A break in the weather

Summers are pretty much awesome here in East TN. The smallmouth bite is on, the trout bite is on, and even though there’s always a chance for a pop up shower the weather it is generally pretty nice. We’ve actually seen some really nice weather in the 70’s the past week and we’re enjoying the heck out of it. I know it won’t last long but it gives us a slight taste of our favorite time of year: FALL!!!

The Lord has blessed us with a great season so far and we’ve been able to witness folks catch some really nice fish. The smallmouth bite is still going strong on both surface and subsurface flies and the fish are healthy and full of fight. For most warm water fishermen and smallmouth areas, August can be a tough month to fish because of the heat and sluggish fish, that’s not the case for East TN.

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Todd flat out put it on them, after he put on the right shirt of course.

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The Liske men were double trouble.

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Andy and Butch enjoying the morning.

September is almost here which can bring some great opportunities for those brown fish. I’m hoping this topwater bite will carry on into October but you never know what can happen around here, especially when we’ve already seen days in the 70’s in August. Even if the fish aren’t looking for surface offerings there’s plenty of food below the surface to choose from.

Fall is coming up and that means leaves changing, cooler weather and colored up brown and brookies. You don’t want to miss that time of year, especially since it only lasts for a short while. If you’re looking for a place to get away, think about the Townsend area in the Smokies home of Little River Outfitters. You can’t go wrong in Townsend which is right outside the Smoky Mountain National Park. If you would like to get in a day or 2 of fishing then give us a call, we’d love to show you around.

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Dog days are here

August has been fairly cool for the most part and the weather has been nice but then again we’re just at the start of it. We’ve had some rain here and there which has been good for the rivers in the Smoky Mountain National Park and other freestone rivers in the area. Most of the tailwaters like the Holston, Clinch and French Broad rivers aren’t affected much by rain except for the color and maybe a little extra water. There are several big feeder streams on each river that can add some stain to the water and a little bit can be good. That has been the case as of lately with the occasional afternoon shower, but the off color can only help.

As for the fishing side of things the smallmouth bite is still going on strong and depending on the weather and generation schedule we’re still seeing good action with topwater. The subsurface action will always yield more fish but when there’s a chance to catch some on top not many want to pass it up. Some days the fish can get picky and we’ve had to change flies and techniques but for the most part the fish are in the usual late summer groove, it is August after all.

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Love that summer time bronze.

Smallmouth fishing in the summer time is great but not the only thing around. We have several great trout fisheries that fish well through the warmer months. There’s still some bug activity (caddis, sulphurs, etc.) lagging behind which still has the fish looking up. During the heat of the day the fish are a little skittish and nymphs will be a better choice. The hard part is getting a decent generation schedule with low water but you take what you can get and make the best of it.

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Dry flies are hard to beat.

August is a great time to be in East TN and there are plenty of options for every angler to choose from. One great thing about this time of year with school back in session and warm weather is the lack of crowds on the rivers. If you are coming to the area or looking for something out of the ordinary then give us a call and we can arrange a trip for you to see what our area has to offer. Make sure to stop by Little River Outfitters for all of your fly fishing needs and check out their excellent warm water selection. Take care and have a great day.

 

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Wet or dry

July has been pretty typical lately for East TN with a mixed bag of weather ranging from mid 90’s and sunny to torrential downpours. That’s normal though for this area and we’re just used to it I guess; you have to be or else you’d be waiting for a long time for perfect conditions. Sometimes these sudden changes in weather can affect the fishing but usually not for long, then they’re back on the prowl.

The topwater bite has been strong some days but not every day, which has us fishing subsurface flies part of the time. I, as well as most people, love a good topwater bite but more importantly like catching fish. After getting the hang of fishing subsurface flies most folks seem to enjoy it, it can also produce some nice fish. Don’t get me wrong though I’m always looking for fish to take flies off the top.

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Butch found that one he was looking for and Ricky wasn’t far behind.

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Dan with a doozy.                                                 Doug’s first day fly fishing,

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Mark’s hooked on brown fish                           Joel loves his topwater

We’re closing out July with some nice weather and looking forward to August which can be a great time to be out fishing. Hopefully the flows will be a little more stable along with some cooperating weather. Either way we’ll be out there looking to catch some fish and having a good time. If your in the Smoky Mountain area or the Knoxville area and would like to get out on the water, give us a call and we’ll arrange a trip for you. Take care and have a great day.

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