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Fly Fishing the Doe River Tennessee
The Doe River is one of the state of Tennessee's better
freestone streams for brown trout. It also has a good
population of wild rainbow trout and a few brook trout in
its headwaters. The stream begins from several small
branches in a rural countryside area and then flows into
the Roan State Park.
The State Park is one of the better fishing areas. The
stream runs along highway #143 and is easily accessed.
It is protected from the heat by a good tree canopy so
the water stays cool most of the summer in the park
area. Below the state park the stream flows through
private property down to highway #19 East. It turns
almost ninety degrees and flows down the mountain
along side the highway. There are several areas where
you can park and fish the stream but much of it is own
private property. It becomes a medium size stream in
this area and has a very good population of brown trout.
It eventually leaves the highway and goes through a
gorge that is very rough and difficult to access. It exits
back near the highway just above the little town of
Hampton. Below Hampton the Doe River becomes a
fairly large stream averaging about thirty feet and wider.
It flows through Elizabethton and into the Watuga River
You can fish the river year-round but the spring and fall
seasons are the preferred times to fish.
Springtime is the best time to fish the Doe River
because of the hatches.
The lower sections of the river can become too warm to
fish during the summer. The headwaters areas are
generally good except for the hottest days of the year.
Fall is a great time because the brown trout spawn and
become easier to catch.
Although you can fish during the winter, it is generally
not very good.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Little River:
The way you go about fishing the Doe River has a lot to
do with where you fish it and the species you are
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Doe River Tennessee
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 to 12 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.