One thing that’s for sure about East TN weather is that nothing is for sure. Last week we were getting days in the 90’s while sporting nice sunburns and catching smallies. One thing is still the same, we are catching smallies, but the weather did turn south for a couple of days which brought in some much needed rain. We just experienced a drop of about 30 degrees in temperature while raining, which did cool the rivers off a bit but starting next week everything should be dry again and the sun will be shining.
The bigger smallmouth rivers in our area are fishing pretty good right now with the exception of the weather, which should push out in a day or two. Dick from VA came down for a few days this week and wanted to get his hands on some brown fish since his local river (James) has been blown out. On the first day we experienced numbers of smaller fish (buck bass) with an occasional appearance from a nice fish. This can be a sign of spawning activity, but we weren’t for sure until we noticed the full moon on the ride back home, which had us both convinced that’s what was going on.
Dick loves them in all shapes and sizes.
On day 2 we experienced pretty similar conditions on a different stretch of water, but with the addition of bad weather moving in it added an extra obstacle. The fish weren’t wanting to move very far for a meal and were tucked into hard to get to spots, so accurate casts and patience was a must. Switching flies and changing techniques to figure out what will “get em” can be tricky, slow and sometimes frustrating but figuring it out is also very rewarding. Dick’s persistence paid off and he got the fish he was looking for.
We should see great weather and fishing this week with some very hungry fish getting off the beds. This is when things pick up and aggressive fish are looking to pick a fight with a fly. If you would like to get out on the water and see for yourself what the fuss is all about GIVE US A CALL and we can set up a trip for you. Also, don’t forget to stop in at Little River Outfitters and talk with the folks there about a good fly selection and recent reports on a variety of streams. On a side note if you have tried to call me in the last couple of days and haven’t gotten through it’s because my phone had a problem but is working now. Be prepared for sudden bad weather this time of year with the possibility of thunderstorms and heavy rain. Be safe and don’t chance it, get on the bank and wait it out if you can’t get to your car. Take care and have a great day.