With the arrival of fall we’re seeing cool nights with lows in the 40′s and high’s in the 70′s. The water temps are dropping slowly and you can tell a difference in the fish’s attitude. The Smokies have been fishing well with both dries and nymphs and there have been quite a few bugs flying around throughout the day. One of our favorite hatches in the fall are the Isonychia’s or slate drakes which are size 12 dries and have started popping off in the mountains.
Is there anything better than kids catching fish?
The tailwaters are having decent flows and the fish have been pretty active despite the warmer than average water for this time of year. It’s not fatally hot but fish don’t need to be played very long or handled too much. I recently helped out Mike Bone on a float trip down the Holston and the fish were fairly aggressive and had good weight to them which was great to see them surviving the summers. There were a few caddis and cahills hatching but midges were in far greater numbers. The fishing on the Holston should be great this fall and winter.
2 fish in 4 casts with another one breaking off. Bill had it going on.
As for the smallmouth enthusiast the fall bite can be great here in East TN with the smallmouth bulking up before the cold weather sets in. The fish have been very aggressive to say the least and have been taking both topwater and streamers. With some of our tailwaters being smallmouth rivers the water takes longer to cool down, making for a longer than normal season. This changes from year to year but you can usually bank on the bite going strong pretty much through October and sometimes the even the first of November. Every weather channel I have seen says we’re in for a cold winter so we’ll just have to see, but we’ll be out there no matter what.
Some thick slabs putting an 8 wt to the test.
Seeing someone hook up with a fish is always fun but “doubles” are something you don’t forget especially when both fish are around 18 inches, that’s when things get hairy.
A thing of beauty.
The fall might just be the best time of year with the leaves changing and the cool air coming in, but it gives us one last good run before the nasty weather hits us leaving only memories until spring. If you want to get out on the water GIVE US A CALL, we’ll be out there anyways so you might as well be with us. Take care and have a blessed day.
September has arrived and the humid weather trend continues to hang around. The good thing is that the chances for rain are low but the cloud cover is great for the fishing. The generation schedules are decent with several options to choose from on multiple rivers. Despite the warm weather and humidity the fishing has been great and the fish have been aggressive.
We also got our new Hyde drift boat recently and think the new layout will be easier and more comfortable to fish out of than the old one. A couple of days of high water kept us from christening the new boat but after the water came back down it was game time. Glenn called me and had the itch for some smallies so he was the first to put a fresh coat of fish stink on the boat. It wasn’t but a few minutes into the float when Glenn hooked into a bruiser that started the day off right.
This one was in the top 5 best topwater strikes of all time.
We had a good topwater bite in the morning but as the sun got high the fish stayed closer the the bottom. During the heat of the day heavier streamers got more attention and kept the fish coming to the boat. Most folks don’t like throwing streamers because of the weight involved but the right rod and line can make it easier and fun to fish. Plus if your not willing to switch, the day could be a bust.
Glenn got to sight cast to his first carp on a fly.
The bite will continue for a while and September can be a great month due to the lack of traffic as long as you don’t mind a little heat. Give us a call if you would like to get out on the water and try your hand at this awesome fish. If you’re looking for some smallmouth flies or any other equipment give the guys at Little River Outfitters a call and they can set you up with all your fly fishing needs. Take care and have a blessed day.
Well so much for our mild summer as it’s been in the 90′s and humid as all get out which is pretty dang normal for August/September in East TN. I guess we had a good run for a while and we can’t complain about that. The weather channel predicts that the 5 day forecast looks good with most days in the mid 80′s but again a 5 day forecast is about useless around here. The occasional afternoon shower can still pop up but only to cool things off a bit and keep the water levels consistent.
Bryan enjoying the best seat in the house right before getting dumped on.
I got to fish with Bryan and Manny last year for the first time and they both work hard at their jobs with very little time to fish. They decided they were ready for round 2 so we hit the water. The fish were a little finicky at first but after a couple of tweaks with flies and techniques the rods stayed bent. Sometimes the fish aren’t always following the manual and you gotta switch things up a bit.
These guys are as easy going as can be and will pound the banks until the take out, rain or shine.
For those wondering how the heat affects the fishing, don’t worry it won’t be affected very much at all. If you want to get some topwater action though than you better be on the water early when the fish are more active. The smallies have been giving the baitfish a run for their money making subsurface flies a better choice especially in the afternoon when they aren’t looking up.
Steve and his buddy Jimbo had never targeted smallmouth on the fly and wanted to try their hand at it. We caught several fish on topwater in the morning but it was mostly streamers for the majority of the day which Steve and Jimbo didn’t seem to mind throwing. When I get asked what I like to fish with the most I reply, whatever catches fish. I love a good topwater bite but the fish are the boss and we’re on their schedule.
Steve and Jimbo didn’t care what they caught em on.
We’ve still got a good chunk of the season ahead of us and Lord willing we’ll have good flows for a while. Although looking at todays schedule was a let down since everything was blown out and can be for a little while, but there’s almost always somewhere to fish. CONTACT us if you would like to get out and fish or else we’ll have to go ourselves, spending less time with our wives and more time in the dog house. Also check out our FACEBOOK page for quick updates about fishing conditions. Take care and have a blessed day.