One more fly fisherman on the river

I’ve had the opportunity to fish with Scott several times over the past few years and it’s always a good time. This time Scott brought along his nephew for his first trip in a drift boat. Scott will usually spin fish for whatever will bite on the end of his line but the Clinch had a good schedule and he wanted to try and get a nice fish. After a little pursuation I got Scott to try the fly rod and it didn’t take him long to get the hang of it.




The Clinch has the best looking bows anywhere around.

After spending a few minutes working with Scott on his casting and hook sets he was in the groove of things. This wasn’t the ideal day to learn to fly fish, but he didn’t mind it. Before I knew it Scott was hooked up again.



They have good looking browns too.

The high today was supposed to be in the 50’s with a little bit of wind and as you can see that wasn’t the case at all. It didn’t matter though, we didn’t let the weather get in the way of what we came to do and it certainly didn’t get in the way of us having a good time.

Richie’s no slouch on the river either and with this being his first time on the water in a long time I think he handled himself pretty well. These guys were awesome and I look forward to the next time out with them.



The water was high today with TVA running 1 generator pretty much all day and we really didn’t see any bugs hatching, not even midges. The fish were still feeding pretty good even with the lack of bugs, but you had to get flies deep and around some sort of structure which isn’t really a surprise considering all the water rolling through the river. The river can be a real “brouhaha” for the fish during this time of year with heavy flows and fish spawning and sometimes the fish just don’t want to chase down their meals. Nymphs are a great way to go in the Fall not only for numbers of fish but even size.

If your looking to get out and fish but not sure with the cold weather on it’s way don’t worry, the rivers fish pretty good in the Winter when the water temps drop back to normal at around 50 degrees. If your in the area and want to get out, feel free to give us a call and we would be glad to get you out on the water. Take care and have a great day.


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It’s looking like an early Winter

As Winter approaches and the streams in the Smokies get cooler by the day, so does the fishing. Cold fronts push through along with cool nights chilling the water and pretty much ending most of the hatches. This doesn’t necessarily mean the fishing is done, just don’t expect the results to be the same as in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Nymph fishing is primarily the way to go and don’t be afraid to add split shot to the leader to get the flies down. This is the time of year when the browns are coming off the redds and bulking back up with food before Winter sets in for good.

This is also the time when we’re focusing a lot of time on the Clinch and Holston Rivers in drift boats as the temperature of the big rivers starts to get back to normal and the trout are feeling frisky. Up until a couple of weeks ago the tailwaters have had pretty high flows which makes the fishing tough. With the flows getting cut back and becoming stable the fishing has improved and there are some nice fish out and about.

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Leigh with some nice fish from the Clinch.

There has been plenty of midge activity on the Clinch with a sporadic black caddis hatch here and there. A variety in colors of small zebra midges and pheasant tails will work just fine, but on low flows make sure to use fine tippet and get a DEAD drift. The Clinch is known for having skittish fish and that’s especially the case when there’s no generation.

With the generators running and the flows high the fish aren’t as spooky but they are closer to the bottom and fishing heavy flies and split shot can be tough if you haven’t done it before. That’s what we are here for though, to show you how to fish in not so perfect conditions. These were the conditions that Jim, Allen and I experienced the other day with the Clinch running 1 all day. It was all about getting it at that right depth.

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Jim is a saltwater fisherman and hasn’t done much freshwater, but I couldn’t tell it from my seat.

These rivers can fish pretty good in the colder months and keep us on the water when everything else has ice on the banks. The reason for this is the regulated water coming out of the bottom of the dam and temps hovering around 50 degrees. They also have better than average size fish that are willing to take a fly throughout the day and not just during the heat of the day like the freestone rivers. One thing about being in the drift boat in the cold is that the coffee thermos is right there with us and ready to warm you back up for the next fish.

If old man Winter has you down and you need to get out, feel free to give us a call (CONTACT US). We’ll be fishing either way and would be happy to get you out on the water. Take care and have a great day.




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Floating the Clinch

The water is low and warm up in the Smokies and the fish can be picky, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch them. We just don’t hit them very hard in these conditions and stress them out more than we have to. So that led us to float the Clinch this past saturday with Joe. The water in the Clinch is very clear and the fish were extremely spooky, so after we changed up our routine and flies we started landing fish. Long cast and light tippet will get fish to eat and midges are always a safe bet. Here is a solid fish that Joe landed after lunch.

Black caddis were everywhere on the surface in about a size 20 and fish were coming up to feed. All of our fish were caught on nymphs. When the water came up we switched to bigger patterns and that seemed to work pretty well. All in all we boated quite a few fish throughout the day and if you figure out how they want the fly that day it can be a lot of fun. It was an awesome day and I got to spend it with a really cool guy, congrats Joe on your fish.




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