Watauga River, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Watauga River, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Delayed Harvest rivers are CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY until June 5th 2021. Attractor patterns will get looks from fish and don't be afraid to fish smaller baetis and midges.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Watauga River is currently Excellent

Water flow:

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All Day!

Best stretch: Valle Crucis Park and the upper Watauga along 105 behind Foscoe Fishing Co. and up river. Down river access near Sugar Grove along 321

Best access point: Valle Crucis Park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Winter Stone Midge

Fish species: Trout / Smallmouth

Fishing season: Spring

Nearest airport: Charlotte NC and Johnson City, TN

Person Fishing in a stream

Watauga River Description

The headwaters of the Watauga River, rated by NC Wildlife Biologists as some of the best water quality, offers a mix of tiered pools on the upper Watauga to long runs and riffles on the lower Watauga. It begins at the top of Grandfather Mountain and eventually flows into Watauga Lake in Tennessee. The Watauga has both wild trout water and delayed harvest designations and has plenty of public access. The ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymph rigs with the standard stocked fish assortment will work best. Spotting fish from the banks then approaching on DH water will help with the slower days.

7-Day Forecast

Fishing is still good despite the colder weather. Sleep in a little, waiting for the sun to come up will allow for the fishing to pick up.


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