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Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverDennis Killion caught this big brown trout on the Watauga River on November 30, 2013 (click image for full view)

Dennis and Braedon Killion spent a cold but productive day on the Watauga River on Saturday, November 30 during their Thanksgiving visit to Asheville, NC. During the course of booking the date Dennis assured us that young Braedon was an avid fisherman, and it's clear from the pictures that he also has the "fishing gene" and will certainly grow up to be one of the 20% of anglers that catch 90% all the fish caught!

If you want to duplicate Braedon's success with Winter fishing on the Watauga River, prepare yourself for midges in the morning and Baetis in the afternoon and--as you can see from the pictures--big fish distributed throughout the river. Click the thumbnails that follow for full-size views of Dennis and Braedon's November 30 success on the Watauga River:

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverDennis Killion, November 30, 2013 on the Watauga River

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverBraedon Killion with a nice brown trout, November 30, 2013 on the Watauga River

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverBraedon Killion with another nice brown trout, November 30, 2013 on the Watauga

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverBraedon Killion with a big rainbow trout, November 30, 2013 on the Watauga River

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverBraedon Killion with another big 'bow, November 30, 2013 on the Watauga River

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverBraden Killion with a GIANT rainbow, November 30, 2013 on the Watauga River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverJeff Paffort caught this big rainbow trout on the Watauga River on November 17, 2013 (click image for full view)

Doug Root wrangled together a posse of hard-charging anglers for a two-day assault on the trout of East Tennessee, floating the South Holston River on November 16 and the Watauga River the next day. Altamont Anglers guides Teo Whitlock and Joe Spencer manned the oars on the South Holston, while Teo teamed up with AA guide Jake Chiles the next day on the Watauga. It appears that Jake and Teo's clients had some success on the Watauga, judging by the pictures they sent, but we'll never know whether they had any luck on the Soho until they provide photagraphic proof to back up the tall tales we're hearing.

While we're waiting for the photos of those alleged South Holston hogs, enjoy full views of some more of the fishing on the Watauga River on November 17, 2013 by clicking the following thumbs...

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Craig Cortright with a big ol' bow on the Watauga River

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Another view of Craig Cortright's big rainbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverDavid Luttrell caught this gorgeous rainbow trout on the Watauga River on November 10, 2013 (click image for full view)

David Luttrell and his buddy Nate floated the Watauga River with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock on Sunday, November 101. On that sunny fall day, in search of size (pre-spawn for the brown trout) they found beauty in the form of brightly colored trout.

Properly rigged double nymph set-ups featuring a variety of attractors trailed by a variety of midge patterns seemed to do the trick, and probably will continue to be the winning formula for the coming Winter months. Look for nice Baetis hatches when the weather turns nasty, and plumb the depths on the sunny days. Click the following thumb for a full-size view of Nate's nice brown trout...

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Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverAltamont Anglers guide Jason VanDyke caught this big striper on the Watauga River, September 6, 2013 (click image for full view)

What do fly fishing guides do on their day off? They go catch the fish they put their clients onto the the day before! And Altamont Anglers guides Jason VanDyke and Stephen Morris took the day off on the Watauga River, chasing the striped bass while they were still in the river on September 6, 2013.

Fortunately, Stephen was just back from some saltwater adventures off the coast of South Carolina and brought along some of the sailfish flies used there, which proved to be an almost perfect match for the rainbow trout these stripers like to eat. The fly is easily seen by clicking the thumbnail below of Stephen and his striper--not so big a fish as the one on the left caught by Jason, but a worthy striper on a fly.

One of the pleasures of fishing the Watauga River is the variety--on your day off you can catch striped bass, smallmouth bass, brown and rainbow trout.

Click the thumbs for full views of the guides' day off, September 6, 2013:

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverStephen Morris had the right fly for these stripers

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverStephen Morris proves the variety available on the Watauga River with a nice brown trout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverDonna Willingham caught the big rainbow held by her guide, Teo Whitlock on the Watauga River, September 3, 2013 (click image for full view)

It's hard to say which element of that photo on the left is more colorful: the guide, the client or the rainbow trout!

But it's a photo that exemplifies the fishing during September, as we segue from Summer pastels to vivid Fall colors. That rainbow is clearly a highly-oxygenated--and healthy--fish, and we'll soon be seeing the brown trout morphing into bright pre-spawn colors as they begin taking on protein and moving out of their safety zones in the search for mates. From now until the spawn begins, typically in mid November, fishing will be excellent on both the Watauga and South Holston Rivers.

The Watauga itself has been well populated by stripers for the last month or so, although they should be moving back into the lake by mid-September, just in time for us to start chasing brown trout.

Click the thumbs below for full views of some recent September fishing on the Watauga River...

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverDonna Willingham with a Watauga River rainbow, September 3, 2013

Asheville, NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverPaula Goldman & her guide, Teo Whitlock, hold a Watauga River rainbow, September 9, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverDr. Usman Manzoor and his guide, Travis Honeycutt, with a nice Watauga River brown trout caught on August 9, 2013 (click image for full view)

In these times of strange weather--monsoons in Western North Carolina?--we are fortunate to have the dependable down-stream flows controlled by our major electic utility companies, the TVA and Duke Power. For--love them or hate them--they definitely provide a haven from the flood-prone mountain streams we normally wade. In normal seasons August finds our streams shrinking under the late summer heat and drought, but not this year. Near or above-record rainfalls have kept the streams up and muddy, and sent our Altamont Anglers guides to the controlled angling environment provided by the hydro-electric water releases below the TVA's dams.

This is just what AA guide Travis Honeycutt offered to our clients on Friday, August 9: Dr's Nasir Majeed and Usman Manzoor teamed up for a first-ever try at fly fishing, and Travis took them over the hill to the Watauga River, in East Tennessee. It's apparent from the pictures that Dr's Majeed and Manzoor are quick studies--not everyone can "get it" well enough on a first attempt at fly fishing to even make a cast, much less catch fish!

But beginners lucky enough to share the boat with an Altamont Anglers guide have a distinct advantage, and the proof can be seen by clicking any of the following images...

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Dr. Usman Manzoor & Dr. Nasir Majeed with a nice Watauga River brown trout, 8/09/13

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Dr. Nasir Majeed with a nice Watauga River rainbow trout, 8/09/13

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Dr. Usman Manzoor with a nice Watauga River brown trout, 8/09/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jason Thaler with a nice Watauga River brown trout caught on July 2, 2013 (click for full view).

Jason Thaler escapes the hustle and bustle of New York City by celebrating the 4th of July in our Smokey Mountains, and most years he reserves at least one day for fishing. Altamont Anglers guide Jake Chiles took Jason over to the Watauga River on July 2 to dodge thunderstorms and hammer the trout, enjoying the dry spells with some excellent nymph fishing.

The usual summer smorgasborg of bugs are feeding the trout in early July: myriads of caddis, the ubiquitous midge population, smatterings of sulphur duns on the water and summer Craneflies. The attractor nymph/midge trailor is the effective combo, but keep an eye out for surface-feeding fish and toss them a caddis or sulphur dun if you get the chance.

Click the following images for full views of more of Jason's July 2 fireworks:

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Jason Thaler with another nice Watauga River brown trout, 7/02/13

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Jason Thaler with a nice Watauga River rainbow trout, 7/02/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brad Weeks with a nice Watauga River rainbow caught on June 7, 2013 (click for full view).

Brad Weeks made the trek over from Lookout Mountain, TN to spend some quality time on the Watauga River, fishing on June 7 with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock.

There's plenty of great fishing to be had on the Watauga River now--June is busting out all over with good Sulphurs, Crane flies, occasional Caddis and some newly arriving Stripers.

The water is a little turbid with runoff from all the recent rain, and the fish are therefore less spooky about leaders. resulting in excellent nymph fishing. When the sulphers are around, fish a size 18 sulphur nymph dropped below any old attractor pattern and enjoy the turbidity while it lasts.

Click the following thumbnails for full views of several days of fishing on the Watauga River during the first week in June, 2013:

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Brad Weeks with a nice Watauga River rainbow.

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Brad Weeks with a nice Watauga River rainbow.

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Brad Weeks with a nice Watauga River rainbow.

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John Grant with a nice Watauga River rainbow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverTeo Whitlock holds a hefty Watauga River Striped bass caught on June 4, 2013 (click image for full view)

There's plenty of great fishing to be had on the Watauga River now--June is busting out all over with good Sulphurs, Crane flies, occasional Caddis and some newly arriving Stripers.

The water is a little turbid with runoff from all the recent rain, and the fish are therefore less spooky about leaders. resulting in excellent nymph fishing. When the sulphers are around, fish a size 18 sulphur nymph dropped below any old attractor pattern and enjoy the turbidity while it lasts.

Click the following thumbnails for full views of several days of fishing on the Watauga River during the first week in June, 2013:

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Travis Brotherton with a nice Wataga River brown trout, June 3, 2013.

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Tim Shipman with a nice Wataga River rainbow trout, June 3, 2013.

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Teo Whitlock with a big Wataga River Striper, June 4, 2013.

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Teo Whitlock with a big Watauga River Striper, June 4, 2013.

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Teo Whitlock with a nice Watauga River brown trout, June 4, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Runge with a nice Wataga River rainbow trout, June 6, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville NC fly fishing guides on the Watauga RiverA beautiful Watauga River brown trout caught by Heath 'White, held here by his guide, Joe Spencer (click image for full view)

Max Green and Heath White had a plan for Derby Day, a little different plan than most of their fellow Kentucky-ans. Their plan didn't involve Mint Juleps, funny hats or race-horses--it involved driving from Louisville, KY on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby and fishing the Watauga River with Altamont Anglers.

AA guide Joe Spencer drew the duty for Saturday, May 4, and--judging by the pictures--put Heath into a sort of Watauga River "Grand Slam". The watauga River features a diverse fish population, illustrated here by nice brown trout, rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. The smallie was taken on a nymph on 4X tippet!

Click the thumbs that follow for full-size images from the fishing on May 4, 2013:

 

 

 

 

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Joe Spencer holds a nice Watauga River rainbow caught by Heath White, May 4, 2013 (click to embiggen)

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Heath White holds a nice Watauga River smallmouth bass caught on May 4, 2013 (click to embiggen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fly fishing the Watauga RiverA big Bobcat photographed by Paul Tootleman on the Watauga River on April 11, 2013 (click image for full view)

Every Spring Paul Tootleman organizes a posse of bounty trout hunters, mostly from his North Jersey/New York environs but occasionally including some good old boys from Pinehurst, NC, and they assault the fishy redoubts of the Watauga and South Holston Rivers. Good times are always had by all--but the trout!

But this year an unforgettable moment of the kind only observable from the vantage point of a drift boat occurred. Paul and fishing buddy Steve Paradise, under the guidance of Altamont Anglers guide Jay Dodd and drifting the Watauga River last Thursday, spied a big Bobcat on some fallen logs high up on the bank. As they watched, the cat suddenly went into full-on crouching stalk mode, having heard or smelled something just up the hill, behind some rocks. He pounced and our intrepid anglers watched as he shook the life from a groundhog and dragged it off to his lair.

And, if this weren't enough excitement for a 3-day fishing excursion, trout were caught!! Cick the thumbnails that follow for full views of a couple of the many fish caught fishing the Watauga and South Holston Rivers on April 10, 11 and 12, 2013:

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Ron Rhody, in the yellow shirt, caught this big brown (held by his guide, Teo Whitlock) on the Watauga River on April 10, 2013 (click to enlarge)

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David Crosby caught that big brown trout with the guidance of Altamont Anglers guide Joe Spencer (in the water) on the South Holston River on April 12, 2013 (click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fly fishing the Watauga RiverDennis Anderson with a big brown caught on the Watauga River on March 29, 2013 (click image for full view)

Dennis Anderson is an avid smallmouth bass fisher and scheduled some days at the end of March and early April for just that purpose. But when the smallmouth waters got blown out by the weather, Dennis and Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock shifted gears and headed for the Watauga River to chase the trout.

Clearly they made the right decision, judging by the pictures. Click the the thumbnails that follow for full views of some terrific trout fishing from a smallmoouth bass pro.

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fly fishing the Watauga RiverDon Hall caught this beautiful brown trout on the Watauga River on October 14, 2012 (click image for full view)

Don Hall escapes to the mountains from his Florida home twice a year, in May and again in October, for some therapeutic hiking and fishing. He's a fan of North Carolina's Davidson River and a devout follower of the brown trout on the South Holston and Watauga rivers in East Tennessee. His most recent excursion finds him on the Watauga River on Sunday, October 14, in the boat oared by Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock.

You can tell from the photos that it's a beautiful fall day, from the colors in the background and the even more beautiful colors of those fish in the foreground. The brown trout are in full pre-spawn color display!

Click the thumbnails that follow for a slideshow of some fine Fall fishing...
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fly fishing the South Holston RiverBill Matyi caught this big brown--held by guide Teo Whitlock--on the Watauga River on June 6, 2012 (click image for full view)

Bill Matyi is a South Holston River fanatic, but when he invited David Swink to join him for some fishing on June 6 their guide took them over to the Watauga River instead. Proof that it pays to listen to a guide's advice is in the pictures: Bill caught a hog of a brown trout, but even more impressive was David's big striper!!

Just because most of the catching is still being done Sulphur patterns, BWO's on cloudy days and the ever-present midges doesn't mean one shouldn't mix it up with the occasional streamer, as Bill and David have discovered.

Click the images for larger views of the fishing on the Watauga River on June 6, 2012:
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Watauga River fly fishing Altamont Anglers fly fishing guide Jason VanDyke with a massive brown trout caught on the Watauga River on April 2, 2012 (click image for full view)

Be sure to bring some caddis patterns when you plan to do some fly fishing on the Watauga River this month, both the little black caddis and the bigger tan caddis. We haven't seen the fish get up on the dries so much yet, but they're on the pupas for sure.

Just about everything else is hatching that you'd expect for this time year, as well, including Hendricksons, Crane-flies midges. The recent rains haven't helped though, with the Doe River muddying up and blowing out the Watauga River the past few days.

Altamont Anglers guide Jason VanDyke got there on Monday, April 2--before the floods--and got lucky with the right fly at the right time, with the results you see on the left. Click the thumbnails below for some more shots at that big brown...
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Watauga River fly fishing Pete Post with a pretty brown trout caught on the Watauga River on March 29, 2012 (click image for full view)

Great gobs of Caddis everywhere are the main event on the Watauga River right now, but we're also seeing Hendricksons, crane-flies and the usual assortment of midges.

Pete Post escaped the Houston, TX heat for a couple of days with Altamont Anglers fly fishing guide Teo Whitlock, fly fishing the Watauga River and enjoying the unbelievable Spring weather. The trout appeared to be enjoying the weather, too, judging by the photos Pete sent us.

Click the thumbnails for a slideshow of Watauga River fly fishing on April 29 and 30, 2012:
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Watauga River fly fishing Tom Taylor holding one of the three 20"+ brown trout caught on the Watauga River on March 27, 2012 (click image for full view)

Tom Taylor had a couple of real good days in a row, catching the biggest smallmouth bass of his fishing career on March 26, 2012 and then on March 27, 2012 catching three brown trout in a row in excess of 20 inches long.

That's not a bad stretch of luck, even if that luck is enhanced by the hard work of a knowledgable fishing guide, in this case Altamont Anglers' Teo Whitlock.

The Watauga River is where to be now, with trout feasting on midges, Hendricksons, BWO's (if the weather is right, which means cold and nasty), Sulphurs, both caddis (tan and black) and Craneflies.

Of course, the weather hasn't been cold or nasty, so the BWO's may not be the hatch to match but you'll need the whole fly box to cover the variety available to the trout right now.

Click the thumbnails that follow for a slideshow of Tom Taylor's back-to-back-to-back brown trout on the Watauga River on March 27, 2012:
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Watauga River fly fishing Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock holds a nice Watauga River rainbow caught by his client, Craig Wolff (click image for full view)

Summer is the time for Caddis, Craneflies and Copper Johns on the Watauga River, and the cool water is great relief from the "heat dome", too.

Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock spent a few days guiding our clients Craig Wolff, Powell Jones and Powell's son, Madison recently, and didn't miss many excuses to get out of the boat for some "wet" wading--the perfect way to cool one's heels on a hot day in July.

Click the thumbs for a slide show of some of the recent fishing on the Watauga River:

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Watauga River fly fishing Jeremiah with a hefty smallmouth bass caught on the Watauga River on July 16, 2001 (click image for full view)

Jeremiah arranged for an escape from the summer heat by booking a float trip for his brother-in-law Lawrence and himself. Altamont Anglers guide Travis Honeycutt manned the oars on the Watauga River, where they enjoyed the wide variety of the river's fish population, catching plenty of trout and some fine smallmouth bass, and harrassing but--alas--not catching some sizable stripers.

The trout fishing and the smallmouth bass fishing is highly regarded around Western North Carolina and East Tennessee, but what's not so widely known is the diversity of our fisheries: add in the musky and striper fishing, and local anglers have more choices than most...

Click any of the thumbnail images that follow for a slide show of the fishing on July 16, 2001:

 

 

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David and Sheila Leach with a brace of Watauga River rainbows (click image for fullsize view)

It's summertime, and the fishing is easy--to paraphrase the great George Gershwin. As long as you can dodge the predictable afternoon thunderstorm, you'll find happy trout feeding on caddis patterns, Sulphurs, Sulphur nymphs, midges and craneflies.

David and Sheila Leech usually escape the trout-challenged environment of their home in Austin, TX for the cooling rivers of the Rocky Mountains. But, when a family event required their attendance nearer to our Smoky Mountains, they looked into the fly fishing possibilities--it's called "googling"--and wound up spending a day on the Watauga River with Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock.

Not surprisingly, photos were taken! And Sheila sent some along with this note: "We really enjoyed the trip. Caught lots of beautiful rainbow and browns on the Watauga River. Our guide, Teo, was the best! David and Sheila Leech, Austin, TX"

All we can say is thanks, and click the thumbnails for a mini-slide show of some nice Watauga River fly fishing.

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Davidson River fly fishingGreg Braunstein hoisting a monster striped bass caught on the Watauga River, May 25, 2011 (click image for full-size)

Greg Braunstein fishes with Altamont Anglers whenever he gets the chance (like this time and this time), escaping the work-a-day world of his medical practice in Florida for the cool, tranquil waters of the Watauga River.

Greg is an avid fly fisherman, as the following photos prove, but is willing to experiment with new techniques, if his guide suggests--and Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock did indeed suggest targeting something other than the Watauga River's trout population.

That giant striper Greg caught wasn't weighed (no scales in the boat!--there will be next time...), but Teo says it felt heavier than his 45lb anchor so we're going with 40+ pounds. And--truth in advertising--it wasn't caught on a fly.

Click the thumbnails that follow for a slideshow of Greg Braunstein fly fishing the Watauga River on May 24 & 25, 2011:

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Watauga River fly fishingMark Kalish caught this nice brown trout on the Watauga River, May 19, 2011 (click image for full-size)

You can't always get what you want, from the TVA, but sometimes you get what you need...

Mark Kalish booked a float trip for some Watauga River fly fishing with Altamont Anglers back on May 19, and no sooner had his guide, Teo Whitlock, put the boat in the water than the un-scheduled TVA generation arrived in full flow. And when that happens, you just go with the flow...

But to their surprise and delight, the sulphur hatch was abundant enough to have the trout looking up, even in the heavy current--something a little unusual for the Watauga River. The result was a great day catching lots of trout on both dries and nymphs.

Mark was so impressed by his first visit to the Watuaga River that he emailed, in part, "...We had a great time and I will not be returning to Montana or Wyoming again. "

Click the the thumbnail images that follow for a slide show of the Mark Kalish fly fishing the Watauga River:

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A Watauga River brown troutJoe Deangelis with gorgeous Watauga River brown trout caught on May 5, 2011 (click image for full view)

Steve Stasiak and Joe Deangelis are a couple of adventurous New Yorkers, both former guides on the upper Delaware River, who headed South last week for a taste of our Southern hospitality--as it pertains to fly fishing.

Altamont Anglers guide Teo Whitlock spent a few days showing them around the South Holston River and the Watauga River, where it was proven that good fly fishing techniques translate universally from North to South, much to the dismay of East Tennessee's trout population.

Click the following thumb nails for a slide show of the fine fishing enjoyed by Joe and Steve:

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A nice Watauga River brown trout
Frank Mcfadden caught this nice rainbow on the Watauga River on May 1, 2011 (click for larger view).

The Watauga River is back. Tough generation schedules and tough fishing in the last few weeks have turned around to hot fishing on more friendly generation schedules.

It's caddis most of the day, midges in the morning and some sulphurs in the afternoon. Fish are hungry with lots of eager eaters in the 14" to 16" range, and the bigger ones available to the lucky few.

Click the thumbnails below for larger views of more of the fishing on May 1, 2011:

 

A Watauga River rainbow troutAngus McFadden with a bright Watauga River rainbow

A Watauga River brown troutA nice Watauga River brown trout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Altamont Anglers operates on Pisgah National Forest Rivers under USDA Forest Service Permit #PIS6560)

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