So while we’ve been on baby watch the last week and the Smokies are still closed I’ve been working on a new smallmouth fly for the past few days. Yesterday I was scheduled to do a trip for trout in the mountains but had to scratch it due to all the water still being locked up. Since we were mentally ready to go fish we weren’t going to fight it and we loaded up the boat and the 8wt’s.
The Holston and French Broad have been running pretty high the last few days with TVA trying to get the lakes down but there have been slight breaks in generation on the Holston. The water was still on the high side when we got to the river and with the cold front that had moved in the night before we didn’t have high hopes of catching a ton of fish, but thought what better conditions to try out a new fly. We were surprised to see the fish were still feeding good and even with the higher water they would still eat and even took an occasional popper.
The new fly worked.
The water temp on the Holston is still in the mid to high 60’s and the fish are healthy, fired up and looking for a fight. We are supposed to get some warmer days in the high 70’s starting Thursday and that should only increase the bite. This is great news considering the Clinch River has been running almost 8700 cfs, which is hard to fish unless throwing streamers for big browns is your thing or you’re willing to hike in from the gates and fish the park which I’ve heard the rangers are letting people do, LRO FISHING REPORT.
We are keeping in mind the fact that at some point something has got to give and a decision will be made with the government. Until then we are making the best of it and enjoying the fishing as much as possible. Hopefully TVA will start cutting back on the flows and we will be able to fish the Upper Holston and Clinch more through the Fall and Winter. We will keep you posted as much as we can with updates on the fishing so keep checking in.