Happy and hearty fish

We’ve spent the last few days on the Holston River below Cherokee Dam and fishing has been top notch. The release schedules have been great, the caddis are hatching and the fish are feeding……hard. We usually see several hatches in the spring whether it’s in the Smokies or on the tailwaters and the caddis hatch on the Holston is up there at the top of the list.

Dan came down from New York last week and had some time to get out and fish. He wanted to try to work on nymphing tactics and maybe a little dry fly action. This was his first time fishing in TN and his first time in a drift boat, which if you’ve never done it before takes some getting used to. Dan was a quick learner and before he knew it, he was hooking up with fish.

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Off to a good start with a whopper

The action has been pretty consistent throughout the day but mainly on nymphs with an occasional fish willing to take a dry. With the low, clear water the fish can be shy and light tippet combined with longer casts have helped with spooking fish. Hefty fish like these on light tippet can be a lot of fun, but the fight can take a while.

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Dan turned the cup holder into a chip bowl so he wouldn’t have to quit fishing.

As the sun got over head the hatches started slacking off pretty much wiping out the dry fly fishing. Since Dan was here to learn how to fish nymphs he wasn’t bothered by it too much. After catching several nice fish we pretty much thought that we had reached the bottom of the blessings jar, which we were happy with at this point.

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Dan’s biggest rainbow to date and a nice one to end the day on.

The 10 day forecast looks pretty good with some chances for rain during the first part of next week, but that’s pretty normal for this time of year. Since we’re on the front end of the caddis hatch the dry fly fishing should get better through the end of the month and the weather along with it.

If you’re like us and itching for smallmouth season to get started, you don’t have long to wait because the rivers are almost ready and the fish are getting active. If you would like to book a trip and get in on some of the action then GIVE US A CALL and we can get you out on the water. Take care and have a great day.

 

 

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Happy Easter

We have been blessed with some incredible weather and fantastic fishing in the past couple of weeks. It’s a big difference from last year around this time when we were pretty much flooded all spring and summer. The wildflowers, dogwoods and red buds are blooming and there’s plenty of wildlife roaming through the woods. Yep, it’s definitely spring.

We’re seeing quite a few march browns hovering over the streams in the Smokies along with plenty of tan caddis and really early yellow sallies. There is a variety of bugs to choose from but the fish are being choosy. This time of year you’ll see big stonefly shucks on the back of rocks and trees but never see the adult.

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Fishermen have been enjoying the dry fly fishing in the Smokies and on the local tailwaters, of course who wouldn’t after a long winter of nymphing deeper runs. Here’s Alex Grano, he’s only 12 and can already trick the fish in the Smokies to take his fly.

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The only way to describe the fishing on the tailwaters is fantastic. With the arrival of the caddis hatch the fish are feeding heavily on nymphs and dries and are as happy and healthy as could possibly be. TVA has given us great schedules to float and wade on, which also keeps the fish and bugs on a consistent schedule. Nymph fishing has been the best producer in the mornings but as the sun gets overhead there are plenty of chances to sight fish to risers taking the adults.

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We live in a beautiful area and are spoiled sometimes with all that goes on. The Lord has blessed our area and us so much and we love to give thanks to Him for the ultimate sacrifice that He gave us so we can enjoy all that God created. We hope you have a very happy Easter and enjoy the day with family and friends. Take care and have a great day.

 

 

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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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