Float Fishing for Wild Brown Trout
Right on the doorstep of southwest Virginia, in the northeastern corner of Tennessee, flow some of the most productive tailwater
systems in the eastern United States--the South Holston and Watauga Rivers. The product of deep reservoirs and bottom-release
dams, these tailwaters run cold year-round. Robust insect populations and ample habitat allow a remarkable wild brown trout
population to thrive, and some individuals grow to memorable proportions.
The water releases that feed these tailwaters are all-or-nothing. Low water,
or heavy water. Regular, scheduled high water events provide somewhat-
predictable opportunities to float long stretches of river and target the
rivers' biggest brown trout with streamer fishing techniques when they are
the most vulnerable.
When conditions allow, we offer streamer fishing trips year-round. Similar
in flavor to our spring smallmouth and fall/winter musky fisheries, this
style of fishing is geared towards trophy fish. Numbers of fish caught are
generally lower than on our Location X wade trips, but the opportunity for
visual, active fishing and trophy fish is far greater.
We firmly believe (and have seen first-hand) that a quality streamer day can
change an angler's life forever. The best way for an angler to approach a day
of streamer fishing is with focus, and the expectation of spending a day on a
beautiful river, receiving an in-depth education in one of the most visual,
addicting,and effective techniques for targeting our rivers' largest trout.
Full day float trip for 1 or 2 anglers - $400/$450
Rods, reels, flies, and other tackle are included. Lunch, drinks,
and photos from the day are also provided. Several days prior to
your booked date, we'll work out a meeting time and location,
and discuss lunch options.
What to Bring:
Waders (in cold water months--no studs)
A Tennessee, all-species fishing license is required. You can
purchase yours here.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of
booking, and can be paid by check or Venmo towards the total
cost of the trip. Paypal is accepted, but includes a convenience
fee. The remainder is to be paid on the day of the trip by check
or cash. In order to better serve you, in the event of inclement
weather or poor water conditions, as determined by Matt Reilly,
deposits can be put towards a rescheduled date within a year's
time. Cancellations made by the client within 10 days of a
scheduled date forfeit associated deposits.
- Note: Listed rate does not include gratuity.
Choosing what to tip can be confusing. Generally, throughout
the service industry, 20% of the trip rate is standard given you
enjoyed your time on the water and your guide. We give 110%
to our clients on the water every day in order to ensure that
you have a memorable, relaxing, and educational adventure that
will stick with you forever. It's our passion and why we do what