One thing the fishing and the weather have in common is they’re both hot. Some days we’ve seen the air temps in the mid 90’s with the signature high humidity that we’re so accustomed to here in East TN. These weather patterns aren’t normal for June and the spike in temps have brought afternoon thunderstorms some days with small showers to cool things off. We’ve been making sure to stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks when necessary.
On the plus side, the fishing has been fantastic; the water is staying cool from nightly generation and the fish are healthy and have quite a mean streak. Most smallmouth rivers are free flowing and can rise with rain, heat up quick with warm weather and get low with droughts. Several of our rivers are tailwaters which tend to stay cooler during the summer with regular water releases (pulses) during the day keeping water levels/temps more stable with the abnormal conditions.
Forrest came down from Chicago to find a citation and with hard work, he found it.
We’ve been seeing a decent topwater bite somedays with the occasional nice fish taking poppers, but it’s not been fast and furious. Everybody’s favorite way to catch smallmouth on a fly is definitely with topwater but it’s not always the most productive way. Fishing subsurface flies will always produce more fish and usually better fish due to the lack of energy a fish has to use to get to the fly. Fishing crawdads and baitfish can be very effective especially during the summer months and can keep the lines tight during those hot/sticky days.
Errol’s first time fly fishing for smallmouth and he knocked it out of the park.
The weather for June has been abnormally hot but despite the fact the fishing has been great. The summer bite is on and when you’re focused on working a popping bug or streamer, you don’t even notice the heat. Hopefully we’ll see some cooler weather here soon and maybe even a little rain along with it. If you’re interested in trying something different or just want to get out and chase your favorite fish give us a call and we’ll get a trip set up for you. Also check us out on Facebook for short updates and conditions. Take care and have a great day.
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April is finally here which means great weather, stable water flows and probably the best month for fly fishing in the Smokies and our local tailwaters. Trout are turning cartwheels over bugs like Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Early Brown Stones in the Smokies along with caddis and midges getting slurped off the surface on the big rivers. The Holston River has had pretty regular flows for the last week which will give the fish and bugs a chance to get into a pattern.
Dave’s first float and he handled it well.
Everything seems to be getting a late start this year due to some late cold fronts that worked there way through the area. The threat of another cold front is nowhere in site with sunny days in the 70’s and very little chances of rain, well we’ll see about that. The dry fly fishing has been so good there’s almost no need to throw a nymph, almost. The mornings are going to be slower for dries due to a lack of bugs but nymphs will still produce. Patience will pay off when things start heating up around lunch time so keep your eyes open for those big wings sticking up on the water.
With fish going crazy for dries the smiles are from ear to ear.
The water in the Smokies has gotten down to an almost perfect level of 300 cfs, but it’s clear so stay low and wear something to blend into the background. Parachute adams are probably going to be your best bet for fly selection (it’s hard to beat) but you might want to keep some tan elk hair caddis, pheasant tails, hares ears and some prince nymphs on hand. Make sure to keep plenty of floatant with you, those fish like them riding high.
There’s good new for the warm water fishermen who are itching for the season to start, it’s not far off. I got to get out for a run at those smallies for the first time since the water came down and warmed up. I wouldn’t say it’s ready just yet but it is REAL close.
Felt good to hold one again.
The tails of some of the fish were roughed up which means some spawning action has started taking place but most I found were in somewhat deep water and weren’t very aggressive. The water temp hasn’t been ideal but warm enough to get them moving around for some decent pre-spawn action. It shouldn’t be too much longer until everything gets cranked up and we’re seeing that topwater bite we’ve all been patiently waiting for. There’s a lot of options to choose from right now and if you’re looking to get out on the water GIVE US A CALL and we’ll be glad to show you a good time. Take care and have a great day.
Well so much for our mild summer as it’s been in the 90’s and humid as all get out which is pretty dang normal for August/September in East TN. I guess we had a good run for a while and we can’t complain about that. The weather channel predicts that the 5 day forecast looks good with most days in the mid 80’s but again a 5 day forecast is about useless around here. The occasional afternoon shower can still pop up but only to cool things off a bit and keep the water levels consistent.
Bryan enjoying the best seat in the house right before getting dumped on.
I got to fish with Bryan and Manny last year for the first time and they both work hard at their jobs with very little time to fish. They decided they were ready for round 2 so we hit the water. The fish were a little finicky at first but after a couple of tweaks with flies and techniques the rods stayed bent. Sometimes the fish aren’t always following the manual and you gotta switch things up a bit.
These guys are as easy going as can be and will pound the banks until the take out, rain or shine.
For those wondering how the heat affects the fishing, don’t worry it won’t be affected very much at all. If you want to get some topwater action though than you better be on the water early when the fish are more active. The smallies have been giving the baitfish a run for their money making subsurface flies a better choice especially in the afternoon when they aren’t looking up.
Steve and his buddy Jimbo had never targeted smallmouth on the fly and wanted to try their hand at it. We caught several fish on topwater in the morning but it was mostly streamers for the majority of the day which Steve and Jimbo didn’t seem to mind throwing. When I get asked what I like to fish with the most I reply, whatever catches fish. I love a good topwater bite but the fish are the boss and we’re on their schedule.
Steve and Jimbo didn’t care what they caught em on.
We’ve still got a good chunk of the season ahead of us and Lord willing we’ll have good flows for a while. Although looking at todays schedule was a let down since everything was blown out and can be for a little while, but there’s almost always somewhere to fish. CONTACT us if you would like to get out and fish or else we’ll have to go ourselves, spending less time with our wives and more time in the dog house. Also check out our FACEBOOK page for quick updates about fishing conditions. Take care and have a blessed day.
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