Surface action heating up

There’s no doubt about it, spring definitely brings good fishing, a lot of which can be done with dry flies. We’ve been spending a good amount of time in the Smokies as well as the Holston River below Cherokee. Both are fishing great with almost perfect water levels and weather you just can’t beat….almost. We are getting a cold front passing through right now which will more than likely shut the fishing down for a day, but never say never.

After this front pushes through the fish will be hungry and everything will be back to normal. The hatches in the Smokies have consisted of tan caddis, march browns, brown stones and even a few yellow sallies here and there. Fishing an adams in a 16-12 is never a bad idea but an elk hair caddis in a size 16 is hard to beat. If you’re not drawing any strikes with dries a small nymph like a pheasant tail or hares ear this time of year will take care of that.

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Big or small Karen doesn’t care how big they are as long as she tricks them into eating a dry.

Now that the water is back around 300 cfs, water is clear and the fish are a tad spooky. Wearing natural, dull colors can help you blend into the background and that is key to fishing the small streams in the Smokies.

Ashley and I were able to get Danielle out for her first trip to the Middle Prong this weekend. The Middle Prong is where I learned to fly fish with my dad showing me the ropes. It’s one of my favorite streams in the entire park so I figured Danielle would like it too. Ashley carried Danielle in a baby bjourn while I fished for about an hour and the fishing was great. Danielle also got to touch her first trout.

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Gotta start them young.

The caddis action has really started to pick up in the last week. The fish are taking the adults when they’re present and some days are better than others, but the important thing is that it has started. Jules and I planned to float today but with the weather forecast calling for thunderstorms all day we decided to just wade. Fortunately the weather held off and the fishing was fantastic.

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Jules with a fine specimen.

With the arrival of the caddis the action is only going to get better from here. Everybody likes throwing dries especially when they’re big enough to see from 20+ ft away. Add sight casting to rising fish and things can get a little crazy, but that’s how we like it. If you’re wanting to get on the water and see it for yourself GIVE US A CALL, everyone’s welcome in the boat. Take care and have a great day.

 

 

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Dry flies all around

So for the last few weeks we’ve been slacking on the fishing reports and we apologize for that but it’s been busy around here with a short vacation thrown in. At least while we were gone Jules was holding down the fort and keeping a close watch on on the rivers and fishing conditions. Now that were back from vacation things are back to normal and we’re loving it.

Lets start off talking about the Smokies. The water was high for a few days early in the week but is now back down to a good level for fishing. The water temp has also been great, hovering in the low to mid 50′s throughout the day. The bugs have been moving around and hatching pretty much all through the day with the best dry fly action from late morning until dark. Now don’t take that the wrong way, we’re not talking about prolific hatches but enough to keep the fish eating dries all day. Most of what were seeing are tan caddis, brown stones, quill gordons, march browns and even some really early yellow sallies.

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Not what you expect to see in early April.

Staying low and wearing dull colors are good when sneaking up on fish, top that with a #16 parachute adams and you can’t go wrong. We’ve been in the Smokies the last couple of days and have fished several different flies and the adams was definitely the top choice.

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Michael with a hefty bow that smashed an adams.

The Holston River has been fishing very well the last month with perfect flows and supercharged fish. Fishing small midges and pheasant tails has been a pretty regular affair but that’s all changed with the arrival of the caddis. The annual caddis hatch has started but in small spurts. Fish are taking flies underneath but there has been some surface action in the afternoons. The weather and fishing have been great and we could be in line for one heck of a season.

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Day 1 with the Haynes started with a bang.

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Day 2 wasn’t too bad either.

The fishing on the Holston in the spring can be hard to beat especially when there’s dry flies thrown in the mix. The flows have been steady allowing fishermen to float and wade on a regular basis. After last year it’s nice to be able to rely on stable flows. If you’re looking to get on the water GIVE US A CALL, we’d be glad to have you in the boat.

The smallmouth fishing has started to pick up as well with fat females moving closer to their spawning territories and males following right behind them. Fishing for them this time of year isn’t easy. The flies are heavy and throwing them with bigger rods can be tricky but the rewards can be worth it.

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It feels good to feel one on the end of the line after a looooong winter.

Ashley, Danielle and I took a little vacation to Mexico for a few days last week. The initial reason was to attend Ashley’s sister Amanda’s wedding which might have been one of the best weddings ever. We figured while we were there we would spend a few more days down there and hang out with the family.

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My girls all dolled up on the beach.

We took a catamaran ride one day, spent some time on the beach and relaxed by the pools with a Pina Colada. You could say we enjoyed ourselves a bit. Sunday was our last day there and I decided to get a guide in Cozumel to see about the bonefish situation. My guide Ivan was fantastic and has eyes like a hawk to see those spooky bones before they see us.

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Here’s Ivan with a spinning rod looking for crocodiles. But he said not to worry.

Bonefishing isn’t easy but is very exciting, especially when you hook up. Anytime you can sight fish to anything your nerves run high, but add high wind and spooky fish and you’re at a whole other level. Getting a good guide can make or break the day and I can say that Ivan was a good guide with good gear.

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Fly fishing the salt is highly addictive…..you’ve been warned.

If you’re in Cozumel and looking for a guide give Ivan a call. He can put you on the bones and some nice ones at that. His number is 045-987-119-3879 and his email address is charolitocatzin28@gmail.com. I know I’m looking forward to going back. Take care and have a great day.

 

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Falling into place

We’re finally seeing some nice weather around the Smoky Mountains as of the last few days. The dry fly fishing has been pretty good as a result with consistent action during the last week. This is due to the streams in the Smokies staying near or actually dipping into 50 degrees during the afternoons. With the future weather forecast looking good for the next 10 days you can hope to see similar if not better conditions.

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Bobby and Hank enjoying a rainy day on the water.

With the low flows on the tailwaters, they’re in pretty similar shape with plenty of fish feeding on the plethora of bugs in/on the water. Black flies, midges and few caddis larvae have been the most common bug life on the Holston with just a few sitings of caddis here and there. Nymph fishing has brought most fish to the boat, but there have been several occasions to throw dries to rising fish. Some days the black flies and midges are so thick they’re almost a curse putting too much food on the surface.

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Bob and Gail Dosser came into town for a little down time on the river.

As the weather continues to get better so should the hatches and fishing. We’ve been looking forward to the arrival of the caddis hatch and it shouldn’t be too much longer before they start showing up. At least we’re not experiencing anymore freezing temps and snow, that’s the most important thing.

We’ve been getting the itch to start chasing smallies again and we just couldn’t wait any longer. Jules and I floated the Little River for a few hours on Sunday to see how the fish would be acting and got to scratch that itch. The fish weren’t real aggressive but we did manage to find some and have a pretty good afternoon.

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Reunited and it feels so good.

As of right now you can’t beat the conditions in our area, but who knows how long that will last. So enjoy it while you can and get out and fish. If you would like to get out on the Smokies streams and/or tailwaters in the near future GIVE US A CALL and we would be glad to do so. Take care and be safe on the water.

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