Watauga River, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Watauga River, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Keep an eye on the Doe river hydrograph. I would assume this rain may push the lower river out of good fishing shape for a day or two. If that happens concentrate on the upper half.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Watauga River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Patrick Fulkrod
Brown Hobson

Water flow: Fluctuant. Check with TVA

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 63 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Morning

Best stretch: Entire river

Best access point: Wilbur Dam, Siam Bridge, Hunter Bridge, Blevins Rd, TVA Twin Bridges Ramp in Watauga, TN

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges Baetis Terrestrials Sulphurs

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Year Round

Nearest airport: Tri Cities Regional, Asheville

Watauga River Description

The Watauga Tailwater starts at Wilbur Dam and flows through the communities of Siam and Hunter, the towns of Elizabethton and Watauga, then empties out into Boone Lake near Johnson City, Tennessee.

The Watauga Tailwater is considered one of the best trout fishing destinations in the Southern Appalachians. Supporting sizeable fish per mile counts based on TWRA reports, it only seems fitting that ...

Techniques & Tips

Dry Dropper and Nymph streamers

7-Day Forecast

Fishing should be great once the initial surge of water moves through. The Watauga was starting to get low and this boost and water should hang around for 4 to 5 days.

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