East Tennessee fly fishing report……for all things that swim.

  1. Needless to say it’s been a while since  we’ve posted a fishing report but we’re going to try and stay on top of it this year, so stayed tuned in. First off, we would like to introduce our newest guide, Gary Troutman, to the team. We added Gary last fall and are excited to have him on the team. This allows us to do more multiple boat floats and wade trips with larger groups.


We are also happy to say that we are now an Orvis endorsed guide service. This happened last summer and are honored to be involved with such a great company. You won’t find gear with more fly fishermen-minded development into their products than Orvis. Not to mention the customer service is top notch. Go check them out at Orvis.com

SMOKIES STREAMS

The Smokies stream’s have been fishing very well with plenty of bugs (Quill Gordon’s, Blue Quills and Brown Stoneflies) hatching. Fish tend to be focused more on nymphs until around lunchtime at which point the hatches start up and fish get close to the surface to feed on them. Here are some photos of some recent trips from up in the park.

        

TROUT TAILWATERS

The Tailwaters have been running high most of winter and spring due to all of the rain we’ve been getting but we have so many options in our area that we have still been able to get out just about everyday. As for the fishing, with the water being high or low the fish have been eating well and the fishing couldn’t have been better. We’ve fished 400 cfs all the way to 9,000 and though techniques will change with the flow, it has been a good spring and will only continue to get better. Here are photos from recent float trips.

       

SMALLMOUTH

Smallmouth fishing has always been associated with warmer months but here in East Tennessee our rivers warm up a lot quicker than other places. Though cold fronts and heavy rain have played havoc on the river conditions, fishing has been good and we expect to have yet another great year ahead. We have some new stuff going on for 2018 and we will also be able to offer more trips and options as of this summer. We’re excited to announce these options in our future fishing reports.  Here are photos from some recent trips.

     

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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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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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