One thing the fishing and the weather have in common is they’re both hot. Some days we’ve seen the air temps in the mid 90’s with the signature high humidity that we’re so accustomed to here in East TN. These weather patterns aren’t normal for June and the spike in temps have brought afternoon thunderstorms some days with small showers to cool things off. We’ve been making sure to stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks when necessary.

On the plus side, the fishing has been fantastic; the water is staying cool from nightly generation and the fish are healthy and have quite a mean streak. Most smallmouth rivers are free flowing and can rise with rain, heat up quick with warm weather and get low with droughts. Several of our rivers are tailwaters which tend to stay cooler during the summer with regular water releases (pulses) during the day keeping water levels/temps more stable with the abnormal conditions.


Forrest came down from Chicago to find a citation and with hard work, he found it.

We’ve been seeing a decent topwater bite somedays with the occasional nice fish taking poppers, but it’s not been fast and furious. Everybody’s favorite way to catch smallmouth on a fly is definitely with topwater but it’s not always the most productive way. Fishing subsurface flies will always produce more fish and usually better fish due to the lack of energy a fish has to use to get to the fly. Fishing crawdads and baitfish can be very effective especially during the summer months and can keep the lines tight during those hot/sticky days.

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Errol’s first time fly fishing for smallmouth and he knocked it out of the park.

The weather for June has been abnormally hot but despite the fact the fishing has been great. The summer bite is on and when you’re focused on working a popping bug or streamer, you don’t even notice the heat. Hopefully we’ll see some cooler weather here soon and maybe even a little rain along with it. If you’re interested in trying something different or just want to get out and chase your favorite fish give us a call and we’ll get a trip set up for you. Also check us out on Facebook for short updates and conditions. Take care and have a great day.




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Summer came early

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.

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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.



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Trout fishing still good, despite low water

The fishing on the tailwaters has been great and the fish are healthy along with plenty of bug activity which still gets us a decent dry fly bite some days. We could use a little generation on the Holston to clear out some of the grass and cool the water off a bit but we’re not complaining, heck it could be high water and then we couldn’t fish it at all. The Clinch stays cold through the summer making it a better choice than the Holston once it gets too warm, but both have been good lately. The fish are strong, have a lot of color and will give you a run for your money.

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Jay and Rana were in complete rhythm

The fishing has been good lately in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The only problem might be low water and it hasn’t affected them too bad. The fish are still taking dry flies just fine and there are still some sulphurs and yellow sallies flying around, but the terrestrial bite has been really good. Hiking back to the higher elevations has helped out with finding willing fish as it usually does this time of year due to warm weather. You still want to stay low and wear dull/nature colors to blend in. Be careful though because the snakes are out and about and the bears have been active.

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Kevin and Ken could boulder hop with the best of them.

June can be a lot of fun here in East TN with plenty of options to choose from, whether it’s trout or smallmouth bass. Both are a lot of fun and we have plenty of them around with plenty of rivers to fish. Give us a call if you’re going to be in the area and want to get away from the crowds for a bit and see a side of East TN that most don’t get to see. Take care and have a great day.

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