Well winter showed its face one more time this week for a couple of days, but it wasn’t enough to really mess things up. We are starting to get our spring hatches of Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, Black Stones and the last bit of BWO’s. The fishing up in the National Park Has picked up big time and we have started catching fish on dry flies, that’s right dry flies.
When the bugs aren’t hatching the fish are still eating nymphs (pheasant tails, hares ear and prince nymphs will do the trick) and with the days getting longer and somewhat warmer we can do full days trips again. The occasional shower here and there has kept the water levels in the mountains right where they need to be and we are loving it.
A few nice fish from the Smokies
The tailwaters are running high and have been for some time, so hopefully TVA will be able to shut off the water soon and we can get back to floating the big rivers. Before we know it the Caddis hatch on the Holston will be here and the mix of an abundance of food and the large amount of water will result in some hungry fish with large shoulders. You don’t want to miss that.
In the mean time we have been getting some time behind the oars on the Little River through Townsend TN where the trout are stocked. Even though they are stocked these fish are gorgeous and put up a good fight, not to mention the above average size. We have also been seeing good hatches of mayflies and stoneflies on these stretches which have even gotten the stockers looking up.
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