We have been spending some time with folks chasing wild trout in the Smokies as of lately. The water is low, cool and the highs have been in the 50’s which might make you think that the fishing is slow. Let me assure you that the fishing hasn’t been slow, if anything it’s right on track for the Fall if not better than usual. This probably has a little bit to do with the fact that the streams haven’t seen that many fishermen over the last few weeks.
Long casts and wearing natural colors are required while fishing low water.
Low flows concentrate the fish to the relatively deeper riffles and runs which gives you a good idea of lines to fish. This also means a good chance to catch them on dries since the fish aren’t deep. We have started noticing more blue winged olives (BWOs) on the water along with a few sulfurs and some slate drakes. Parachute adams, parachute BWOs and yellow or orange stimulators are all good choices and you’ll probably see a better bite on dries in the afternoon when the sun heats up the water a bit. There’s plenty of food in the water too and nymphs like pheasant tails or hares ears will do the job, but keep some split shot handy.
Mike scored several nice fish yesterday in the park and all on nymphs.
The leaves are changing and there is a chill in the air, this is the time to be up in the Smokies enjoying one of your favorite activities for the Fall. There are plenty of folks all around the park, but not too many of them are fishing, it’s almost like we have the streams to ourselves.
For those smallmouth fishermen out there don’t be worried that the nights and mornings are chilly because the water temp is still in the 60’s on the Holston and should be for a little while longer. Andrew and I got a good topwater bite the other day on the Holston and had several nice fish bust a popper. That is strange in the middle of October, but we’ll take it. If you get a day when the sun is out and the temperature is fairly warm the fish will be looking up.
There’s a lot to do in East TN right now and there’s not a more beautiful place to be. If you are coming into the area and are looking to get in some fishing while you’re here then give us a call and we’ll be glad to get you on the water, CONTACT US. Take care and have a blessed day.