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Enjoy Trout Fishing on Picturesque Rivers and Streams

At High Country Angler in Johnson City Tennessee, experienced and beginning anglers can choose from exciting float fishing trips or wade trips on the Watauga River and South Holston River. All of our trips are led by experienced guides who know the best places to fish for rainbow and brown trout.


Fly Fishing on the Watauga River

When you choose to fish on the Watauga River, you'll spend the day floating down the river, though you can get out of the boat in certain places to wade while fishing. We determine where to fish depending on generation schedules provided by TVA and where fish are biting. Generation schedules are available before all trips, and you can download an app on your phone or view them online.

About the Watauga River

At 60 miles long, the Watauga River offers great trout fishing. The headwaters begin on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain in Watauga County, North Carolina, and flow into the nation's third cleanest lake, Watauga Lake in Tennessee. Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, the lake was formed by the Watauga Dam, followed by the Wilbur Dam.

Watauga River

Because of the river's consistent cold temperatures of generated tailwater, anglers can enjoy fishing year round. The river has a robust rainbow and brown trout population, and the hatches are ideal for Blue Wing Olives and Caddis.


Fly Fishing South Holston River

The South Holston River is home to some of the best brown trout and rainbow trout fly fishing on the East Coast. With beautiful scenery and crystal clear waters, fishing on the river is a great way to spend an afternoon. We only float the river when the TVA is generating water and wade the river when water isn't being generated. Both types of trips depend on the generation schedules.

About the South Holston River

At 112 miles long, the South Holston River is a prime location for fly fishing. With headwaters starting at Sugar Grove in Wythe County Virginia, it flows into North Fork in Kingsport, Tennessee. Floodwaters are controlled by a weir dam and step grates below a hydroelectric dam at South Holston Lake which provides consistent, cold, oxygenated water that is released into the river. This creates a healthy environment for aquatic insects and trout.