South Holston and Watauga River
Blue Wing nymphs remain to be the theme. Small ones too in the size 20-24 range. Soft hackles are also catching fish as they typically do with great regularity.
Midge fishing? It’s January on a tailwater! This means they are eating them by the bunches as well. Expect to go that route both early and late in the day.
Not catching the numbers of fish you think you should be?
Sometimes A lot of times on these rivers, it’s not necessarily about what you are using, but how you are using it, and where it is in the water column. That is definitely the case on low water, particularly of late where that perfect dead drift just isn’t enough sometimes. Many times the fish on these rivers, the fish like to key in on emerging or swimming insects. So getting your bugs to behave like that can be key. One way to skin that cat is by throwing hard stack mends at the bottom end of your drift. By doing this, it can cause the strike indicator to twitch just enough to make those flies come alive, while at the same time, maintaining a straight drift.
Some of the best nymph fishing of the year is coming up in February and March on both the Watauga River as well as the South Holston. The closed sections will also be opening back up on February 1st on the South Holston River. We have plenty of dates available for some guided fishing this winter. It may be cold sometimes. Windy too. But the fishing can be as good as it gets. There may be no better way to learn these rivers than to fish with a guide. Honest.
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It’s been such a mild and wet January, the streams are getting full and the fishing has been good! Come try it. Even some bugs during the warmer parts of the day. Attractors, nothing fancy.
Come see us here at Highland Outfitters in Linville, North Carolina. Where there is literally some of the best trout fishing in the region, if not the country, in all directions. But we’re a little biased…
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Highland Outfitters Team