We are starting to see more stable weather here in East TN and that means better flows for the rivers. TVA has started to shut off the rivers long enough for us to get a full day in just about everyday. With it being Summer and the air temp being in the mid 80’s and low 90’s there is a good chance to see a pop up shower here and there, so it’s always a good idea to bring the rain jacket.
With the warm weather and good flows the fishing has been great and the fish are very active. I had the opportunity to take out Gary and Dale for their first smallmouth float the other day and we had a great time. They got the hang of things pretty quickly.
By looking at their faces I think they like smallies on the fly. These guys were awesome.
We have also started offering overnight smallmouth float trips this season and we just finished up our first one yesterday. Dick came down from VA and wanted to try an overnight trip while chasing his favorite fish. We have several places to do an overnight trip but the Holston had a good release schedule so that’s where we headed. The trip was off to a good start when Dick hooked up with a nice fish.
A 21 inch citation
Catching a fish like this is great and makes for awesome memories, but is a rarity and doesn’t happen everyday. Heading down river and picking up fish here and there, Dick hooks up with another good that we didn’t see for a while.
Another 21 in the boat.
The fact that Dick caught 1 citation was awesome, but 2 in one day was just phenomenal. After a full day on the water and baked from the sun we were ready to be back to camp, get some food in our bellies and get some sleep in preparation for the next day.
After getting some coffee and a big breakfast we were at it again and to my surprise Dick stuck another big fish and lost it. After being a little disappointed about losing a nice fish we kept our focus and shortly after were blessed with yet another pig.
This guy measured at 21.5
I was speechless and yet you could have heard us from a mile away. The fishing is great and the fish are feeding on a number of flies. We have noticed minnows getting chased on the banks, crawdads hiding in smallies throats and a good topwater bite through parts of the day which means the spawn should be completely over and the fish are bulking back up. You can choose from a great selection of smallmouth flies for the area from the guys at Little River Outfitters, they can set you up.
We have several connections on the rivers in our area to do these trips and have private access for a day of solitude.
If you think that an overnighter sounds like your cup of tea or simply just want to get out for a day on the water and learn more about smallmouth give us a call or email us and we would love to set you up with a trip and show you a good time. Thanks for checking in and have a blessed day.