We haven’t had much to talk about as of the last couple of weeks due to some really nasty weather. We have had everything from an ice storm covering the entire area with 2+ inches followed by 6 to 8 inches of snow only to end with a heavy warm rain to melt and flood everything. What can you say other than a normal winter for East TN, which normal for us means abnormal. The good thing is that we are almost out of it all and spring is right around the corner with days full of bugs hatching and fish rising.
Even bad weather can have it’s upsides, like making incredible views and empty parking lots.
I decided to get out one day after the small “blizzard” hit our area mainly because cabin fever got to a boiling point and second I love fishing in bad conditions, don’t ask me why. Abrams Creek is a great place to fish during the winter because it’s made up of several different springs and the water will usually be warmer. Although there weren’t any bugs hatching, even midges, drifting nymphs along the bottom was a consistent way to catch fish.
You know you’re in the right spot when the herons won’t give it up.
With Quill Gordons and blue Quills on deck patterns like pheasant tails, hares ears and pats nymphs are great but the bugs are still on the rocks, so get your flies down in front of the fish. One of my favorite patterns for this time of year may be the guides choice hares ear, it’s buggy and fish love it. You can also dead drift the nymph and swing it at the end of the run, kind of the best of both worlds. Make sure to stop by Little River Outfitters on your way to the river to talk with the guys and grab some flies or last minute items.
The fish are healthy and have great color which is a for sure sign that we’re not far off.
Spring might be the best time of the year to be in the Smokies for the views, wildlife and fishing. We also had conformation that Lynn Camp Prong, which has been closed for a long time has finally been opened back up to fishing making every stream in the Smokies open which hasn’t been that way in 81 years. We’re all very excited about this and owe a huge thanks to the fisheries department of the GSMNP and TU for restoring this to an all brookie stream again. You can check out the story from our local news station from the WBIR link.
If you are thinking of planing a trip to the Smokies and would like to see them in a different way then give us a call and we’ll show you how we like to see it, from the river. Keep up with our fishing reports and Facebook page for more updates on stream and fishing conditions. Take care and have a wonderful day.