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03-05-2008, 01:06 PM
thinking about hitting a tailwater this week, before my spring break is up. possibly the HI or watauga. anyone have any reports to share or a status update on the fishing?
03-05-2008, 01:51 PM
Have you checked the flow on the Doe? At 1150cfs I don't think the Watagua will be fishable below the Doe. The river above the Doe should be ok.
03-05-2008, 02:10 PM
Don't know about the HI or the Watauga, but the SoHo was fishing well the beginning of the week. I took a little time off Monday afternoon and hit the river a little after 2:00. I caught 15-20 fish in 3 hours. Caught several 14-15" browns. Mostly nymph fishing (trying out a new fly). Did catch a few on BWO's when I first arrived before switching over to nymphs. I noticed this morning that the river has a lot of color down here in Bluff City. There have finally been some decent BWO hatches the last couple of weeks.
03-05-2008, 02:51 PM
is the doe the one that runs through elizabethton?
mtnmike, what size BWO's?
03-05-2008, 02:57 PM
20's or smaller. I fish almost nothing but 20's. Thorax, Comparadun, Parachutes all in 20's.
And yes the Doe runs through Elizabethton and runs into the Watauga just above the public access behind the ball field.
03-05-2008, 03:33 PM
I should also mention that most of my better fish came on nymph's. However last Friday I got a beautiful 17" rainbow on a BWO camparadun.
03-05-2008, 10:17 PM
thanks mike, I'm heading to the soho tomorrow. will possibly hit the watauga as well. what nymphs should I be tying?
03-05-2008, 10:44 PM
While I don't use it very often the zebra midge is a fly you definitely want to have with you. Without telling the world exactly what I prefer to use, I will just say very slim profiled mayfly nymphs in 16-20's. When fishing a dry/dropper rig I will sometimes use size 24 micro mayflies. If you will give me an e-mail address I will be more specific.
03-05-2008, 11:11 PM
03-05-2008, 11:32 PM
I sent you an e-mail.
03-06-2008, 02:40 PM
The lower Holston seems to be fishing pretty well right now. The midges are coming of literally off in swarms.
03-06-2008, 05:06 PM
Yeah I was up there the other day, and the fish were just slamming midges anywhere I threw them. Were you down at nances ferry cincivol?
03-08-2008, 12:04 PM
No, I fished last weekend up near Cherokee dam. Good to hear that the Holston is fishing well down lower too!
03-09-2008, 05:41 PM
Alright quick question I was fishing up at the Clinch today and there were little flies coming off of the water (they almost looked like little mayflies), and every dry fly that I tied on never got one hit. Any ideas on what fly was coming off today?
03-09-2008, 08:23 PM
Most likely small olive midges around a #20/22 or so parachute usually will do the trick if the fish are keying in on them...may even venture to say maybe some small BWOs', but from what have experiencend in the past is that its not much of a hatch to speak of compared to the likes on the SoHo...midges and blackflies on the other hand on the clinch in the winter are a staple, most likely midges...
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