The weather turns a complete 180

So we made it through June, which had record breaking heat waves and no rain. July shows up to the party with buckets of rain which was welcomed and needed. The good thing is that the ground is so dry and the rivers have been so low that the water is going so many places that the levels haven’t really come up that much at all. We’ve had to cancel some trips due to muddy water, but outside of that everything has been fine and the fishing has been great.

As of late the topwater bite has really picked up and we are seeing some steady action on the surface. When the occasional day comes around and the fish aren’t focusing upwards the subsurface action has been awesome as well. What’s unique about our area and waters is that they are so clear that most of the time the strikes are visual and you can see everything happening. This also means that longer casts can be a factor which isn’t usually a problem with the way we have our rods set up.


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The Ninja does it again. Nicely done Glenn.

You just can’t beat a good topwater bite, when the fish are where they should be and hitting flies with gusto, it just feels right for summer. You don’t always have that aggressive take but when you do there’s nothing else like it and those who haven’t seen it need to experience it first hand. The explosive blow ups are definitely a treat but smallmouth are a lot like trout and mostly “sip” food of the surface which happens to be my favorite because everything seems to go in slow motion.

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Dick right at home with his favorite fish.

Topwater fishing is what most people think about with smallmouth but it’s by no means the only way. Heck, most of what they eat is below the surface so you’re only targeting a small percentage of fish by fishing topwater. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a great day with poppers but we do what we can to catch fish. Some people don’t enjoy fishing subsurface flies, but it can be a blast when done right and can produce some nice fish and numbers with the right conditions. There’s a good feeling when you feel that “thump” at the end of the line followed by weight before you lift the rod.

Having the right rod matched with a good line can make all the difference in the world. Stop by Little River Outfitters in Townsend, TN and talk with the guys there, they can set you up with gear that can fit your style and wallet. If you would like to get out on the water and go after your favorite fish or try something new then give us a call or check us out on Facebook, we’d be glad to have you. We’re very blessed to have so many great places right around the Smoky Mountains and surrounding Knoxville areas. Take care and have a great day.

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