By: Chris Shaffer

Last week’s wintry conditions didn’t do any favors for trout anglers in East Tennessee. Icy roads, snow, wind and inclement weather marked many of the region’s top tailwater fisheries through midweek, ironically when we were in town to film Pautzke Outdoors on the Watauga River near Johnson City. We planned to float the Watauga Wednesday and South Holston Thursday and stuck with the plan despite conditions.

The Watauga fished ok through midweek. Action picked up as the barometer stabilized Thursd