The topwater action continues to be great for smallmouth here in East TN. Who could have seen this kind of Summer coming? The days are in the mid 80’s and the fishing is as good as it gets. TVA has been giving us pretty steady generation schedules daily which has the fish in a good mood and looking to gorge on anything moving. Most days have started a little overcast which is ideal for fishing flies on the surface. We have usually started off with poppers and weaned off them later in the day, but as of lately we have just kept them on. I mean why switch when you’re catching fish. So pretty much everybody is happy.
This was Jonathan and Scott’s first time throwing flies at smallmouth and they handled it just fine. Jonathan had a couple of heartbreakers throughout the day, but that’s part of it sometimes and it’s what makes you want it more the next time.
With a couple of cancellations last week we decided to fish ourselves since the gear and boat were loaded and ready to go. It was nice to be able to get out and throw some topwater for a couple of days since I had some new flies I wanted to try anyways. It was definitely nice to be in the front of the boat for a change.
A topwater eating machine
Theresa, Mike and the rest of the family finally got to come down and do a 2 boat float trip after having to reschedule 3 times due to bad weather. As soon as we put the boats in the water Theresa wasted no time catching a fish. The bite wasn’t non-stop in the morning, but had definitely picked up in the afternoon. It was a great trip and we had a blast, thanks to Jeff for helping out and lending us his services for the day.
The feeling of relief after a long wait.
If you are coming into the area and want to fish, feel free to give us a call and we would be glad to get you on the water. Thanks for visiting our site and we are also on Facebook where you can view quick updates. Have a blessed day.
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With Tropical Storm Isaac swinging up from the Gulf we thought that the weather would have screwed things up a bit for the fishing. It actually didn’t get as bad we thought and the weather is pretty nice and the tailwaters are cutting back on the generation. The storm did leave the gulf coast torn up and lots of people without power, so continue to pray for those folks. August was a great month for fishing and September is looking to be the same. The topwater bite still continues to be good and finding shaded areas in the afternoons doesn’t hurt. Crawdad patterns are a good choice for subsurface flies if the fish are getting the tight-lipped disease on poppers. Also minnow patterns in the mornings can be a good way to start the day.
During the heat of the day the fish can get a little finicky and that calls for a more stealthy approach. Longer, thinner leaders and fishing flies slower can continue to draw strikes, but fishing the flies too slow will keep you hung up in the rocks. Finding that fine line can be tough but hang in there because it can pay off.
We also got to spend a few days in Pembroke, VA on the New River fishing for Smallmouth and Musky. We camped on the river and floated for 3 days. 10 minutes into the trip Chris yelled ” Musky” across the river. Keep in mind that he was fishing with a medium action rod and 8lb test line in a kayak. The fish finally had enough and we got it in the net.
Congratulations on the monster fish Chris.
We caught a ton of smallmouth in the 8 to 12 inch range with a few between 15 and 19 inches. On top of the great fishing, getting to run some big rapids was a lot of fun too.
We camped right on the river and got to wake up fish breaking on the surface.
Couldn’t have asked for better weather and really good flows. Since I was used to tailwaters and generation, having consistent flows was weird. Also the water temps were warmer than I imagined.
At one point, Will and Chris doubled up, but Will lost his fish while I was getting out the camera. We had a blast and I can see us making this an annual trip. If you are thinking of doing a trip on the New River, then go for it. It is a lot of fun and one of the prettiest places you will ever see. Check out Tangent Outfitters or New River Outdoor Co. Both of these guide services will show you a good time.
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We are having some really nice weather here in East TN and the random summer shower here and there has kept the water levels up in all of our rivers which also makes them a little off color. Yep, the conditions couldn’t be any better. The smallmouth are very aggressive and feeding on a plethora of things, mainly baitfish and crawdads with the occasional terrestrial falling off the bank.
Here were a couple of nice fish from a float trip the other day. Both Rufus and Mike are on the board of TU, but have a soft spot for smallies.
In the heat of the summer when the water is usually clear and warm the fish can be a little fickle. If you are experiencing a day like this then change up your strategy. The fish will come up to eat something off the surface, but unless you have what they want it’s best to take the flies to them. Smallmouth have a reputation for being explosive and for the most part that’s right, but during the muggy August days, fish the flies slower and get them to the bottom.
My buddy Tim and I ran into a day like this yesterday and had to switch up our tactics a little.
Fishing for smallies is great right now especially when the weather is in the mid to high 80’s, which is crazy for August. If you aren’t jazzed about fishing this time of year because of the heat, then give these dudes a chance, it might change your way of thinking.
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