The South Holston and Watauga tailwaters outside of Elizabethton and Johnson City Tennessee offer anglers some of the best fishing the Southeast has to offer. With a long season of dynamic bug life and resident trout these streams can be terrific fishing almost year round! HCGS has guided these well known waters since 2005 and strives to offer that intimate and elusive knowledge to all skill sets. With increasing pressure and privatization it truly takes some dedicated know-how and on the stream solutions that our guides practice day in and day out. If you've fished the area before and always wanted to see the guides' perspective or just want to try out a full day float - these streams are the best we have!
Our guides are on the water full time whether working or researching - and with a year round fishery we can get you and your group out on the water any time of year!
The Watauga River or “The ‘Taug” as we like to call it, is our other big favorite that stems from Wilbur Lake. The Watauga River is home to 6,000-8,000 fish per mile, and much like the South Holston, we love to float and fish it throughout the year. The Watauga is an extraordinarily scenic river that makes its way through beautiful limestone rock cliffs and farm country before finding its way into Boone Lake. Many large brown and rainbow trout dominate the river from the dam to the lake. However, the real draw to the river, other than the fantastic fishing and scenery, is the caddis hatch that occurs each spring from mid-April until the early parts of May. Millions of caddis crawling and flying all over the rocks and even our boats make it one of the greatest spectacles of the year. The amazing fishing during that period is just a bonus.
South Holston River
This 17 mile long tailwater stemming from the South Holston Reservoir holds some of the largest brown trout found anywhere in the country. While the South Holston is known for it’s large hatches and even larger fish, the river also boasts one of the densest, wild trout populations found in the United States with fish counts ranging between 8,000-10,000 fish per mile. Whether its casting to risers during the renowned sulphur hatch, or pursuing the large brown trout in which the river is famous for, we love to fish it all, YEAR ROUND. We understand what it takes to catch these fish throughout the year, and we are certain our guests will enjoy some of best trout fishing the Southeast has to offer.
High Country Guide Service requires a non-refundable, 50% deposit to book a trip. The full value is non-refundable within 7 days of scheduled trip date. We fish rain or shine, unless the weather is deemed unsafe by the guide. In the event of dangerous weather we will reschedule for a future date.