On the South Holston Tailwaters there is an abundance of Sulphur mayflies in the 16 to 20 size range. Fish patterns that imitate cripples and emergers as well as the adult fly. Terrestrials are working well and midges fished deep will produce fish.
On the Watauga Tailwaters, we are still seeing some intermittent sulphurs and caddis, but the name of the game right now is terrestrials. Ants, beetles, and hoppers are all on fire this time of year, especially under trees and near the banks.Fishing midges deep in 2 or 3 fly rigs are also a safe bet.
Terrestrial patterns like fur ants and beetles are working well right now in the Blue Ridge Parkway and Boone areas, as well as hoppers and inchworms. We have been seeing an abundance of golden stonefly nymphs in the area. Sulphurs are still hatching, with good spinner falls in the evening. Sulphur nymphs in size 14 to 16 are a good mid day choice. Caddis larvae in size 12 to 18 in either tan or green will produce fish as well.