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So Holston and Watauga in May

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I'm headed to fish the Watauga and So Holston May 3-10 this spring and am looking for hatch/fly information.  Have called several fly shops and have gotten some conflicting answers.  One shop mentioned a huge cinnamon caddis hatch during this time, the others had no knowledge of it.  Another told me of great invaria emergences...two other ssaid we were too early.

 

So far I've tied a bunch of #16 sulphurs and X-caddis, some #16 split case pheasant tails and some #20 midges.

 

Do anyone have additional info regarding hatches/flies I can expect to see/use?

 

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

 

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From my research the holston isnt a diverse river in terms of hatches. Caddis, olives, and mostly sulfurs.

They love to fish the word and zebra midge tandem with bobber rig. 1000s of fish per mile on the holston. Should be easy pickings 

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Thanks Chicky,  Have a bunch of Zebras tied up and plan to use the tandem rig.  Planning to do additional midge patterns as well.  Any idea how small I should be tying these?

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From the South Fork of the Holsten in downtown Marion, VA.   May 2018. 

 

Fish and then get a beer at 27 Lions!

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