Watauga River, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Watauga River, Tennessee Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The Watauga fished really well last week. The upper was really good. It is getting pretty crowded because of the low flows on the soho and the muddy water mid week from the doe, but it handled it well. The lower river is still really good early and is producing some really nice fish. Afternoons can be slow down there but the lower half of the river is all about grinding out a dozen or so really nice fish not numbers. On the upper midges and baetis still dominate the food chain. Small black and olive midges fished behind an attractor have been good deep. Dry dropper with assorted midges and frenchies has been good too. The beetle fishing has been strong in the slower spots. We will have to keep an eye on how much water comes into Watauga Lake during the next few days. WE may see more high water if the lake jumps.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Watauga River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Patrick Fulkrod
Brown Hobson

Water flow: Fluctuant. Check with TVA

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 62 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Morning

Best stretch: The Upper Half

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:

Terrestrials Midges BWO

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

Nymph and Dry Dropper

7-Day Forecast

We might get some dirty water mid week. That should make some of the big boys easy to sneak up on


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