by Josh Pfeiffer on March 13th, 2014 | FA News
We’ve seen some sporadic dry fly fishing in the Smokies in the past few days. The quill gordons and blue quills are showing up every day but the hatches are heavier, some days more than others. The 5 day forecast is looking really good and the night lows aren’t going to be too bad. This could be the week that everything comes together, at least that’s what we’re hoping for.
The afternoon from 12:00 to 4:00 is your best shot at seeing fish rise, but nymphs will do the trick before and after. You can’t go wrong with a pheasant tail, hares ear or birds nest right now in a size 14 or 16 and it doesn’t hurt to try 2 at a time.
Josh with his first fish from the Smokies and proud as heck.
When it’s warm and sunny you kind of expect the fish to be looking up but that wasn’t the case for Josh and Tom. The strikes were sporadic at times and fish were hanging near the bottom for the most part. Most of their fish came on nymphs with a couple on dries. You do what you have to sometimes.
Sue enjoying her new Tenkara rod.
Over the weekend and the first part of the week we’ve had great weather but not much floating on the water as a result. I don’t really understand why, but you could lose your mind trying to figure out those things sometimes. What we do know is that hanging a nymph off the back of your dry will get you a lot more love from the fish right now. We’ve had most of our success on pheasant tails and brown stones in sizes 16 and 14.
Plenty of food in the streams right now.
The water is gin clear right now and on the low side so you definitely want to be wearing natural colors and staying low to keep you hidden. We’ve seen more refusals than we’d like to lately mainly due to the “death from above” factor making the fish spooky, so do what you can to not be seen. Rommel saw this first hand.
Rommel getting the reach and the reward.
I guess even though the conditions haven’t been perfect we can’t complain about the fishing. Stay tuned for the latest updates on the Smokies and the tailwaters for the next few weeks and like us on FACEBOOK for quick daily updates. We should start seeing some caddis coming off on the Holston before too long and you don’t want to miss that. Knock the dust of the gear, stop in and talk with the guys at Little River Outfitters and hit the streams to enjoy this awesome weather. Give us a call if you would like to book a trip. Take care and have a great day.