Sunscreen and chiller killers

March has been pretty typical so far with drastic weather changes day in and day out. We’ve had temps near 70 and 2 days later, snow blowing sideways. We’ve seen this pattern over and over growing up here so we’re used to it. However, there is good news to report concerning the weather. The extended forecast is predicting that most of next week is going to be in the 60’s with lows in the 40’s.

Though the fish in the Smokies can be affected by the shifting weather patterns somewhat, the tailwater fish seem to keep on chugging along in full stride. That’s what is great about our part of the country. There are so many options to choose from giving us plan b, c and d.


Lee with some chunky boys from the Clinch on a warmer day, both streamers and nymphs.

Kyle had a different day for his first time with a fly rod, but the results were the same. His face got stuck like this and not because of the sub-freezing temps.

The fishing overall has been fantastic despite the weather and to top it off we are seeing plenty of bugs on the water. Midges are most plentiful and fish will always take one, however the sulfurs have been coming on stronger every day and on occasion fish have been rising to them. I’m hoping to see a lot more of this in the next few weeks with the increase of stable flows from TVA.

The Holston has had windows of minimum flows on the weekends which is a great sign for what’s around the corner. Days with fish heads coming up and sipping caddis off the surface aren’t far off, you definitely don’t want to miss that. In the mean time we’ll “settle” for some first class fishing on the Clinch. GIVE US A CALL to get out on the river. Have a blessed day.

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Clinch fishing Great

The past week we have been on the Clinch with clients and ourselves wade fishing and floating. The fishing has been good everywhere, with lots of caddis coming off. TVA has been periodically running water so the bottom is free of didymo which makes it easier to wade and brings out the bugs. Hugh Hartsell and I took some clients to the clinch earlier in the week and the water was a little high and off colored. The fish still seemed to respond to our flies just had to go up a size bigger. This was the first time that I met Hugh, it was a lot of fun and he is a great guide and an even better person, not to mention a great fly tyer. Here are a few pictures from the day.

I actually left the camera in the truck for the first part of the trip, so I didn’t get pictures of the fish that Walter (the man on the right) and his wife Honey caught.

The next night my buddy Harris and I went night fishing on the Clinch. The wind was strong and the air was pretty cold, but evidently the fish didn’t seem to mind.  When we got to the river we noticed fish rising to something and the fish moving around all over the place. We didn’t stay long because some clouds blew in and covered up the moon, but before they did we managed to catch one big bow.

Today Tyler and I floated for a few hours after church and had a lot of love from the trout. It was a beautiful day and the temperature outside was perfect, the Lord blessed us with a perfect day. There were a lot of caddis coming off in sizes 18 and 20 and lots of midges. The trout seemed to eat more of the midges but occasionally we would hear a loud splash from a fish coming out of the water for a caddis. Pheasanttails and midges worked pretty good and of course we had to throw streamers, the trip wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t chuck some meat at trout. All fish were caught on nymphs though and for the most part we caught fish the entire float. Tyler managed to get a grand slam too which is really cool because it doesn’t happen very often. Every fish we caught was colored up, especially Tyler’s brookie. Here are some shots from today.

Thanks for joining us in the fishing report and we hope that it will help you on the water. We would love to take you out for a day on the water so book your trip today.

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