You’ll find great fishing right now if you’re on the South Holston or Watauga rivers! On the Holston, look for good midge and sulphur hatches during the day with sulphur spinner falls in the evening. On the Watauga, there have been sporadic caddis hatches and fish have been taking emerging patterns fairly well. Also look for the usual midge hatch as well as sulphurs. Look for sulphur spinner falls in the evening until dark.
Delayed Harvest waters have now changed over to a catch and keep fishery so fishing pressure will make for tough fishing. With that being said, fish can still be found in less likely areas such as along undercut banks and shallow riffles. Nymphing with mayfly and caddis patterns should produce fish. Good hatches of caddis flies have been hatching mid-morning along with midges. Also, sulphur mayflies are starting to show up along with small yellow stoneflies. Don’t forget to look for terrestrials such as beetles and ants this time of year. They provide a ton of food for trout during the summer months!