Foscoe Fishing Company Guide - Tyler Almond
Tyler's Fly Fishing Tales
Follow along with Tyler as he shares his flyfishing adventures in the freshwater streams of North Carolina and Tennessee. Tyler posts to this blog regularly so be sure to check back often or subsribe to our newsletter for digest updates.
Fishing has picked up and is in full swing. Tennessee is fishing great as we are making many trips to the South Holston and Watauga River. Sulphur hatches are coming off on the holston and the Watauga is producing well also. The small streams in our beautiful mountains are fishing well. The recent rain has left the streams at a perfect level. A dry/dropper rig is the best fit for the small streams. Picking up many fish on either the dry or the nymph is common. The Delayed Harvest Water are fishing well. Be sure to head out there and fish before the Delayed Harvest Regulations will end the first Saturday in June. Follow all regulations and promote catch and release!
Great day on the Watauga with Micky Swaim and John Pense! Had some nice fish come to the boat and even some dry fly activity later in the day. Hope to do it again!
Fishing started out pretty hot for the first part of day on the Watauga then tapered off a bit towards the afternoon but all of the fish caught were nice healthy fish! There were a few caddis moving around and hopefully it wont be too long before the big hatch! The usual midge and beatis bight was the ticket for the day.
Spring is just around the corner in the High Country and if you haven’t had the opportunity to fish the mild winter we’ve had then its time to break out the gear! We are very excited about the upcoming season and we have stocked the shop with the latest and greatest gear of 2012 so be sure and come by to stock up! Fishing has been great due to the warmer weather. Locally the delayed harvest sections of the Watauga river have been fishing well and nice hatches of blue winged olives and midges have kept the fish and fisherman happy! The tailwaters have also been fishing well and some nice fish have been caught on blue wings and caddis using dry and dropper rigs and the usual nymph rigs. Come on up and take advantage of the great fishing the High Country has to offer and check out our facebook page for some great giveaways!
Spring has been far from normal this year. One day its 70, the next it’s 40. Rain, rain, rain, a pretty common word these days. While rain does put a damper on the conditions, it can be a big help down the road when summer heat lowers water levels and even a light rainy day can make for some great fishing. For now i’m gonna welcome the rain because the dry summer weather isn’t far away!
Local fishing on the Delayed Harvest waters has been nothing shy of excellent! Water levels are great and fish are responding well. Attractor patterns such as egg patterns and san juans are good flies to have as well as smaller caddis patterns(soft hackles) as well as standard nymph patterns(small flashback PT).
The tailwaters are just starting to crank up and fishing has been pretty good during the past couple of weeks! On the Watauga, rainfall has increased flows and generation so fishing can be touch and go this month but look for larger numbers of caddis to appear at any time! Fish have been caught on small soft hackles, blue wings, cranefly patterns, and midges in a variety of sizes and colors.
On the South Holston, look for greater periods of generation as well. The bite on the upper section has been fairly steady with good numbers of fish boated during floats. Fish are still responding well to midges in small sizes, black flies, craneflies, scuds, and the occasional good blue wing hatch.
Fished the Watauga river on Tuesday and the day started out well with higher than average flow and we ended up catching a few fish on nymph rigs. Suddenly the fish catching came to a stop when the water flow increased rapidly and generation was underway. This can put the fish down for a short while but it doesn’t mean that the fishing is over. We let the fish settle in, and due to the off colored water we tied on a couple larger, brighter patterns and it wasn’t long before we had another fish on! Finding the seams and softer water is the key to finding fish in periods of high water. Adding plenty of weight will get the flies down and increase odds. Don’t let high water days get you down- reconfigure your rigs and find the “protective” water and you’ll catch more fish!
We are slowly but surely transitioning into milder weather with the approach of spring just around the corner! Local small streams have good levels of water after decent snowfall this winter and trout are getting active with the recent mild weather. Blue winged olives and midges dominate most of the bug hatches as well as small dark dun colored caddis and stoneflies. Fishing with shallow nymph rigs or dry and dropper rigs will produce fish. Keeping a low profile while fishing small streams will also increase odds due to clear water and wary fish!
The delayed harvest water on the nearby Watauga river is beginning to fish well and continued stocking schedules will make fishing even better. Fish have been both in deeper water holding near the bottom as well as shallow flats and tailouts. Sight fishing can be accomplished with the help of a good eye! Midges and small soft hackles have produced most of the fish along with the occasional attractor fly such as egg patterns or san juan worms. Give us a call to reserve a spot for your next fishing trip!
Cold weather doesn’t have to keep you from fishing. Local anglers have had great days on the water recently both in the nearby streams and on the tailwaters in TN. Midges have still been the predominant bug hatching but good hatches of blue wings have also offered some great opportunities along with sulphurs (believe it or not)! With the blue wings, size will matter as most of these bugs will be around a 2o or smaller and fish will notice. Nymphs and emergers will also catch fish along with duns. Don’t sit around this winter and wait to fish this spring, bundle up and come fishing with us today!
This month really starts to bring change to the weather in the High Country. Winter is fast approaching and colder weather is here which also brings colder water temps. This will slow fishing just a bit but hardy fisherman can still be rewarded with nice catches!
As for hatches, they change quite a bit with “bugs” becoming much smaller. Look for baetis or blue winged olives in sizes 18-22 along with tiny olives in sizes 20-22. Small dark colored caddis and dark black stoneflies are also present in sizes 18-20. As always, midges become the predominant insect hatch and trout make them a big portion of their diet. These insects are normally grey, white, black, or tan in color and most are very small, in sizes 18-26.
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