Monday, April 19, 2010

Watauga River Report - April 18, 2010

   These are the days we wait for.  Fished the Watauga on Sunday with a buddy and we couldn't of had a better day.  We drove up from Asheville and got to the Sycamore Shoals at about 9:30.  We were the only ones around if you don't count the joggers and dog walkers.  We rigged up with Bead Head Pheasant Tails and Prince Nymph droppers and caught bright beautiful rainbows steadily until about 12:30 when we broke for lunch.  After Lunch we headed up stream and waded in near the Siam Bridge and right into a steady midge hatch that went off for the next 3 hours.  I caught about a dozen fish, mostly more of those feisty Watauga 'bows between 10" and 14" on my favorite little foam midge pattern under a size 18 Adams.  I like to use the Adams as a "marker" for my midges so I have a clue as to where it is, and I did pick up one brown on the Adams.  TVA is apparently doing some work on the Wilbur Dam and there is no generation scheduled until further notice.  The river is perfect for wading and quite accessible at low water so the time is right to get up there.  The season is right and the fish are biting so grab a Fishwater Map and you can stop surfing the web and start fishing the river!    -CSG 

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