A little taste of the good stuff

After several months of hot, I mean hot weather here in East Tennessee we have finally gotten a break from the heat. Though it’s wet and cool it feels good and we’ll take all we can get because the fish are loving it. The future forecast predicts that we have some rain coming again in the next couple of days but it looks like fall is here to stay. We’ve been slacking on our fishing reports, but we’ve been blessed with a busy season and just haven’t had much time to keep up with them, so we figure we’d role them all into one big report.

The smallmouth fishing has been great and the fish are showing their typical fall behavior. The fish are bulking up and trying to put on weight for the upcoming cold weather, but then again when is a smallmouth not trying to eat as much as possible. A plethora of flies are working but we’ve had to switch things around from time to time to hit the right note. Subsurface flies will almost always produce but there have been days when fishing poppers has been flat out great.

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Rain or shine these folks came to play.

Fishing has been good for trout on the tailwaters. The Clinch has been fishing pretty good, given the right generation schedules, and the trout are healthy and just as excited about fall as we are. Small flies and fine tippet are the name of the game until the water comes on when streamer fishing can produce some hangry fish. If you’re willing to work around finicky conditions then it could work in your favor for some exceptional fishing.

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The rivers are almost as colored up as the rainbows.

The Smokies are fishing well with the coming of cool weather which has helped with the water temps, especially since the water has been really low. There have been quite a few slate drakes flying around and parachute adams will get to rise. There have also been some early October caddis here and there but not enough to get fish excited about them. Stimulators will imitate a lot of different bugs and the october caddis is right there with them. It’s also a great dry for your dropper.

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The Smokies Grand Slam.

Needless to say we’re fired up for fall and hoping for a long drawn out one at that. With bugs hatching, fish rising and leaves changing does it get any better? If your looking for a great spot for your fall vacation then look no further than the Smoky Mountain National Park. While you’re in town give us a call and let us show you a day on the water so you can see some of the fine qualities of our great state. Take care and have a great day.

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A break in the weather

Summers are pretty much awesome here in East TN. The smallmouth bite is on, the trout bite is on, and even though there’s always a chance for a pop up shower the weather it is generally pretty nice. We’ve actually seen some really nice weather in the 70’s the past week and we’re enjoying the heck out of it. I know it won’t last long but it gives us a slight taste of our favorite time of year: FALL!!!

The Lord has blessed us with a great season so far and we’ve been able to witness folks catch some really nice fish. The smallmouth bite is still going strong on both surface and subsurface flies and the fish are healthy and full of fight. For most warm water fishermen and smallmouth areas, August can be a tough month to fish because of the heat and sluggish fish, that’s not the case for East TN.

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Todd flat out put it on them, after he put on the right shirt of course.

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The Liske men were double trouble.

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Andy and Butch enjoying the morning.

September is almost here which can bring some great opportunities for those brown fish. I’m hoping this topwater bite will carry on into October but you never know what can happen around here, especially when we’ve already seen days in the 70’s in August. Even if the fish aren’t looking for surface offerings there’s plenty of food below the surface to choose from.

Fall is coming up and that means leaves changing, cooler weather and colored up brown and brookies. You don’t want to miss that time of year, especially since it only lasts for a short while. If you’re looking for a place to get away, think about the Townsend area in the Smokies home of Little River Outfitters. You can’t go wrong in Townsend which is right outside the Smoky Mountain National Park. If you would like to get in a day or 2 of fishing then give us a call, we’d love to show you around.

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Blazing!

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.

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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.

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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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