Smallie fishing so close

We are teetering on the edge of our smallmouth season. The weather is fairly consistent for the most part and the highs are around 80, but right as everything looks like it’s on track, we get a lot of rain and it messes things up for a couple of days. Yesterday Ethan and I had planned to fish the tailwaters, but the weather channel called for 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and it was a no brainer not to go. The weather did a complete 180 and was warm and sunny, plus there are only so many flies I can sit down and tie so high water or not we loaded up the raft and floated the Little for some smallies.

It wasn’t a day for numbers, but Ethan did manage to pull this brute out of the river. Notice the color and flow of the water, not great for fishing. Great to be out though.

The fishing in our area will get better this coming week for sure, but we are going to get caught up on some flies for when it really gets hoppin. Also the smallmouth will probably be looking for a slower, easy to get meal before they spawn so have  some craw patterns on hand when you go. On a brighter note the tailwaters (except for the Clinch of course) have turned off the water and are running good schedules for wade fisherman. Always check the schedule first though before you head out. We hope you have the chance to fish this week and hope to hear some good reports. If you would like to book a trip call or email us and we would be glad to set you up. God bless you.


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