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Watauga river brown trout Jason with a beautiful Watauga river brown trout caught on a Syndicate 10' 3wt

My Name is Jason Reep. I have been a professional fly fishing guide and fly tier for more than twenty years. I am originally from Hickory, North Carolina. I have been fishing the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia for most of my life.

The Watauga River tailwater begins just below Wilbur Dam, in Elizabethton, TN. The stream is well known for its trophy rainbow and brown trout fishing. The upper section offers some public access, for wading. However, most of the trophy section is only accessible by boat. Within its 16 miles of fishable trout water, the Watauga River has one of the only stretches of water designated as a trophy section in the state of Tennessee. The trophy section is subject to special regulations which are strictly enforced by region four of the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. Please click here to visit the TWRA website to purchase the necessary fishing license and trout stamp online, before planning any Watauga River Trout fishing.

The South Holston River begins below South Holston Dam, near Bluff City, TN. As a nationally recognized trout fishery, the South Holston River has become very popular. This stream is yet another quality fishery, which produces several trophy trout each year.

Our area of East Tennessee also offers great small stream fishing. Native brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout can be found in many of our local creeks. Stoney Creek, the Doe River, Laurel Fork Creek, and Beaverdam Creek are just a few of the small streams in the vicinity, which produce trout.

Not only is East Tennessee Fly Fishing one of the most experienced guide services in the area, we also offer shuttle service on the Watauga River for those interested in the solo experience. So give ETFF a call and let us do the driving while you are reeling them in. Take the time to check our updated fishing reports for current conditions and real -time weather. Thanks for taking the time to surf our site. For linking information feel free to contact us. We are also now Offering Tenkara Fly Fishing guide trips. We are not far from Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, Jonesborough, in TN and Abingdon, Damascus in Va. Also if you are in Boone, Blowing Rock or Banner Elk. You are close enough to check out the great Fishing we have to offer..