The fishing in the park has been different lately, now I didn’t say bad just different. The water is where we like it and there have been great hatches everyday, but the fish can be kind of finicky at times. This time of year, finesse isn’t the word I would normally use to describe the fishing in the park, but lately the fish have wanted the flies completely still on the water and we have had to stay low so they can’t see us. Sulfurs, Yellow Sallies, Tan Caddis, March Browns, and Golden stones are what we are seeing on the water throughout the day with terrestrials around the banks.
Here are Danny and Mike with their first Smokies trout. Both were Methodist pastors from GA with a passion for the Lord. It was great to talk about fishing and to fellowship on the river.
Passing fly fishing on to the youngsters is very important and when they get into the sport it’s pretty awesome. Kids are like sponges and they hear and process everything you say for the most part. They ask questions and you can tell they really think about the situation. Well that was the case for 11 year old Ryan and his mom Maureen while they were on the stream. Both were great and really got the idea of staying hidden from the fish and getting a good drift.
Check out the colors on this fish that Ryan caught on a Sulfur. Way to go Ryan.
The tailwaters are fishing great and the changing weather doesn’t seem to affect the fishing. We are still seeing short bursts of caddis hatches during the day on the Holston. They are feeding on dries in spurts and nymphs all day long. Chuck from Nashville has never done a float trip and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. When we got to the the river a few caddis were hopping and the weather was very nice. It didn’t take Chuck long get used to fishing from the boat and we were hooked up!
Getting off to a good start.
A double nymph rig was the charm, but we noticed the fish eating quite a few on top and Chuck wanted to try his topwater skills. Chuck was getting a bite to eat and noticed a fish keying in on adult caddis. He put down the sandwich and grabbed the rod to make a cast, SET!!!
We wanted to throw some streamers for smallmouth, but spent too much time on the upper side of the float and had to get down river. As we got to the bottom we found a pod of nice fish sipping bugs of the surface and had to stop.
One more nice fish at the bottom ramp and Chuck said “I’m Done”.
The Clinch is fishing great too and the Sulfurs have started hatching on the lower side of the river. I thought the fish would refuse dries at first, but they weren’t shy. The Sulfurs were about a size 16 and school bus yellow. The average size of the fish caught were around 12 to 16 inches and some from 18 to 20.
The generation came up and slowed down the fishing for a short while, but even then you could get the nymphs down and see some love. Your basic Sulfur nymphs will do and a size 16 yellow dry fly on top. The generation on both the Holston and the Clinch looks good and it will probably stay that way for a while. The Sulfur hatch is great, but it just doesn’t last long enough. If you are wanting to float the Clinch during this hatch give us a call.
This guy ate a dry.
Thanks for reading this long overdue fishing report and we hope to see you out on the water. Have a blessed day.