This 17 mile long tailwater stemming from the South Holston Reservoir holds some of the largest brown trout found anywhere in the country. While the South Holston is known for it’s large hatches and even larger fish, the river also boasts one of the densest, wild trout populations found in the United States with fish counts ranging between 8,000-10,000 fish per mile. Whether its casting to risers during the renowned sulphur hatch, or pursuing the large brown trout in which the river is famous for, we love to fish it all, YEAR ROUND. We understand what it takes to catch these fish throughout the year, and we are certain our guests will enjoy some of best trout fishing the Southeast has to offer.


The Watauga River is home to 6,000-8,000 fish per mile, and much like the South Holston, we love to float and fish it throughout the year. The Watauga is an extraordinarily scenic river that makes its way through beautiful limestone rock cliffs and farm country before finding its way into Boone Lake. Many large brown and rainbow trout dominate the river from the dam to the lake. However, the real draw to the river, other than the fantastic fishing and scenery, is the caddis hatch that occurs each spring from mid-April until the early parts of May. Millions of caddis crawling and flying all over the rocks and even our boats make it one of the greatest spectacles of the year. The amazing fishing during that period is just a bonus.


The immediate area that surrounds our shops in Boone and Foscoe offers endless miles of quality trout fishing for both wild and stocked fish. Public and private access are available for brook, rainbow, and brown trout. From October through May, anglers can experience great fishing on one of the many famed delayed harvest streams in the area, along with other seasonal opportunities to catch wild fish in many of the headwater streams. Some of our most pristine small streams also support native, southern strains of brook trout that are often eager to eat dry flies in tiny water. With many seasonal options in our area, wade trips can be booked year round.