High or Low we’re gonna go

Depending on the day and time we head to the river TVA could give us any number of generation combinations. Most weekends the Clinch River and Holston River have had low flows allowing most wade fishermen opportunities to get some time on the river. Between the two rivers the Clinch has had the upper hand as far as a strong bite and reliability. During the weekdays however, the Clinch has been running consistently high, alternating between 1 and 2 generators all day from 1,500-4,500 cfs. This much water isn’t safe to wade but is great to float which has been perfect for covering more productive water by putting quantity and quality of fish in the boat.

         

Some think having bananas on the boat is bad luck, but regardless of what anyone thinks Jay and Rana weren’t buying into it.

Nymphs have been the main producers as of late which isn’t a surprise. What is surprising is that with high water like we’ve experienced for the last month we haven’t had to go very deep to get to the action. In fact some of the action is right below the surface or even on top. We have been seeing a few sulfurs flying around the Clinch which is pretty early but with the unusually warm spring we’ve had (except for this week) the bugs are getting off to an early start. Though the site of early sulfurs makes us feel all warm inside, the numbers of midges can be down right impressive and fish seem to be leaning towards them for the time being.

Though it’s not quite time for them, they are a sight for soar eyes.

I have a feeling that this Spring is going to be one you don’t want to miss with what we’ve seen so far. We’re all anxious to see what the Holston River has to offer and as soon as TVA decides to shut the water off you can bet we’ll be on it. Keep a look out for a Holston fishing report soon. If you’re coming to the Knoxville or Maryville area or decide to take a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, GIVE US A CALL and let us show you a day on one of our quality trout or smallmouth rivers. Don’t forget to stop by and see the guys at Little River Outfitters for all you fly fishing needs. Take care and have a blessed day.

 

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A little taste of the good stuff

After several months of hot, I mean hot weather here in East Tennessee we have finally gotten a break from the heat. Though it’s wet and cool it feels good and we’ll take all we can get because the fish are loving it. The future forecast predicts that we have some rain coming again in the next couple of days but it looks like fall is here to stay. We’ve been slacking on our fishing reports, but we’ve been blessed with a busy season and just haven’t had much time to keep up with them, so we figure we’d role them all into one big report.

The smallmouth fishing has been great and the fish are showing their typical fall behavior. The fish are bulking up and trying to put on weight for the upcoming cold weather, but then again when is a smallmouth not trying to eat as much as possible. A plethora of flies are working but we’ve had to switch things around from time to time to hit the right note. Subsurface flies will almost always produce but there have been days when fishing poppers has been flat out great.

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Rain or shine these folks came to play.

Fishing has been good for trout on the tailwaters. The Clinch has been fishing pretty good, given the right generation schedules, and the trout are healthy and just as excited about fall as we are. Small flies and fine tippet are the name of the game until the water comes on when streamer fishing can produce some hangry fish. If you’re willing to work around finicky conditions then it could work in your favor for some exceptional fishing.

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The rivers are almost as colored up as the rainbows.

The Smokies are fishing well with the coming of cool weather which has helped with the water temps, especially since the water has been really low. There have been quite a few slate drakes flying around and parachute adams will get to rise. There have also been some early October caddis here and there but not enough to get fish excited about them. Stimulators will imitate a lot of different bugs and the october caddis is right there with them. It’s also a great dry for your dropper.

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The Smokies Grand Slam.

Needless to say we’re fired up for fall and hoping for a long drawn out one at that. With bugs hatching, fish rising and leaves changing does it get any better? If your looking for a great spot for your fall vacation then look no further than the Smoky Mountain National Park. While you’re in town give us a call and let us show you a day on the water so you can see some of the fine qualities of our great state. Take care and have a great day.

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The awaited season

Fall started off kind of warm this year with days in the 80’s which didn’t quite feel like fall. I know that doesn’t sound like a problem but when the leaves are changing and it’s football season there should be a slight chill in the air. We definitely have one now. Mornings start with temps in the 30’s and 40’s and end in the 60’s and along with us the fish are loving it.

Our smallmouth season is winding down with the arrival of the cool weather but we had a great season that ended with some high notes even with terrible weather. You can bet with the start of fall that there’s gonna be some cold fronts pushing in and some heavy rain along the way. Even with some occasional nasty weather the fishing has been great.

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Dick loves smallmouth fishing more than anyone that I know, rain or shine.

Over the years we’ve fished with folks from all over the world but I think we have a winner for furthest traveled with Ben from Australia. He came here to get his hands on some smallies and he did just that with added bonus points for bad conditions.

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A two hander the first time out. Way to go Ben.

Although we’re sad to see our smallmouth season drift away with the warm weather we have plenty of great days on the Clinch and Holston ahead of us to focus on. The Holston has started cooling off and the fishing has been pretty darn good the last few weeks. No dry flies yet but nymphs and streamers will sure keep things interesting. Dries like caddis and midges will come with the cooler weather. This summer was pretty mild and the water didn’t get too warm to hurt the fishing which has left the fish fat and healthy for the fall and winter.

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Gary and Jim from Ohio did a great job even in bad conditions and muddy water.

The Smokies are definitely the big attraction right now with incredible views which happens with the changing of the leaves. The great fishing is an added bonus to the already beautiful surroundings. Nymphs have been best in the mornings due to the drop in temperatures overnight with dries in the afternoon as the day heats up. October is a great time to be in the Smokies but November is just as good with a lot less pressure for those who are trying to find a nice getaway.

Give us a call if you would like to get out on the water before the cold weather sets in. Don’t forget to stop in at Little River Outfitters while you’re in town for any situation on the water that you might find yourself in, these guys are great and can help you with any and all needs. Take care and have a great day.

 

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