First off, sorry for the lack of info for the last week. Things have been pretty busy in our area and we’ve been on the water every day, which is how we like it. The good thing is we can report that the fishing has been great, both in the Smokies and on the big rivers.
Families have been enjoying some time on the water for their kids spring break, and what better way to do it.
We really enjoy fishing with families because kids are a hoot to watch when they catch their first fish and it’s always a good time. It’s also fun to watch them learn the steps and put them to use on the own.
Jeff rewarded for his actions
We’re still seeing plenty of bugs floating down the streams of the Smokies but their not floating very far before getting eaten. The low water helps the fish see the bugs but they can also see us just as good. Wearing natural colors and wading slow can increase hookups. Most of the action has been in the afternoons when the water is the warmest it’s going to be for the day. The Quill Gordons and Blue Quills are still the main attraction but there have been the occasional tan caddis fluttering by.
The spiking of the water temps in the Smokies keeps the surface action steady.
The big rivers have also been fishing very well lately, especially if you don’t mind fishing nymphs. The flows have been perfect and there are plenty of bugs in the water to keep the fish happy. In fact at times there’s almost too many bugs which can make the fish pretty selective and accurate casts are needed. That’s a problem that we can deal with though.
Zack and Steve with a couple of nice fish from the Holston on a windy and chilly day.
We’ve seen blanket hatches of midges and black flies on the Holston while the sun is overhead. The fish are rising to them but a perfect drift is needed to catch the ones on the surface. The most productive way to fish has been fishing midges under an indicator which has produced the best results.
You don’t notice the weather when you’re catching fish until the wind blows snow at 20 mph.
This time of year you never know what the weather is going to do while you’re on the water. This past week we’ve seen some really strange weather changing from warm to cold with sun and snow and that’s all in the same day. Gary came into town to fish the Holston for a couple of days and experienced every type of weather you can imagine on the first day. The second day couldn’t have been better with plenty of sun and hungry fish.
Gary scores again.
As good as the fishing is, it’s only going to get better in the next few weeks with the arrival of the caddis which means fish eating larger dry flies. April is a great time to be in East TN especially around the Smoky Mountains. If you’re heading this way GIVE US A CALL to book a trip and we can get you out for a fun day on the water. Also don’t forget to stop by Little River Outfitters for all your fly fishing needs. Take care and have a great day.