We’re finally seeing some nice weather around the Smoky Mountains as of the last few days. The dry fly fishing has been pretty good as a result with consistent action during the last week. This is due to the streams in the Smokies staying near or actually dipping into 50 degrees during the afternoons. With the future weather forecast looking good for the next 10 days you can hope to see similar if not better conditions.
Bobby and Hank enjoying a rainy day on the water.
With the low flows on the tailwaters, they’re in pretty similar shape with plenty of fish feeding on the plethora of bugs in/on the water. Black flies, midges and few caddis larvae have been the most common bug life on the Holston with just a few sitings of caddis here and there. Nymph fishing has brought most fish to the boat, but there have been several occasions to throw dries to rising fish. Some days the black flies and midges are so thick they’re almost a curse putting too much food on the surface.
Bob and Gail Dosser came into town for a little down time on the river.
As the weather continues to get better so should the hatches and fishing. We’ve been looking forward to the arrival of the caddis hatch and it shouldn’t be too much longer before they start showing up. At least we’re not experiencing anymore freezing temps and snow, that’s the most important thing.
We’ve been getting the itch to start chasing smallies again and we just couldn’t wait any longer. Jules and I floated the Little River for a few hours on Sunday to see how the fish would be acting and got to scratch that itch. The fish weren’t real aggressive but we did manage to find some and have a pretty good afternoon.
Reunited and it feels so good.
As of right now you can’t beat the conditions in our area, but who knows how long that will last. So enjoy it while you can and get out and fish. If you would like to get out on the Smokies streams and/or tailwaters in the near future GIVE US A CALL and we would be glad to do so. Take care and be safe on the water.