Lots of color

The Clinch river has been fishing great with some really healthy fish to reward you for your efforts. TVA has been running some unusual flows during the week but not in a bad way. Fishing remains good regardless of the water being high or low but low water does require a bit of finesse at times. The only nuisance on high water has been the leaves that are picked up from the rising water and if that’s the only thing to worry about then we’re doing ok.

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Glenn, Chuck and I always have a great time together and even catch a fish or two.

The fish are beautiful, the scenery is beautiful and the weather has been unbelievably nice. It seems like we haven’t seen a fall like this in a while, but we’ll take all we can get. Fishing the Smokies and the tailwaters will hopefully remain steady as long as we don’t get any crazy weather, but you never can tell around here so hope for the best but prepare for the worst. November will usually bring rain and it’s right around the corner so make sure not to leave the rain gear at home.

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Rod and Bill are no longer beginners, great job guys.

We’re supposed to be getting some rain next week starting Monday which would be good for the streams in the Smokies and get them back to normal flow. If you’re in the Smoky Mountains or the surrounding Knoxville area and you would like to get out on the water then give us a call, we’d love to show you around. Also check out our Facebook page for other info. Take care and have a great day.

 

 

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Fall opportunities

It definitely feels like fall with mornings in the 40’s and the highs being around 70. There’s quite a bit of color on the trees and the fishing is fantastic, it’s the best time of year to be in East TN. We still have a bunch of options to choose from wether it be fishing in the smokies or one of our great trout rivers and the smallmouth bite is still great.

The tailwaters have been pretty spectacular as of lately with healthy/beatiful fish that show off a lot of gumption. The bite remains strong throughout the day with the chance for some exceptional fish along the way. The flows have varied from day to day but the fish don’t seem to mind and have no trouble settling right in. TVA has been running water for the majority of the day which allows us to float pretty much every sections of the river; how much water has determined where we’ve gone.

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Sandy and Fields were in the zone.

It’s been great to see some water in the small streams of the Smokies for a change and the fish have been enjoying it as well. There are several decent hatches going on like the October Caddis, Blue Winged Olive and some small stoneflies. The dry fly action is better in the day but nymphs are much better in the morning. There’s some beautiful colors on the trees as well without too many leaves in the water. It’s been just short of perfect here in East TN.

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Ken with some of the Smoky Mountain Gold.

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Thomas picking apart the pockets.

As for those who can’t quite let the smallmouth bite end for the season you’re in luck. We’re still getting a decent topwater bite some days with mostly subsurface activity due to the cool nights. The smallmouth are bulking up before the cold weather sets for good, which gives us one last good run at them. It’s hard to watch our smallmouth season start to slip away but it doesn’t stay down for long.

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Bruce with a brown slab.

If your coming to the Smokies or the surrounding Knoxville area then give us a call, we’d love to get you out on the water for some of the action. Thanks for checking in and hope to see you out there. Take care and have a blessed day.

 

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Dog days are here

August has been fairly cool for the most part and the weather has been nice but then again we’re just at the start of it. We’ve had some rain here and there which has been good for the rivers in the Smoky Mountain National Park and other freestone rivers in the area. Most of the tailwaters like the Holston, Clinch and French Broad rivers aren’t affected much by rain except for the color and maybe a little extra water. There are several big feeder streams on each river that can add some stain to the water and a little bit can be good. That has been the case as of lately with the occasional afternoon shower, but the off color can only help.

As for the fishing side of things the smallmouth bite is still going on strong and depending on the weather and generation schedule we’re still seeing good action with topwater. The subsurface action will always yield more fish but when there’s a chance to catch some on top not many want to pass it up. Some days the fish can get picky and we’ve had to change flies and techniques but for the most part the fish are in the usual late summer groove, it is August after all.

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Love that summer time bronze.

Smallmouth fishing in the summer time is great but not the only thing around. We have several great trout fisheries that fish well through the warmer months. There’s still some bug activity (caddis, sulphurs, etc.) lagging behind which still has the fish looking up. During the heat of the day the fish are a little skittish and nymphs will be a better choice. The hard part is getting a decent generation schedule with low water but you take what you can get and make the best of it.

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Dry flies are hard to beat.

August is a great time to be in East TN and there are plenty of options for every angler to choose from. One great thing about this time of year with school back in session and warm weather is the lack of crowds on the rivers. If you are coming to the area or looking for something out of the ordinary then give us a call and we can arrange a trip for you to see what our area has to offer. Make sure to stop by Little River Outfitters for all of your fly fishing needs and check out their excellent warm water selection. Take care and have a great day.

 

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