Here we are on Easter Sunday already, how the fishing season is flying by. We’ve been busy fishing up in the Smokies, on the Clinch and Holston Rivers and chasing those river smallies all over. The good news is that the fishing is great everywhere and there are some very healthy fish roaming around. The cherry on top is that the weather is fantastic with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s with low chances of precipitation. How could it get any better.
Smallmouth have been eating well over the last month or so bulking up on calories in preparation for the spawn and now the time has come for them to shine. These boys…..and girls look like fat footballs with linebacker shoulders and a bad attitude looking to hurt anything that comes by. We have been fishing a variety of streamers and crawdad patterns for the most part with the occasional popper when the moods strikes us but they aren’t very picky. TVA has also been giving us great schedules to work around on the tailwaters with minimum flows making it easy to plan trips. Along with the tailwaters we have the option to float the lowland freestone rivers as well which have also been fishing well. Some smallmouth are on the beds right now and others are not far behind so we’re covering a lot of water trying to target fish that aren’t on beds so we don’t bother their routine.
The tailwaters are fishing very well right now for trout as they should with good flows and plenty of bugs moving about. The Sulfurs on the clinch have been sparse but they will come off in numbers soon enough, until then midges and caddis are the main course . Midges and small nymphs have been producing well (surprise, surprise) on long leaders and long casts with a good drift. We’ve been seeing great caddis hatches just about every time we’ve been on the Holston and fish are getting heavy as a result. There are short windows of dry fly fishing during the day with explosive strikes on dries and plenty of action on nymphs when the hatches die off. The low flows and stable weather have been great for the upper Holston.
The fish in the Smokies are looking up as you would imagine they would in April with lots of bugs flying around all day. There are huge March browns, brown stoneflies, yellow sallies and even some early sulfurs and don’t forget about all the fun you can have fishing terrestrials. Water levels are perfect with some Spring showers here and there to keep the water where it needs to be so if you like fishing the mountains, now is the time to be there with your favorite rod and plenty of dries. If you don’t have your own gear than give us a call and we can supply you with everything.
We’ve been busy in March and April and that’s how we like it. There aren’t any days left in April and May only has a few days left open, but we do have a handful of professional guides that work with us that may be able to help out if needed. June, July and August are filling up for peak smallmouth season so if you interested in fishing with us then give us a shout and let us show you a good time on the water, especially if you want to chase one of the best fish in freshwater.
Fishing hasn’t been the only thing keeping us busy however. We have a new addition to our Family and his name is Luke. The Lord has blessed us so much and we’re very happy to be able to share it with everyone. Thank you for reading the fishing report and stay connected for more recent fishing reports. Have a blessed day.
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TVA has been changing up the schedule recently with most rivers in the area being high for the biggest part of the day. The weekends still look good with recreational flows and the weather lately can’t be beat. With the last front that came through it left us with blue bird sky days and the fish are seeking shelter from the bright sun. This can be good because it will concentrate the fish to shade or structure, but on the other hand you may have to tuck the fly into a confined space for an added challenge. I personally think that adds to the fun of fly fishing when you earn the fish you are going for.
This is what we ran across yesterday while floating the Holston P. The fish were not in the usual ambush spots but the upside to things was that popping bugs were all that was needed to catch fish. Josh Callihan, who is a trout fanatic, can usually be found fishing the small streams of the Smokies gunning for spooky wild brookies or on the Clinch throwing tiny midges for better than rainbows and browns. So naturally he wanted to expand his horizons and try something new.
Josh’s first on a fly and just a short distance from the put in.
The fishing got better and the fish got bigger as the day went on.
This guy came out of a shade line and “sipped” a popper.
As the day went on and the sun got higher the fish would stay close to shade and getting the fly in the feeding lane wasn’t always easy, but was key. When you put in the work and sacrifice and a few flies you can be rewarded for your efforts.
A nice 2 hander to end the day.
THE CANEY FORK RIVER
Hoppers did not even get a look for us this week. So we drowned nymphs against structure and picked up some slot fish. Another thing we did was hit the dam pool below Center Hill Dam, in the evening, to fish dries. Small Adams worked pretty well all by themselves. If the fish stopped hitting, just adding a small dropper would change fishing back catching. Small dries late in the evening is a good way to wind down and it is very entertaining.
The smallmouth fishing should be good well into fall, but who knows how much longer the topwater bite will last with the nights getting cooler. Now that the weather is cooling off in the Smokies and the fish seem to be happier we will start giving the streams in the mountains a little more focus. Fall is almost here and that means Football time, leaves changing and hatches like Slate Drakes,October Caddis and BWO’s. It’s probably everybody’s favorite time around here and we hope that you get to experience the fun as well. If you are thinking about doing a fishing trip while your in town then give us a ring and we would happy to get you on the water, CONTACT US. Take care and have an awesome day.
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Yesterday a good friend of mine Walt Holman and I met a the Caney Fork river for a long over due float trip. It was a perfect fall day with lots of sun no wind and warm temps. There wasn’t anybody on the river besides us all day which was unusual for the Caney Fork. It is a very popular river for kayaking and canoeing and we usually run into a lot of them on the water. The fish were active, feeding on small grey midges and brown caddis. The trout were doing cartwheels for the bugs and coming completely out of the water. We caught a lot of fish, but missed a lot too and some would get off at the boat. That’s par for trout fishing though, fishing small flies with thin tippet and the fish don’t stop shaking and jumping, but it part of the thrill.
There were tons of wildlife along the banks, which is good because the Caney isn’t that developed and I hope it never gets that way. We saw Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Otters and Deer as we floated past them and they could care less about us which was awesome. We had a great day and the fishing was excellent, what else could you ask for. Now Walt catches some big fish but doesn’t like to brag about it, so I will brag for him and I made him take this picture. Thank for joining us today and get out and enjoy the beautiful weather while we have it.
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