Local fishing on the Delayed Harvest waters has been nothing shy of excellent! Water levels are great and fish are responding well. Attractor patterns such as egg patterns and san juans are good flies to have as well as smaller caddis patterns (soft hackles) and standard nymph patterns (small flashback PT).
The tailwaters are just starting to crank up and fishing has been pretty good during the past couple of weeks! On the Watauga, rainfall has increased flows and generation so fishing can be touch and go this month but look for larger numbers of caddis to appear at any time! Fish have been caught on small soft hackles, blue wings, cranefly patterns, and midges in a variety of sizes and colors.
On the South Holston, look for greater periods of generation as well. The bite on the upper section has been fairly steady with good numbers of fish boated during floats. Fish are still responding well to midges in small sizes, black flies, craneflies, scuds, and the occasional good blue wing hatch.