Watauga River, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Watauga River, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The colder weather means less movement from the fish and their food. I suggest using lighter tippet as well as smaller midges and simple baetis to fool the sluggish trout.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Watauga River is currently Good

Water flow:

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early Mornings

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:

BWO Caddis Midge

Fish species: Trout / Smallmouth

Fishing season: Fall

Nearest airport: Charlotte NC and Johnson City, TN

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

Double nymph set ups and dry/dropper rigs are working well in both Delayed Harvest sections. Consider trying worm or egg patterns as well.

7-Day Forecast

Be sure to pack layers to stay warm. Trout will eat when it's cold, it's just harder to make them move. Accuracy in your cast and good dead-drifts will be the difference between fish and no fish.

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