June = topwater

With the passing of May, so goes dreams about pre and post-spawned smallmouth, but not to worry because there is something even better on the way. June comes equipped with long days and warm weather which means warmer water temps. This is really the start of active topwater feeding behaviors for smallmouth, aka POPPER SEASON!!! We have had several days this Spring during warm spells where we got some spotty love on topwater, but now we can expect more consistency.

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Glenn with 3 big boys, not a bad way to end May.

TVA has been running a lot of water on the Holston lately with very few windows of low water which makes it tough to float. The water temp is warm though and the fishing has been pretty good when the water is off. The French Broad has a somewhat better generation schedule but is still a little on the cold side. It’s not that the fish can’t be caught but it can take a little work at times. Now that it’s June and the weather is stable and warm we should see reliable flows on all our tailwaters and see fish coming to the surface.

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Along with the main event (smallmouth) there are a variety of other fish that are a blast to catch that are willing to take a fly. One of which is the common carp and they’re everywhere in our rivers.

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The Smokies have been on fire too with lots of Yellow Sallies and terrestrials on the water and around the banks. The key is to stay low and wear natural clothing to stay out of site. It’s a great time to be in East TN and we hope to show some of you around the waters. If you are in the Townsend area I highly suggest stopping in at Little River Outfitters and talking with the folks there about some fly selections and where to go. They are great. Have a great day.

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