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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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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Hot and Cold

The weather has been a little out of the ordinary as of the past couple of weeks here in East TN and that’s an understatement. One day you’ll have temps in the mid 60’s or even 70’s and the next you need to layer up with winter wear and occasionally get in the car and warm up your feet. What does this do to the fishing though?  Well, going by the past couple of years we typically have a bit of high water this time of year which can make it tough to get flies to the fish. As of lately though the streams in the Smokies are low and slow so it’s not hard to get your nymphs to bump the bottom and get in front of fish.

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This technique worked well for Mark on the Little River with some slab rainbows and even a bonus brown.

The trick with nymph fishing in colder conditions is how much split shot to use in the situation you’re in. If you’re not using enough then the flies aren’t getting in the fish’s vision, but too much and you’ll stay hung up on the bottom which can get costly to your fly budget. So how much weight to use depends on the water temps and how aggressive the fish are that day. Experimenting with flies and weight early on can make all the difference in your day.

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Even though this fish wasn’t big, the moment when this father and son got their first Smoky Mountain trout on a fly was.

We had a fun weekend with a group of dads and their sons from Middle TN fishing in the Smokies. All the kids learned the techniques needed, caught fish and had a great time and more important there was good quality time spent with families. They all did a great job and on a day that was not so easy.



Karen’s first trout in the GSMNP and one she won’t soon forget.

Karen has been through a lot in the last several years and hasn’t been able to fish as much as she would like too. She’s the type of person that appreciates every moment and never looks back. All she wanted was to spend the day in a pretty place and Lord willing catch a few fish, so what better place than the Smokies to do all this in. She caught more than a few and got some great photos to take back home. We both had a great day and look forward to doing it again soon.

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Yesterday was a wet, nasty day with howling winds and even snow. Jules and I wanted to wet a line no matter what the weather was going to be like. We spotted this guy sitting in a riffle and after changing a few flies got him to eat. Truth be told I think the fish just wanted to be out of that cold water. It was a blessing to spend time with my buddy and catch a great fish. The good thing is that we are going to be getting some nice weather starting Saturday with highs back up in the 70’s. Fishing in November is still good and if you are thinking of coming this way we would be happy to show you around the mountains and/or tailwaters (CONTACT US). Take care and have a great day.

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