I've fished the watuaga three times the last two weeks. two of the times were at the bend for about an hour and a half each time in the evening. first time out, there weren't any hatches. i caught a few on nymph rigs of copper johns, ptail, and then white black/gold zebra midge. i caught about six on a small olive bugger. the second time i went was last friday about five in the evening. water was just coming down and there was a decent hatch of small dark caddisflies. i caught two small bows on a white/silver zebra midge to match the creme midges i saw when i first got there. i switched back to the bugger and caught four fish, none bigger than 11" though. i switched to a nymph rig of san juan and ptail and ended the day sight fishing to a 12" brookie who i managed to fool that my wonderful girlfriend reeled in. my latest trip was yesterday morning to hunter bridge. i started fishing with a couple nymphs early but didnt catch anything. i moved upstream and tried the small olive bugger and caught three or four. moved downstream and flat laid it to some fish. finished the day with 22 fish to hand on the bugger and probably missed that many more. it was a lot like bluegill fishing where i knew when the fish would hit on each cast and expected it everytime. what was also like bluegill fishing is the fact that i did not catch one fish out of those 22 that was over nine inches. literally. small bow after small bow after small bow. i dont know if they've overstocked that bad in the watauga or what the deal is, but it isnt fishing the same as it has in the past. i used to expect about every fish to be around 10-12 inches. now im not even catching a 1:25 ratio of decent fish. thats even with fishing a fly normally thought to catch larger fish. this is why i like the soho so much better. if you want to catch fish though, the watauga sure has a ton of them, and it is a beautiful river. im sure the trophy sections probably fishes better right now if you can float it, if not, id say hit the s. holston, but remember some sections are closed for the spawn as of yesterday.
"I've got to stop wishin, I've got to go fishin"
Last edited by milligan trout degree; 11-18-2008 at 10:30 PM..