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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It’s finally happening

We’ve been seeing some typical spring weather in East TN for the last few days and it looks like its going to continue into next week. The warm sunny days have had the caddis and stones moving around in the afternoons making it a little easier for fishermen to get in some dry fly action. We have had short glimpses of quill gordons and blue quills here and there but the fish haven’t really keyed in on the adults, until today that is. We can finally report that we witnessed a decent hatch of quill gordons and blue quills even if it was for a short while.



Good to see these guys again.

The fish were hitting them with gusto and didn’t let many get off the water. The thing I love most about these bugs is that a big #12 parachute adams does the trick just as good as anything else. When the fish get a taste for them they usually throw caution to the wind and will take something remotely close to size and color. The first couple of fish “slapped” at my fly and I whiffed it, but the next one knew what he wanted and it was a good surprise.



Just doesn’t get any better.

The quill gordons only lasted for about an hour but it was all we needed. The blue quills mixed in half way through and lasted about an hour as well. The blue quills are smaller around a #16 but hatch in better numbers, keeping the fish busy on the surface. Keep both of these in your box ready to go because you never know which one you’ll need, or just go with us, we have plenty.



If you are planning a trip keep in mind that this is the start of the hatches so the first little bit can be sporadic but all that should change in the next week. Lets hope that the weather remains stable and keeps the bugs on the move because it would be nice to see some more of this. Take care and have a great day.

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