I just moved into a new place with my girl about two minutes from the Watauga. I've fished my whole life but last week received a nice 9ft fly rod as a gift and some some flies to get me started. I've done lots of reading and research about the basics and been on the river everyday but I'm looking for some helpful hints specific to the area. Here's my situation, Ive got a great honey hole I found on the Watauga where the water is slow moving and 4 to 6ft deep that runs about 100 ft into a ledge and the over into some rapids where the water gets about 6 to 8 inches. Everyday I'm here i see at least a dozen bluegills and NUMEROUS brown and rainbow. Im talking good size. They seem to sit 4in. or so below the surface right before the ledge in the current occasionally swimming into deeper but always returning to pockets in the current. I've tried adams parachutes, and elk hair caddis on top, some gold and orange bead head nymphs with a striker adjusted to the level their at, as well as some olive streamers and some muddler minnows with a little split shot to get em down there. I CANT GET THEM TO HIT ON ANYTHING! Ive pulled a couple small bluegills and a smallmouth yesterday but i was literally 30ft. from at least 15 brown trout 10in. or more. Ive seen rainbows at least a foot in the pool, i've read the wild trout can be picky but I'm puttin in at least 3 or 4 hours a day out there for the last week and nothin. Yesterday I was there from 6:30 am till 3pm. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them...I really want to get the experience of catching a good size trout on a fly but I'm almost ready to break out the bait tackle if things don't improve.