South Holston River:

The high water fishing, mostly nymphing has been good to great since the flows and schedule has stabled a bit. Some have been throwing streamers with success and rolling a few big fish to boot. But most are still sticking to the heavy stuff dangled underneath an indicator. Some are finding it a little tough during the falling water when they shut the water off, but fish can certainly be caught during that time if you hit it just right–most of the time. Sometimes the fish and bugs just don’t respond to the change. Part of the deal sometimes on the South Holston when the schedule and flows become inconsistent.

Low water up high has been solid as per usual this time of year if the water is shut off early enough. Expect to midge. your favorite zebra midge will do just fine.

Watauga River:

They have begun a random two hour burp of water on the Watauga River over the last week. Will that continue? Only the powers that be know for sure, but they have been running for those two hours at different times every day. Sometimes 3am, sometimes 1pm. Just continue to watch and plan around it if you decide to wade over there. Plenty of wading opportunities regardless.

As for the fishing? Really great. Blue Wings coming off daily like clockwork durin

g the early afternoons lasting for a solid couple of hours with plenty of fish looking up for the dry fly enthusiast. The nymphing has been a staple for all day fun as well with the fish still keying in on a steady diet of blue wings and midges. Think blue wings in the faster stuff, midges in the slow stuff.

Local/Private Water

Solid! Still mild for February here in the High Country of North Carolina. Snowy sometimes, rainy sometimes, cold sometimes, warm-ish sometimes. That can actually make for some fun winter small stream fishing! Some dry fly opportunities during the warmer parts of the day can be had as well. Got to love that for February! Can’t beat it! Delayed Harvest streams being restocked March 1st too!

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South Holston River:

A lot of high water fishing. They are beginning to back off of the release, but it may still be more of a place to be for the drift boat. The high water nymphing has been outstanding for those who love to nymph and watch the bobber. Blue wings, blue wings, blue wings with a lot of weight…


Watauga River:

Staying steady with the flows at around 160 cfs, this has made for great low water wading as well as having the entire river floatable with a boat. The Blue wing olive hatches in the early afternoon have been nothing short of great at times. LOTS OF FISH looking up. The nymph bite also staying hot. Bigger nymphs in comparison to the South Holston can be employed. Really, anything olive has done it. No joke, it has been quite simple at times. We love it! Midge fishing early and late has been fun too.

Small/Local Water

It’s been about as good as it gets for February! This mild weather has had the streams fishing more like early spring rather than mid winter. Dry fly fishing in February on a freestone? Some are certainly tossing them! Adams, small stimulators, etc…than standard fair are all having fish look up.

Delayed Harvest streams still have some strong pods of fish. The next stocking is only a couple of weeks away! Fishing will be officially in full swing here in the High Country come March. Great trout fishing in all directions from the shop here at Highland Outfitters!

Spring sales will be announced soon. Lots of items to choose from. Simms, Scott, Echo, Lamson, Nautilus and much much more. Until then, check out the store in the link here…

We hope you make us at least a small part of your next trip to the High Country. Or come ask for a trip! Caddis are coming, sulphurs too on the tailwaters. Or, we can show you around our favorite local or private rivers. Options galore here at Highland Outfitters. You can’t go wrong with any of them.





Highland Outfitters Team