As East Tennessee begins to dry out from the wet spring the fishing here on our Tailwaters is heating up. The South Holston is running a steady 1200 cfs and the dry fly bite is on. Some days are better than others as far as hatches but if dry fly is your game then the South Holston has what you need!
The Watauga River is beginning to dial the water back a bunch which will allow even more fantastic options during your visit. Great things are happening on our rivers and it has been a fantastic start as we slide through spring.
Mother’s day is around the corner and a gift of a fly fishing experience could be just what she is looking for. Take Mom fishing, She will love it!
The Watauga River Caddis Hatch will be here before we know it and it truly entices the big browns to look up and gorge themselves on drys. Here are just a few pics from the past two years on the Taug and hopefully this years hatch will be even better. The second week of April is when we should start to see this happen. We still have some availability during this time so if you have not made any plans to fish on our Tailwaters now is the time to get you in on the action. Hope you enjoy these pics!
Great fishing to be had here on our Tailwaters, Despite the crazy amounts of rain Mature Nature has been gracing us with the weather is finally turning around. I can’t think of a better way to welcome spring but with a trip down one of our fantastic rivers.
It has been a mixed bag on the menu for the trout of the SoHo and until we start seeing larger hatches that will continue. What are these fishing eating? I feel like a broken record but here we go, Scuds, Sowbugs, Midges and Olives nymphs are all bringing fish to the net. Is this 2600 cfs fishing well? Yep sure is. It’s a little tough to fish on anchor so staying on the move is the name of the game. Attention Streamer Aficionado’s, For those of you looking to cast streamers in hopes of connecting with a giant, Now is your chance with the high flows both rivers have been producing.
Now is also the time to start thinking about the Caddis Hatch and Sulphurs coming in hot. We still have availability to give you a front row seat at nature’s screening for one of these hatches. Give us a call and we will get you dialed in for a great experience.
Speaking of coming in hot, The 2nd Annual Tailwater Round Up is right around the corner March 16th,17th & 18th. We have some fantastic prizes that will be given away all for a great cause. FT3 Film Showing March 16th at Holston River Brewing Co. Watauga and SoHo River Clean up Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th the SOHO 2MAN Flyfishing Tournament, Do not miss out. Contact us or make a trip to a local outfitter and mention the Round Up for more details. Hope to see you there!
January has really turned around weather wise considering how it started. The next couple weeks are prime winter fishing conditions here on our tailwaters. The spawning sections getting ready to open back up on the SoHo February 1st and with the temperatures hovering around 50 degrees this is a great time to clean off that winter rust a go fishing.
The flows on the SoHo have been fantastic for wading or floating, 450 cfs has been the deal and it looks like TVA will keep this going for a bit. Midges, Olives, Scuds & Eggs are all bringing fish to the net. The Watauga flows have been little more inconsistent but certainly fishable. Please do not forget about our specials running through February.
We are wide open right now for January and February and are discounting our cabin rental rates to give you one more reason to be on the South Holston. Our nightly cabin rental rates are dropping from $135- $340/night to $80-$200/night, with weekly rates available as well, details below.
Midge – $80/night Weekly – $400
Caddis – $120/night Weekly – $600
Blue Wing Olive – $160/night Weekly – $800
Mayfly – $200/night Weekly – $1,000
Our guide Trips are still available at our normal rates and we are offering 30% off to the first 10 Trips booked for January and February through our new booking software on our website. The first 10 groups to use the promo code below will get 30% off a guide trip booked in January or February.
Promo Code – WintDisc
You may call us at the office to make your reservation today!
Office Number – 877-767-7875
Cold temperatures across our region are chiming in for sure. This certainly has made us dress a bit warmer but the fishing remains solid on both of our tailwaters. Water flows from TVA are relatively consistent giving us plenty of options to choose from. The Watauga River has been running a bit of water in the morning and cranking it off for the remainder of the day. South Holston River has a little different program, 340 cfs on the weekends which is perfect wading or a low water float and then 1100 cfs Monday afternoon till Friday afternoon. This 1100 flow offers very limited wading opportunities but great from a drift boat or raft.
Yes, It’s that time of year again, eggs, olives, scuds and worm patterns are all catching fish as spawning is in full effect. Please be mindful of the closed sections on the South Holston, TWRA wildlife officers have been patrolling these areas and we welcome them with open arms. While other fisheries may slow down or become unfishable during the winter months we here in east TN are still fishing and are in full swing. So if no crowds and cold weather fishing is your game then this is the place to be!
Two words can describe the fishing on the South Holston as of yesterday, ON FIRE! Below picture of Bryan Woody can ensure my words. With consistent releases from TVA and some great weather to boot we are fishing strong here in East TN. There are still some Sulphur’s in the air and the trout are on the chow as we slide into fall. Midges, Scuds, Mayfly Nymphs are what’s on the menu for the trout of the SoHo. If you are still trying to figure out where you are going to fish this fall? look no further. Our tailwaters have exactly what the doctor ordered.
The Watauga River? Well, I have heard mixed reports but mostly good things. The SoHo has been fishing to good to go over the hill to the Taug at this time. All in all great time to be in fishing in East TN.
The SOHO and the Watauga are both in full swing despite TVA’s randomly fluctuation of water on both tailwaters. These changes can and are coming with no notice so be aware of water levels especially when fishing the South Holston. TVA is doing major work on the South Holston Dam so these types of changes are expected. Even with the change of flow the fishing on both rivers has been excellent and with the cooler temperatures making the days much more enjoyable. Fall is around the corner folks!
Sulphur’s, yes we got em. Dryfly fishing was at a premium yesterday as the water dropped and with the 340cfs schedule for the next few days the fishing should be excellent. The Midge bite has been cranking fish in the net but that’s no surprise. Do not forget about the Scud and Mayfly nymphs as well, they also are definitely getting the job done on our tailwaters. Great time to be here on our rivers in east Tennessee.