We have been getting rain off and on for the past couple of weeks and it has kept the rivers high. The Clinch has had 1 generator and has been spilling which makes it hard to fish, but we are seeing Sulfurs hatching and fish rising to them. The Holston has been running very unusual schedules through the middle of the day which has been about useless to fish for trout. We are expecting a few days of nice weather next week and then more rain. The only good thing about it is that all of this water should hold back the caddis hatch and more folks will be able to fish it later on.
We have definitely been seeing more caddis hatching when the water has been down and even getting some good dry fly fishing during the warmer parts of the day.
Sight fishing to the hefty bows with dries is a lot of fun.
Even though the water has been on the high side the Smallmouth are still feeding and starting to get on the beds depending on the water temps. Streamer fishing has been the way to go for the most part and during some of the cooler days getting them down has been a must. Their bellies are full and the fish are energized so you know they’re eating well. If you don’t get any “love” from the fish go deeper or change color. Clousers are a good starting point.
During the warmer days we have been looking for some fish that will come up and eat a popper and finding some here and there. It is a little early for the big topwater bite but just getting a few is enough to wet your whistle.
We have had to reschedule a few trips lately for bad weather and have had to focus more on smallmouth than trout on the tailwaters due to the water levels. Again that should change in a week or so, but it’s been a chance to show folks how awesome a smallmouth is and how fun they are to catch.
It has been an unusual Spring here in East TN but we have gotten used to bad weather and high water, we’re sure not gonna let it get in the way of our fishing. I’m sure the skies will open up soon and we’ll be back to normal. Sorry for the delay on the fishing report, we’ll try to keep them coming regularly.