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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    Default Learning the Tailwaters

    Hello everyone!
    In 2015 I have decided to dedicate myself to learning the great tailwaters we have in the area. Specifically the Watagua. Any advice you can give me would be most appreciated. I have the ability to float the river. I am curious as to any hints/tips/tricks you could provide. Night fishing and streamer fishing are of particular interest…. I am on the NC side of the hill and fish the Smokies a lot. I primarily fish small streams for Brook trout but want to broaden my horizons to Browns, specifically big browns

    I appreciate it!!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007


    Hire a guide will shorten your learning curve greatly

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Western North Cackalackie


    Good luck in your quest! Lot of good knowledge around here!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Powell, TN


    Agree with billyspey -- hiring a guide at least once will get you into the fish you're looking to catch much faster than on your own. My 2 cents FWIW,

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Crossville, TN


    If you want to catch big browns, I'll echo what the others have said about getting a guide familiar with that water. If you just want to catch fish, think nymphs fished deep. That river is not too hard to catch fish on (or maybe I've always just hit it right).
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Winchester, Kentucky


    What about the Clinch? How is the fishing this time of year?
    You can't stay dry and one temperature all your life! ROB

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Norris, TN


    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Johnson View Post
    What about the Clinch? How is the fishing this time of year?
    It is difficult for wading(nymph, dry, etc.) during the winter months because TVA generates often due to power need/use. Plus; there tends to be more water available in the lake this time of year. Also; they are not confined by the recreational schedule. There will be more wading opportunities once the lake level gets down to a nominal level and the weather follows a dry pattern. I love fishing in the winter. The fish have beautiful colors. It can be slow; depending on the hatch activity and super clear skies+water. So; you have to be creative and stealthy to get the most productive results in my opinion.

    Big fish are taking big streamers right now if you can get the fly down to them. It is tricky and you better have a good oarsman to keep you off the banks, but close.
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