Spring has finally arrived with flowers blooming, bugs hatching and yes, fish rising to dry flies. The recent warming trend has warmed the water to the perfect temps for the Quill Gordons and Blue Quills to start hatching. The hatches don’t last for long periods of time and are focused towards the afternoon, but it’s still early and they’ve just now started which means it will only get better from here. If you haven’t fished this hatch then plan a trip to the Smoky Mountains to get in on the action. It’s definitely our favorite bug to fish because it’s a number 12 fly which make them easy to see and quality fish will rise to them (aggressively).
Nothing beats explosive strikes on Quill Gordons.
As for the Tailwaters well… they were high (14,000 cfs) for the last couple of weeks making them too dangerous to get out and fish, but are getting back to a fishable level. Before the high water hit us the fishing was pretty dang good and quality fish were showing up on a regular basis. The good news is that TVA’s predicted flows for the next fews days are showing a significant drop in cfs and should be fishable again by the end of the week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Lou isn’t afraid of a little rain even if it’s in the 30’s outside. He was rewarded for his efforts.
The whole family got to get out and fish for a few hours this past weekend. Even though there were no bugs hatching at the time the fish were very cooperative. Watching Danielle fight a fish at age 2 is pretty darn cool even though she didn’t want me to help.
She’s just growing up too fast.
We’re hoping the bad weather and cold fronts are out of here for good but this is East TN which means that anything is possible. This is some of the best fishing of the year and we’re excited to see what is in store. If you are coming to the area, give us a call so we can show you first hand. Don’t forget to stop by Little River Outfitters to talk with the boys there. Take care and have a great day.
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So yesterday my buddy/guide Tyler and I loaded up the drifter, only not for floating a river but for stalking flats in search for carp. These flats are really nice and hard to get to unless you have a boat that will float in 6 inches of water, plus the drift boat can slide in undetected. Usually these flats are really clear and seeing the fish isn’t that hard, but yesterday was a different story. They were very murky and seeing the fish from a good distance was out of the question, not to mention the wind was blowing hard. Most of the time when we got a glimpse of the fish we were already on top of them, which if you fly fish for Carp you know they are already spooked at that point.
Once we figured out where they liked to sit on the flat we would keep a good distance and focus on the area. This helped us to spot more fish instead of scanning the entire flat and missing them altogether. Tyler spotted the first couple of fish, but only got one to nibble on the fly and the fish didn’t fully take it. It was pretty tough but still fun. We switched positions after a while so Tyler got behind the oars and I got on deck. There was a bad storm moving in so we started to row back to the dock, as we were rowing back I kept throwing at the bank and stripping it back out and finally got one to eat. After I hooked the fish he pulled almost all of the line off my reel. After about a 5 minute fight with this bruiser he decided to throw the fly at the boat.
Carp fishing can be pretty slow sometimes so hooking up with one is always a treat. Spotting a fish, casting at it, then watching your line get tight, there is nothing that gets you heart beating faster than that. Oh except for the long runs and hard pulls. Fly fishing for carp is great when trout and bass fishing gets slow because they thrive in warm water and it gives you a opportunity to keep fishing. It also gives you the feeling of Bonefishing without having to go to the Keys or Bahamas. I love it and have a few clients who do as well. Thanks for reading with us and we will be carping for a little while longer, at least until Fall gets here and the trout fishing is on again.
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