I was hoping to talk my dad into taking a guided trip on either the South Holston or the Watauga river (or maybe another tenessee tailrace) and was trying to decide which would be the best option.
My dad and I did float the Watuaga river together once, but it was just after the fish kill. I remember the scenery was great, and that there were a lot of fish, but they were all small. I was wondering if anyone knew how well the fish populations had recovered? Is it reasonable to expect to catch some large fish now?
On the other hand, I have waded the holston a handful of times. Although I did OK, I thought the dry-fly fishing was very technical (maybe too much so for my dad). From what I have read, though, this might be the better choice to hook into some larger fish. On the other hand, I have heard that trips to the South Holston are sometimes divided between wading and floating, depending on the generation schedule and I think that my Dad would really enjoy being in a boat as opposed to spending a lot of time on his feet.
I would appreciate hearing any thoughts about the best way to decide which to fish.