Decisions, Decisions

When it comes to Fall in East TN there’s a lot going on outdoors between the fish getting into their Fall routine, tailgating and sitting in a deer stand. All are great, but the hardest thing is picking your poison. If you are planning on visiting the area or you’re a local there are plenty of things to get into especially when it comes to fly fishing.

As of lately TVA has been running water on the Holston and French Broad rivers with windows of 0 generators long enough to get in a full day of fishing. On the other hand, the Clinch River hasn’t been running water at all from 7am to 6pm. This makes the fish spooky and stealthy tactics are needed. If you are thinking of fishing the smokies, well you are in luck. The streams in the smokies have been fishing great as of late with big bugs landing on the water and large browns feeding more getting ready for the spawn.



Amy is 5 months pregnant and decided she wanted to learn to fly fish.

Fishing the riffles and pocket water is always productive, but doing it in the Fall may just get you a shot at a fish of a lifetime. The browns have been moving around a lot the past couple of weeks and as they look for a partner and a good place to spawn they will need to stock up on food.

Little River water level

You may find yourself wanting to fish the the smaller mountain streams but can’t as the night before the mountains got a bunch of rain and the streams are too high. Showers lasting all day can happen here in the Fall which will raise the water levels, but depending on the severity of the rain the streams will empty out shortly after and the fishing will resume in a day or two.

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Smallmouth fly fishing is great in the early Fall and isn’t as hard as one might think. This was Karlan and Donna’s first time targeting smallmouth.

As the air temps drop and the water starts to cool the smallmouth begin to feed heavily on baitfish and crawdads so they can bulk up for the cold months to come, which is happening now. This is great news for us because the fish are looking for anything that looks close to the real thing with zero hesitation. Now, while the fish are focusing their attention near the bottom they’re still willing to take a popper off of the surface. The reason this works is because our rivers just aren’t that deep for the most part and the fish won’t pass up an easy meal that falls in the water in front of them.

It’s a great time to be in East TN and we hope you get the chance to see some of the action first hand. If you are interested in trying fly fishing for the first time or you are a veteran and just want to get away for the day we would be glad to have you. We also provide all the gear that is needed for each trip so you don’t have to worry about it, CONTACT US. Take care and have a great day.

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