As trout anglers we understand the importance of rainfall and how crucial this can be. Rainfall can dictate the fishing conditions and in most cases help or hurt our catch rate depending on water flow. While most rivers in our area are to high or muddy from recent rains the South Holston is still fishing!!! Yesterday the fishing was tough in the murkey water but today is a different story, we are running strong water but clarity has improved and we are in good shape as we enter the weekend.
Sulphers are popping and the dry fly bite shall only get better as we start heading into June. The Watauga? Well, 2700CFS is alot of water and I will stay away from that flow until TVA dials it back a bit. Mother Nature must have thought our region was parched and decided to quench our thirst.
Hell or high water is what the boy’s say on the West Branch of The Delaware River and that’s exactly what we have is high water. With all of the recent rain both the South Holston and Watauga Rivers have seen around the clock generation and have been running wide open.
What does all this mean for fishing? Well, the Watauga could dial it down a bit, 2900 cfs is a little much for that tailwater and fishing conditions at that level are tough to negotiate. The South Holston is a different story, fishing has been killer. High water floats have been the name of the game and railing fish under an indicator has been our program. A few Suplhers in the afternoons have made an appearance and the occasional sipper could wind up with a hook in its mouth if we catch em slippin. If a high water South Holston float trip gets you excited then we have you dialed in this spring. Please remember wading either of these rivers during these flows is not recommended.
Well anglers, The wait is over! The last few days the infamous Caddis hatch on the Watauga River has really started to heat up. This next week should be nothing short of spectacular for those looking to hunt for a big fish rising for big bugs. The nymph bite has been very good but these trout are starting to look up, giving away their position and and not turning much down, for now. The South Holston? yep! fishing great as well. The SoHo is a great option if you would like to see fewer anglers and pressure. We have had some Sulpher activity as well as Olives in the afternoons. Spring time fishing at it’s finest right here in East Tennessee.
We are getting things ramped up here at the Lodge and even with the Caddis hatch insight we always look forward to participate in one of our favorite shows of the year, The Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival. This weekend Festival Director Beau Beasley celebrates almost two decades as commander and chief as what has grown into two amazing days in the fly fishing industry. Beau’s passionate commitment to Veterans and Project Healing Waters and the future of Fly Fishing is why this show hits on all levels. If you have kids bring em! if you are just starting out? come on, if you are seasoned angler? Make time for this event and enjoy some great wine and beer and take your fly fishing game to the next level.
Guests speakers are always a great way to take advantage of some education while at the festival. Beau has a line up of All Stars ready to share their experience and knowledge with you all day. This is a great way to cut the curve and see things in a professional perspective while enjoying the days activities.
If the South Holston is on your list? don’t forget to check out Jon Hooper’s Fly Fishing the South Holston River seminar. He will break down the different seasons and let you know what you can expect during the year. He will also share techniques and fly selections for the tricky trout of the SOHO. If you would like to elevate your tailwater game or planning a trip to the South Holston then this is the seminar for you. Hope to see y’all in Doswell.
Spring has sprung and April showers will bring May flowers this year as we have seen some rain over the last week and it is coming our way as the week progresses. This is great news! A little extra water is never a bad thing as we head toward our epic Caddis Hatch on the Watauga.
We have had some great fishing over the last couple of weeks and get ready it’s about to be red hot. Both the South Holston and Watauga have had a relatively consistent bite with Mayflies being the main course under the indicator. Drys? Yep we got em, in the afternoons for about 2-3 hours of rising trout. In the next few weeks the waterline on the Watauga Tailwater will be crawling with Caddis, This will bring out the Alpha’s giving anglers a shot at a great brown on the dry fly. This hatch is short and sweet but truly a phenomenon that should not be missed. If the thrill of the hunt is up your alley than this hatch can quench that thirst.
Well it looks like we have escaped the wrath of Mother Nature this year as far as brutal temps, ice and even snow. Hopefully I will not regret this last statement.
High water floats on the South Holston are definitely on tap as TVA has been running water consistently this past week and with the recent rain it looks like they will keep the flow for a bit. Scuds, Eggs, Midges and Olive Nymphs are the name of the game on our tailwater for the time being. Dries? a few rising fish in the afternoons but nothing to get to excited over.
The Watauga is fishing pretty good as well with very little traffic over the past few days, which has been super nice. The minimum flow is what you can expect with a hour pulse in the morning which is putting some serious color in the water for about 2 hours. It is fishing fantastic on that water drop. Get out there and enjoy some of God’s creations and put a bend in that flyrod.
That right folks, We are offering full day guided floats from 9am – 4pm, with a lunch and beverages for 325.00 plus tax for the month of February. The weather has been surprisingly mild for the most part and we have been on the water daily and have the bite dialed in. We hope that you will come and take advantage of this terrific February Special. Contact: Jon Hooper 423-747-7366 for booking
On another note, the First Annual Tailwater Round – Up is coming in HOT! This is a 3 day event that will kick off March 24th with a showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) at Studio Brew in Bristol Va. at 6pm, doors open at 4pm. Proceeds from the film showing will fund the South Holston and Watauga Rivers clean-up. The river clean up is Saturday March 25th with all participants meeting at the Weir Dam parking lot on the South Holston tailwater at 9am. On Sunday March 26th, anglers get ready for the First Annual SOHO Two Man fly fishing tournament. I have one spot left for a 2 competitor team on the roster for those interested. This weekend is a community event and all are encouraged to attend, you can purchase tickets online or at your local outfitter in the Tri Cities.