Hot and Cold

The weather has been a little out of the ordinary as of the past couple of weeks here in East TN and that’s an understatement. One day you’ll have temps in the mid 60’s or even 70’s and the next you need to layer up with winter wear and occasionally get in the car and warm up your feet. What does this do to the fishing though?  Well, going by the past couple of years we typically have a bit of high water this time of year which can make it tough to get flies to the fish. As of lately though the streams in the Smokies are low and slow so it’s not hard to get your nymphs to bump the bottom and get in front of fish.

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This technique worked well for Mark on the Little River with some slab rainbows and even a bonus brown.

The trick with nymph fishing in colder conditions is how much split shot to use in the situation you’re in. If you’re not using enough then the flies aren’t getting in the fish’s vision, but too much and you’ll stay hung up on the bottom which can get costly to your fly budget. So how much weight to use depends on the water temps and how aggressive the fish are that day. Experimenting with flies and weight early on can make all the difference in your day.

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Even though this fish wasn’t big, the moment when this father and son got their first Smoky Mountain trout on a fly was.

We had a fun weekend with a group of dads and their sons from Middle TN fishing in the Smokies. All the kids learned the techniques needed, caught fish and had a great time and more important there was good quality time spent with families. They all did a great job and on a day that was not so easy.

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Karen’s first trout in the GSMNP and one she won’t soon forget.

Karen has been through a lot in the last several years and hasn’t been able to fish as much as she would like too. She’s the type of person that appreciates every moment and never looks back. All she wanted was to spend the day in a pretty place and Lord willing catch a few fish, so what better place than the Smokies to do all this in. She caught more than a few and got some great photos to take back home. We both had a great day and look forward to doing it again soon.

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Yesterday was a wet, nasty day with howling winds and even snow. Jules and I wanted to wet a line no matter what the weather was going to be like. We spotted this guy sitting in a riffle and after changing a few flies got him to eat. Truth be told I think the fish just wanted to be out of that cold water. It was a blessing to spend time with my buddy and catch a great fish. The good thing is that we are going to be getting some nice weather starting Saturday with highs back up in the 70’s. Fishing in November is still good and if you are thinking of coming this way we would be happy to show you around the mountains and/or tailwaters (CONTACT US). Take care and have a great day.

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