Trout fishing still good, despite low water

The fishing on the tailwaters has been great and the fish are healthy along with plenty of bug activity which still gets us a decent dry fly bite some days. We could use a little generation on the Holston to clear out some of the grass and cool the water off a bit but we’re not complaining, heck it could be high water and then we couldn’t fish it at all. The Clinch stays cold through the summer making it a better choice than the Holston once it gets too warm, but both have been good lately. The fish are strong, have a lot of color and will give you a run for your money.

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Jay and Rana were in complete rhythm

The fishing has been good lately in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The only problem might be low water and it hasn’t affected them too bad. The fish are still taking dry flies just fine and there are still some sulphurs and yellow sallies flying around, but the terrestrial bite has been really good. Hiking back to the higher elevations has helped out with finding willing fish as it usually does this time of year due to warm weather. You still want to stay low and wear dull/nature colors to blend in. Be careful though because the snakes are out and about and the bears have been active.

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Kevin and Ken could boulder hop with the best of them.

June can be a lot of fun here in East TN with plenty of options to choose from, whether it’s trout or smallmouth bass. Both are a lot of fun and we have plenty of them around with plenty of rivers to fish. Give us a call if you’re going to be in the area and want to get away from the crowds for a bit and see a side of East TN that most don’t get to see. Take care and have a great day.

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Not your average park day.

The park was on fire today with bugs everywhere and fish were eating them all day. The fish were only eating the adults too so don’t miss out on some of this fishing. I saw a lot of BWO’s and Quill Gordons coming off and tried to grab a fly to get a shot of it but the fish wouldn’t let me. I did manage to catch one on the water and noticed the Gordons are getting smaller in a size 12 or 14 so be careful how big your bug is.

The average fish today was between 12 and 14 inches which is unusual for the park, but I’m not complaining. I wanted to cover some water today and see how the hatches were in other parts of the river, but I noticed a fish off to the side just barely sticking his nose out for a bug and started watching him. He finally came up to the surface and I saw Smoky Mountain gold, and a lot of it. I would say he was around 20 inches, it was crazy to see a fish that big eating dries. After seeing this I had to throw at him. I actually got him to take the fly 3 times and missed all 3 times. I don’t stay collected when there are big fish like that around. It was an awesome day none the less and the Lord definitely blessed me. The Smallmouth fishing should be getting good as soon as we get some warm weather. We are starting to book up for Smallmouth trips so give us a call if you want to to book a trip. Oh and if  TVA shuts off the water on the Holston we will be fishing the insane caddis hatch. Ah yes its that time again. Check out these Gold bricks from today. Oh and one rainbow brick.

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Patience pays off

Tyler and I went to the park today to hunt down some big fish on the little river and possibly catch one. After lots of patients and stalking it paid off .

Mission accomplished, Tyler with a  27 inch Brown. Fish of a lifetime, and it’s not the only one we saw. Later guys.

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