Top Locations for Trout Fishing in North Carolina 1. The Watauga Tailwater is considered one of the best trout fishing destinations in the Southern Appalachians. The best section of the tailwater is the TVA designated “Quality Trout Zone” which begins at Smalling Bridge and continues downstream 2.5 miles. you won't be disappointed.

2020 MASTER TROUT STOCKING LIST WATAUGA COUNTY DISTRICT 7 STREAM CODE PORTION TO BE STOCKED MI JAN FEB MAR APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC TOTAL SOUTH FORK NEW RIVER NEW 1-9 Adjacent to canoe launch 0.1 miles upstream of US 421 bridge to lower boundary of Brookshire Park 1.00 BROOK 160 160 160 160 640 R'BOW 160 160 160 160 640

Clinch RiverGreat Smoky Mountains, High ElevationGreat Smoky Mountains, Low ElevationHiwassee RiverHolston ProperLittle Pigeon RiverLittle RiverSmall Streams In Blue Ridge MountainsSouth Holston RiverTellico River, Water temperature at mid-day: 59 Degrees F, Best access point: Wilbur Dam, Siam Bridge, Hunter Bridge, Blevins Rd, TVA Twin Bridges Ramp in Watauga, TN. Water flow: Visibility: 18 inches. east Tennessee into Watauga lake. to North Carolina #1580, the stream is under the. In addition to its various water types, the Watauga River is a blue ribbon trout factory boasting around 6000 fish per mile, made up by … Our Watauga Tailwater River has a history of holding 2,000 fish per mile and offers anglers with an unforgettable experience. wade for trophy trout and wild trout on the Watauga River in North Carolina. state's wild trout regulations. It is just an hour drive from Asheville, and we normally float the quality section through Watauga, TN. The headwaters of the 78.5 mile long Watauga, begin at Peak Mountain in North Carolina on the western slope of the Eastern Continental Divide, and end at its confluence with the South Fork of the Holston River. not accessible to wade fishing. Supporting sizeable fish per mile counts based on TWRA reports, it only seems fitting that ... the Cherokee Indians would call the Watauga “beautiful/plentiful water.” This 16-mile long tailwater receives daily recreational releases of cold water from Wilbur Dam flowing over its numerous shoals and riffles creating a most favorable environment for aquatic insect life and year round angling. After it comes out of Wilbur dam it flows and winds for 22 miles of blue ribbon trout fishing water. Fly fishing hatches in order of importance: Nearest airport: Tri Cities Regional, Asheville, Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader, Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet, Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod, Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line. We encourage waders to check flows, as this river is not wade-friendly when Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is generating. Floating these rivers allows you to cover more productive water, and water that is.

One moment we are nymph fishing a slow section, the next fishing sulphur dry flies below a riffle, next casting beetles and ants under overhanging sycamores, and then nymph fishing deep whitewater runs. The Watauga River is an excellent spot for both beginner and veteran anglers because it is a wide river and hatchery supported. Our guides are, Watauga River Float Trip with Asheville Anglers Guide Service, The Watauga river is located in east Tennessee near Johnson City and is just a hour north out of Asheville North Carolina. While the Watauga River headwaters offer a unique fishery with wild brook trout, big brown trout, and smallmouth, the Watauga River Tailwaters offer anglers with trophy catches, including big brown trout, a healthy striper population and rainbow trout. Welcome to the Watauga River Lodge located on the trophy section of the Watauga known to produce gargantuan browns, football-shaped bows and bug chugging brookies – so break in your own equipment or let our expert guides provide you with everything you'll need to tame these trout.