Here we are on Easter Sunday already, how the fishing season is flying by. We’ve been busy fishing up in the Smokies, on the Clinch and Holston Rivers and chasing those river smallies all over. The good news is that the fishing is great everywhere and there are some very healthy fish roaming around. The cherry on top is that the weather is fantastic with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s with low chances of precipitation. How could it get any better.
Smallmouth have been eating well over the last month or so bulking up on calories in preparation for the spawn and now the time has come for them to shine. These boys…..and girls look like fat footballs with linebacker shoulders and a bad attitude looking to hurt anything that comes by. We have been fishing a variety of streamers and crawdad patterns for the most part with the occasional popper when the moods strikes us but they aren’t very picky. TVA has also been giving us great schedules to work around on the tailwaters with minimum flows making it easy to plan trips. Along with the tailwaters we have the option to float the lowland freestone rivers as well which have also been fishing well. Some smallmouth are on the beds right now and others are not far behind so we’re covering a lot of water trying to target fish that aren’t on beds so we don’t bother their routine.
The tailwaters are fishing very well right now for trout as they should with good flows and plenty of bugs moving about. The Sulfurs on the clinch have been sparse but they will come off in numbers soon enough, until then midges and caddis are the main course . Midges and small nymphs have been producing well (surprise, surprise) on long leaders and long casts with a good drift. We’ve been seeing great caddis hatches just about every time we’ve been on the Holston and fish are getting heavy as a result. There are short windows of dry fly fishing during the day with explosive strikes on dries and plenty of action on nymphs when the hatches die off. The low flows and stable weather have been great for the upper Holston.
The fish in the Smokies are looking up as you would imagine they would in April with lots of bugs flying around all day. There are huge March browns, brown stoneflies, yellow sallies and even some early sulfurs and don’t forget about all the fun you can have fishing terrestrials. Water levels are perfect with some Spring showers here and there to keep the water where it needs to be so if you like fishing the mountains, now is the time to be there with your favorite rod and plenty of dries. If you don’t have your own gear than give us a call and we can supply you with everything.
We’ve been busy in March and April and that’s how we like it. There aren’t any days left in April and May only has a few days left open, but we do have a handful of professional guides that work with us that may be able to help out if needed. June, July and August are filling up for peak smallmouth season so if you interested in fishing with us then give us a shout and let us show you a good time on the water, especially if you want to chase one of the best fish in freshwater.
Fishing hasn’t been the only thing keeping us busy however. We have a new addition to our Family and his name is Luke. The Lord has blessed us so much and we’re very happy to be able to share it with everyone. Thank you for reading the fishing report and stay connected for more recent fishing reports. Have a blessed day.
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Summers are pretty much awesome here in East TN. The smallmouth bite is on, the trout bite is on, and even though there’s always a chance for a pop up shower the weather it is generally pretty nice. We’ve actually seen some really nice weather in the 70’s the past week and we’re enjoying the heck out of it. I know it won’t last long but it gives us a slight taste of our favorite time of year: FALL!!!
The Lord has blessed us with a great season so far and we’ve been able to witness folks catch some really nice fish. The smallmouth bite is still going strong on both surface and subsurface flies and the fish are healthy and full of fight. For most warm water fishermen and smallmouth areas, August can be a tough month to fish because of the heat and sluggish fish, that’s not the case for East TN.
Todd flat out put it on them, after he put on the right shirt of course.
The Liske men were double trouble.
Andy and Butch enjoying the morning.
September is almost here which can bring some great opportunities for those brown fish. I’m hoping this topwater bite will carry on into October but you never know what can happen around here, especially when we’ve already seen days in the 70’s in August. Even if the fish aren’t looking for surface offerings there’s plenty of food below the surface to choose from.
Fall is coming up and that means leaves changing, cooler weather and colored up brown and brookies. You don’t want to miss that time of year, especially since it only lasts for a short while. If you’re looking for a place to get away, think about the Townsend area in the Smokies home of Little River Outfitters. You can’t go wrong in Townsend which is right outside the Smoky Mountain National Park. If you would like to get in a day or 2 of fishing then give us a call, we’d love to show you around.