Finally, trout rising and not the water

The streams are down, the bugs are hatching and the fish are rising, yep I guess it’s officially spring. We are finally out of the bad weather and the future forecast is looking pretty darn good with some days reaching into the 70’s. It feels good to stand in a stream and be able to feel your legs for a change. I guess the best thing to report is that the fishing is FANTASTIC right now with the majority of the flies being thrown are sitting on the water rather than in it. Not only are we fishing dries but size 12’s to boot and fish are definitely looking up for them.


Number 12 Quill Gordons…….yes please.

The Quill Gordon is the main attraction, but not the only bug out there with plenty of Blue Quills and Brown Stones right beside them. With this much food flying around this means dry flies pretty much all day long. Nymphs will work too but lets face it who wants to fish a nymph right now, especially after the past month we’ve had. A parachute adams, thunderhead and brown stimulator will get the job done but a match wing Quill Gordon might fool some of those pickier fish. Don’t forget to stop by Little River Outfitters on you way into the Smokies to stock up on flies and some floatant because you’ll sure need them.

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Eli and Raven were beginners and got to see a good hatch first hand.

With the water temps warming up some of the brookie streams higher up the mountain are fishing better especially the newly opened Lynn Camp Prong which has been the talk of the town. The parking lot is usually full but the traffic doesn’t seem to affect the action at all. Things are good around here and if you get the chance to visit the Smokies then make the trip. You never know how long it might last so take full advantage of it while you can. If you’d like to get out with us, give us a call, we’d be glad to show you around.


Gotta love browns eating dries.

As for the tailwater action, there’s not too much to talk about with all of them running high but hopefully that will change pretty soon. When they do decide to shut off the generators we’re betting that the fish are going to be hungry, aggressive and maybe even a little gullible since they haven’t seen anybody in a while. The last time we were out we noticed several caddis hopping across the surface and fish were hitting them. I’m guessing that things should be in full swing when the water slows down. At least for now we have the Smokies and we’re thankful for that. If you get the chance to get out be safe and have a great time. Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.


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