The Park is still fishing really good with terrestrials during the day and yellow sallies in the evenings. The heat is not going to let up, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen and if it gets too hot, take a break and jump in the water. We are also getting a lot of pop up showers so bring the rain jacket as well.
I had the opportunity to take the Alexander family fishing on Tuesday and we had a ball. They are new to fly fishing and wanted to learn how to catch trout in the Smoky Mountains. They are outdoorsman, spending most of their time deer hunting, camping and farming so fly fishing was next on their list. It wasn’t long before the boys were catching some nice rainbows. Dry fly fishing all day long has been the norm, along with thin leaders and staying low. Beetles and ants have been the top flies for us, but thunderheads and adams will also do the job.
I had a lot of fun with these boys and by the look on their face I think they had fun too. I had ask Judd what he liked more fly fishing or deer hunting and he said ” maybe fly fishing” and I thought that was pretty cool. If you are thinking of fishing in the summer try to go early in the morning or late in the evening. Also with these pop ups showers, watch for the water to rise quickly. If you don’t feel like being in the heat and want to find some fish that aren’t to bright head up higher on the mountain for some Brook Trout.
I will look forward to fishing with these guys again and watching these guys grow in the sport. It is awesome to see young kids fly fishing because that means we are passing it on. Be safe in the mountains and keep potatoes peeled for snakes on the trail and the side of the road, but most of all have fun.