March can be a tricky month in East TN when it comes to the weather and water levels. In the past couple of weeks we’ve had great weather and the streams in the Smokies have even been a little low, but we’ll take it over high water any day. A cold front came through on Wednesday and made the fishing a little slow the following 2 days but didn’t stop the bugs from hatching. In fact we had some pretty good action during a quill gordon hatch the day after the front.
Sherri enjoying the action on top.
The weather was back to normal this past weekend with warm weather and the sun spiking the water temperature back up to 50 degrees. This has the fish happy and looking to stock up on food eating nymphs and dries throughout the day. We’re expecting the fishing to only get better and better with the consistently warm weather with next weeks forecast.
David Cummings with a nice wild brown that took the dropper.
The mornings are cooler and there’s not been too much action on the surface to start out with. We’ve been running a nymph on the back of the dry, keeping the rod bent until the fish decide to look up for the adults. Pheasant tails, hares ears and prince nymphs from a size #16-#12 are all good choices to go with. Fishing a dry/dropper rig isn’t the easiest thing to do but it lets you know when the fish switch from the bottom to the top.
Henry’s first fish on a fly and from the Smokies. Can’t beat a double, especially in the Smokies.
There’s also good news with the tail waters, they’re finally fishable! The Holston and Clinch Rivers didn’t have any generation all weekend and are looking good for the next few days, which is just in time for some possible early caddis action. It’s a great time to spend spring break in East TN right now with low traffic and great fishing. If you’re coming into the area or thinking of some vacation ideas GIVE US A CALL, we’d be glad to show you around the streams. We’ll keep you posted on fishing conditions for the Smokies and tail waters the next few days so be sure to check back in. Take care and have a great day.