It has been a busy last couple of weeks . The Caddis Hatch on the Watauga Tailwater near Elizabethton Tennessee has finally kicked into high gear and the fish are in a feeding frenzy for them. Lots of trophy catches are being brought to the boat. Skating, skimmering and skittering the caddis dries drive them crazy then when the hatch slows down swing emergers and it fishes lights out.
On one trip with a group from the Sea Island Fly Fishers of Beaufort South Carolina, one gentleman hooked up with two browns on one cast on the multiple nymph rig. It was great to watch him fight two strong fish going in opposite directions.
The Holston Proper near Kingsport Tennessee was slow when we started out but it finished with a flurry in the afternoon and some nice smallies were caught.
The past week has been giving us some good weather and great fishing. We have been floating the Holston Proper near Kingsport for smallies and the action is picking up each day as the river warms. The Watauga Tailwater in Elizabethton Tennessee is finally flowing back to normal thanks to the TVA. The fish are still in a holding pattern waiting on the Caddis Hatch, but the float trips have been productive on nymphs and woolly buggers. I love those deep crimson stripes and golden bellies on the rainbows in the Ledges. The South Holston is still fishing great with the sluicing, BWO’s and some sporadic sulphurs are coming off.
We are having a cool couple of days with this cold front, but temperatures will rebound into the mid 70’s next week. We will be doing plenty of trips for the Caddis Hatch the next couple of weeks with some trips to the private waters thrown in as well. The month of May is starting to book up with smallmouth trips so make sure to give me a call and get your trip on the books for some great topwater popper action on the Holston Proper.