Stay in the shade

We thought we had gone through Summer without seeing the normal hot muggy days. Well, we were wrong, the past few days have been a reminder that it’s September. The good thing is that it shouldn’t last long since we’re almost half way through and October will be here before you know it with cool nights and mornings, not to mention the great hatches in the Smokies.

September is always a hot month and it’s normal to see fish get spooky and feed less than normal due to the warm, low water. This has not been the case the past week. The fish will definitely be in the shade or some sort of cover but because the water is cool and the flows are a little on the high side the fishing has continued to be fantastic.



Between fish going nuts for poppers and the Vols with a huge win, Dennis was having a good day.

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Jules is another victim of a smallie addiction. 2 fish at 18″ on his first trip.

Minnow patterns have been working well in the early part of the day, but once the sun is out is has been all topwater for the rest of the day. The topwater bite should last well into October as long as we don’t see any extreme weather hit us out of nowhere.

The Smokies have fished a little different from the bigger rivers. The fish are feeding well and will be in the shade, but they can be very skittish at times due to low, clear water. Putting on a thin leader and smaller flies can help with that and wearing natural colors doesn’t hurt.

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A couple of fish that took a terrestrial from a shady riffle.

Try an adams or a yellow stimulator in the morning as the fish won’t be spooky and ants, beetles and inch worms underneath trees for a “sip”. Before you know it you’ll need a light jacket in the morning and the water will have Isonychia’s and October Caddis hopping around. There is something to be said about getting to the river in the Fall and watching fish rise as the leaves are changing while sipping a cup of coffee. Take care and have a great day.

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Glad to have them both back

Holston River

With the low flows on the Holston River below Cherokee the water has become very clear. Usually in August when we have these conditions the water is also warm and the fish can be very spooky. The water temps are in the mid to high 60’s which keep the topwater bite going on strong. The clear cool water has the fish comfortable and eager to rise to poppers and terrestrial flies. Sight fishing has also been a thrill while on the river because some of the bigger fish have been hanging in the shallows to ambush baitfish or just something falling off the bank. The best part has been the air temps in the mid 80’s the last week and it’s been very comfortable to fish all day long.

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A few nice fish from the past week.

French Broad

The French Broad has been running high pretty much all season for the exception of a day or two here and there with the water cut off. As of lately TVA has been turning off the generators more and more and we have been able to get out and fish it. The water is clear and is at a good temperature. The fish have been aggressive on baitfish, crawdads and some topwater action. The good thing about the high water is that the fish have some shoulders on them from fighting the current for so long. Last wednesday I had the opportunity to take John on his first time fly fishing for smallmouth. The trip started and ended just how we like it, catching fish. I look forward to getting back on the French Broad real soon.

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John with some nice smallies and a bonus Channel Kitty.

This has not been a normal year at all but believe me, mid 80’s and plenty of topwater action, we’ll take it. If you can get away and do some fishing then head this way, we would love to get you on the water (CONTACT US). Have a great day and hope to see you on the water.

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Everybody’s happy

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.

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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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