TN Stream Reports


Last Update: June 6th, 2017


The Watauga has offered some wading opportunities not found on the Holston recently. Sulphurs and terrestrials are the way to go right now.  Here are the patterns you need to have handy:

pheasant tails, Adams purple parachute (16-18) and sparachute and cdc sulphur patterns. Stoneflies and worm patterns will produce as well. Don’t forget what a great terrestrial stream the Watauga can be. Make sure to have a selection of inchworms, ants and beetles.


If you’ve got a drift boat your in good shape but if you prefer wading the generation schedule has not been favorable. Lots of rain has forced the TVA to continue to lower the lake level.  It’s all about the sulphur hatches right now and that should not change anytime soon.  Here’s what you need in your fly box if you’re headed over that way:

zebra midges in black and olive, WD-40’s in olive, rainbow warriors and small pheasant tails. On top CDC and parachute sulphur patterns and blue winged olive patterns are all you’ll need right now. Streamers can be deadly during high water conditions, especially if you get a cloudy day.

You can check the generation schedule for both rivers on the “Links” page of our website.