The awaited season

Fall started off kind of warm this year with days in the 80’s which didn’t quite feel like fall. I know that doesn’t sound like a problem but when the leaves are changing and it’s football season there should be a slight chill in the air. We definitely have one now. Mornings start with temps in the 30’s and 40’s and end in the 60’s and along with us the fish are loving it.

Our smallmouth season is winding down with the arrival of the cool weather but we had a great season that ended with some high notes even with terrible weather. You can bet with the start of fall that there’s gonna be some cold fronts pushing in and some heavy rain along the way. Even with some occasional nasty weather the fishing has been great.

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Dick loves smallmouth fishing more than anyone that I know, rain or shine.

Over the years we’ve fished with folks from all over the world but I think we have a winner for furthest traveled with Ben from Australia. He came here to get his hands on some smallies and he did just that with added bonus points for bad conditions.

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A two hander the first time out. Way to go Ben.

Although we’re sad to see our smallmouth season drift away with the warm weather we have plenty of great days on the Clinch and Holston ahead of us to focus on. The Holston has started cooling off and the fishing has been pretty darn good the last few weeks. No dry flies yet but nymphs and streamers will sure keep things interesting. Dries like caddis and midges will come with the cooler weather. This summer was pretty mild and the water didn’t get too warm to hurt the fishing which has left the fish fat and healthy for the fall and winter.

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Gary and Jim from Ohio did a great job even in bad conditions and muddy water.

The Smokies are definitely the big attraction right now with incredible views which happens with the changing of the leaves. The great fishing is an added bonus to the already beautiful surroundings. Nymphs have been best in the mornings due to the drop in temperatures overnight with dries in the afternoon as the day heats up. October is a great time to be in the Smokies but November is just as good with a lot less pressure for those who are trying to find a nice getaway.

Give us a call if you would like to get out on the water before the cold weather sets in. Don’t forget to stop in at Little River Outfitters while you’re in town for any situation on the water that you might find yourself in, these guys are great and can help you with any and all needs. Take care and have a great day.

 

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Fall has definitely arrived

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Breaking in the new ride.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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