Tennessee Tailwaters - Road Trip Report


Last week we traveled to East Tennessee for some Tailwater fishing on the South Holston and Watagua Rivers. This great fishery boasts 10,000 fish per mile trout populations and some of the more technical fly fishing you can find.

We had 4 full days of fishing size #20 to 24 flies to Trout that range from yearlings to 25+". The Brown above measured 22" and took a #20 crippled midge pattern.

For us Upper Delaware Anglers the biggest obstacle is getting used to the 6X tippet and the tiny flies. Once you come to terms with the rigging the fishing is pretty exciting and the action is usually steady. Our highlight on this trip was casting tiny midges to the rising fish that were feeding in or just below the surface. This was a great challenge in the gin clear water. Below is a big suspended target that I photographed in the Watagua river.