Sharing with the next generation.

It’s always neat to see a kid fishing or hunting or even just outside for that matter but one that wants to learn to fly fish, now that’s cool. Occasionally I get the opportunity to take a parent and youth fishing and it always ends with the kid loving it, mainly because they get to play in the water and skip a few rocks. Well Mark Sr. and Mark Jr. were interested in the ends and out of the sport. After a brief lesson on how to cast the rod with Jr. he was ready to hit the water.

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Now that’s a team

It didn’t take Jr. long to start catching fish and shortly after, Sr. decided to get in a couple of casts.

To start off with I helped Jr. with casting and keeping the slack out of the line. Then came the hard part of “setting the hook” which is hard for anybody in the Smokies due to the strikes being so fast. After a while Mark Jr. took over and did everything on his own, even landing his own fish. Did I mention that Jr. is 8 years old, the perfect age to get started in fly fishing. Great job guys and I’m sure there will be many more unforgettable memories down the road.

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Plenty of bugs flying around

We’ve been able to get out and enjoy some time in the Smokies here and there for ourselves. It’s hard to pass up fishing in the park this time of year with all the dry fly fishing in the afternoons. We have been seeing great BWO hatches in the middle of the day with a decent hatch of Sulphurs later in the evenings. Even though we aren’t really seeing much action on the surface in the mornings the fish are taking nymphs like there’s no tomorrow. Plus you never know what is lying on the bottom.

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It’s nice to be surprised with a nice fish while nymphing in the Smokies but don’t always expect it to happen.

This is the time of year when we all spend more time looking for larger fish with the spawn right around the corner. This can be your best shot at catching a great fish that is looking to stock up on bugs before the rut.

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While noticing several fish rising this afternoon I switched from nymphs to a dry for a change of pace and then spotted this guy sitting out, I decided to switch back. After a few casts he took a Prince Nymph and soon after he was in my hands. We have been watching several nice fish lately that just ended up spooking with the low clear water, so it was nice to be able to hold one for a change. You never know what could happen while fishing the Smokies in the Fall. If you are thinking of coming into the area then don’t wait any longer; the fishing is great and we are just now seeing the good hatches, plus the leaves are beautiful. Give us a call (CONTACT US) and we would be glad to get you on the water.

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Here comes the cool weather.

It definitely feels like Fall in the mornings and the evenings as of the last few days. The highs during the day have been in the mid 70’s and the lows at night in the 50’s. The drop in the air temperature has the water getting cooler every day and it’s put the trout in the Smokies in a good mood.

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Zack and Tim made their first trip to the Smokies a success.

We noticed #12 Slate Drakes (Isonychia’s) flying around today in small numbers and even the sporadic October Caddis. That is a for sure sign of fall fly fishing in the Smokies. We fished #16 yellow stimulators and #14 parachute adams and caught fish throughout the day. The water in the Little River spiked at close to 500 cfs a few days ago and is back down to 150 cfs or 1.75 ft. This is great for fishing dry flies, so if you are thinking of coming to the Smokies for a getaway then now would be a good time.

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Stay low and fish the pocket water and seems. Tim giving a perfect example.

The Holston and French Broad tailwaters have been running generators during the day and shutting off at night and if you know where to look and stay ahead of the generation there are options to choose from. The Clinch has been off all day in continuance of the weir dam construction and running water all night. This can make the fish very finicky because of the low clear water with no pulses in between.

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Early fall fishing is some of the best of the year.

Popping bugs are still bringing fish to the surface and on several occasions some chunky fish at that. There have been days when the topwater action will slow down for a little bit and taking flies to the fish did the trick. Hopping crawdads along the bottom is easy and can take up the slack during a slow period. The fish are gorging in between high generation and taking advantage of low water. We are still getting enough low water during the day to get a full day of fishing in. I hope you get the chance to visit our area while the weather and fishing are exceptional. If you want to spend a day on the water then give us a call and we will make it happen CONTACT US. Take care and have a blessed day.

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Mountains are getting cold.

We are starting to see more and more cold days in the forecast and the water temps in the Smokies are starting to drop into the low 40’s. The browns are finishing up their spawn and the days are getting shorter which means we are having to start earlier in the morning for a full day on the water. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean the fishing is bad though. Nymphs will catch fish in the mornings and Blue Winged Olives will start to hatch around 11am or so, which means dry flies throughout the rest of the day. Also keep an eye out for bigger fish rising, we have been seeing several on each trip here and there.

Pheasantails and stonefly nymphs in sizes 18 to 12 will get you by until the bugs start hatching. For dries we have been using parachute bwo’s and adams from an 18 to a 14, no surprise there and the occasional october caddis in a 16 or 14. It has been an interesting fall so far and watching the browns spawn is really cool to see. Where these fish hide throughout the year at low water is unbelievable. They aren’t out for very long, but long enough to see them do their thing.

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Don’t forget about the tailwaters this time of year either. There are still opportunities there for some good fishing whether you like fishing nymphs or big ugly streamers. TVA has been giving the rivers a break from generation here and there which allows more time to float and wade fish. Keep in mind that the tailwaters stay a fairly consistent temperature throughout the year even in the winter.

As the season winds down and the trips get more spaced out, we get some time on the water to jerk some jaws and play around a bit, try some new flies and scout out more spots.  The smallmouth fishing has slowed down a lot and as it gets colder they will get into their wintering holes and wait for spring. This will give us plenty of time to stock back up on streamers and poppers for next season. In the mean time we will be in the park and tailwaters chasing trout, which like the cold water. I hope that the cold weather doesn’t stop you from getting out and getting in some fishing. Take care and hope to see you on the water.

 

 

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