The smallmouth bite has been great the past few weeks and the flows have been consistent. We’re getting a decent topwater bite part of the time but not everyday, I guess it’s good that smallmouth eat other things. The middle of the day can be tough when the sun is directly over head and the fish are leery of coming to the surface. The subsurface activity (crawdads and baitfish) have been the strongest which isn’t as glamorous as the topwater take but hey, it keeps the lines tight and can produce some nice fish.
Todd with his 2 best smallies within 10 minutes of each other. Great job Todd.
As of the last week TVA has been running the generators in the afternoons on most of the bigger rivers. This has been great for the water temps on the lower parts of the rivers and should keep the river cool at least for a little while. The generation will also clear out some of the early unwanted grasses in the smallmouth waters that can clog up certain sections of the rivers.
Peter’s first time catching smallmouth in the United States
Peter’s from South Africa and is used to fishing for them a little differently there. He was thrilled to be able to sight cast to fish in the clear rivers of East TN. Everything is looking good for the summer and last weeks rain couldn’t have come soon enough with the hot weather we’re getting hit with. Temps are in the 90’s and close to record breakers this week with high humidity. What can you say other than it’s a typical, non-typical summer in East TN. Bring your rain jacket, sunscreen and your A-game because you never know what you’re going to run into.
Summers are a lot of fun around the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding Knoxville areas and there is usually always some good water to fish for either trout or smallmouth. If you are coming to the area or even live near by and want to get out to enjoy the resources, give us a call, we’d be happy to get you out on the water. Along with the Fishing report you can also check out our Facebook page for quick updates on river/fishing conditions. While you are in town don’t forget to check out the best fly shop in the south, Little River Outfitters, for the essentials before hitting the water. Take care and have a great day.