Watauga River Guide Report

October in the high country means leaf season and tourists, which equals an influx in guided fishing fly fishing trips. I have been really busy guiding on the Watauga River in east Tennessee. Although all trips are memorable, the trips that tend to stick in my mind are the ones where I am able to put complete beginners on their first fish.

Here are a couple of first timers from recent guide trips on the Watauga River.

Madison's first time fly fishing and her first fish. Not to mention first fish of the day of the day!

Jordan puts a nice first fish on the books!

The Watauga River is fishing good. The brown trout are in spawn mode, and the rainbow trout are looking to eat their eggs. There fish are keying on caddis, bwo’s, crane flies, and midges. The water has been low and clear, with the exception of a few days following rain storms. We have been floating all sections of the Watauga River with good results. With the brown trout spawn going on we urge visiting anglers to be really careful while wading and/or anchoring. Brown trout redds (spawning bed) are highly visible, so keep an eye out while in or on the water.

For those looking to experience a guided float trip on the Watauga River in east Tennessee, give us a call, or drop us an email. 828-446-5552 or appflyguides@yahoo.com


About Ryan

Fly fishing guide on the Catawba River Tailrace!
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1 Response to Watauga River Guide Report

  1. MurphyK says:

    No One book with this guy……I need him to fish with me. If it helps he smells funny and has a lazy eye. No really….this guy is one of the best.

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