Tight lines and Tan lines

Smallmouth fishing in East TN has been great this spring and it’s only going to get better. All of our rivers have had great flows and the temperature’s (air and water) are just right for topwater. We have fished the tailwaters, freestone rivers and even creeks in the Smokies. Topwater works best in the mornings and evenings and various streamers throughout the day.

Patrick learned to fly fish in the Smokies for trout and wanted to expand his horizons and try something new. The smile says it all.

Patrick’s first time with the big rods and showing off a solid fish, way to go Patrick.

Mickey has fished his fare share of streamers and craw patterns before, but wanted to learn how to fish topwater. Not long into the trip he got the hang of it and shortly after that he caught his biggest smallie to date.

Mickey getting the hang of it.

Mickey’s biggest smallie and on topwater 21″.

Safely released


One afternoon this week I had some free time and Jayson got off of work early, so we thought it would be a good idea to throw the raft into the Little River and try out Jayson’s new 8 wt. The fish were real aggressive and gave Jayson plenty of action on the new rod.


Jayson cut his teeth in the park, but is rapidly becoming a smallmouth junkie. Jayson also had one on that would have put him in the 20 inch club, but just came unbuttoned after a couple of jumps.

Heck even the lower streams in the park have been fishing great for smallmouth. The cool thing about these streams is getting to throw terrestrials for them.

This guy surprised me by slamming a streamer though.

Being in the driftboat and raft a lot lately has given us some pretty good tan lines and since Chaco sandals are the best thing to wear while being in and out of the water, I thought that some of you guys would appreciate this picture. IF YOU DON’T LIKE LOOKING AT FEET THEN DON’T SCROLL DOWN.

Thanks for getting on and reading with us today and we hope that you would give us a call and let us take you out for a day of fishing for the brutes. Take care.



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