Watauga River Fly Fishing

The MOST popular fly fishing river in Tennessee.

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Near Elizabethton in eastern Tennessee, the Watauga River is known for its fly fishing opportunities. The river can offer up to 100 miles of floating when the water level is low enough. You can expect to find rainbow trout and trophy brown trout in the range of 7 to 15 pounds.

The Watauga River trailwater is below Wilbur Dam and runs 16 miles downstream through Siam, Hunter and Elizabethon on the way to the Boone Lake confluence near Johnson City.

The best section for fly fishing on the Watauga River is the Quality Trout Zone that start at Smalling Bridge and runs downstream 2.5 miles.

Overall, Watauga River is the 1st most popular fly fishing river of all 10 fly fishing spots in Tennessee.


Local Contact(s):  Tennessee Tourism (800) GO2-TENN; Troutfishers Guide Service (423) 360-1468

Recommended Book:  "50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish" from Wendy Gunn

Luxury Loding:  Watauga River Lodge

Article Source:   Best Watauga River Fly Fishing Review https://www.myriverguide.com/?id=21271

GPS:  36.345679, -82.256452

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  4/16/2017

ID:  21271

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