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