Here we are on Easter Sunday already, how the fishing season is flying by. We’ve been busy fishing up in the Smokies, on the Clinch and Holston Rivers and chasing those river smallies all over. The good news is that the fishing is great everywhere and there are some very healthy fish roaming around. The cherry on top is that the weather is fantastic with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s with low chances of precipitation. How could it get any better.
Smallmouth have been eating well over the last month or so bulking up on calories in preparation for the spawn and now the time has come for them to shine. These boys…..and girls look like fat footballs with linebacker shoulders and a bad attitude looking to hurt anything that comes by. We have been fishing a variety of streamers and crawdad patterns for the most part with the occasional popper when the moods strikes us but they aren’t very picky. TVA has also been giving us great schedules to work around on the tailwaters with minimum flows making it easy to plan trips. Along with the tailwaters we have the option to float the lowland freestone rivers as well which have also been fishing well. Some smallmouth are on the beds right now and others are not far behind so we’re covering a lot of water trying to target fish that aren’t on beds so we don’t bother their routine.
The tailwaters are fishing very well right now for trout as they should with good flows and plenty of bugs moving about. The Sulfurs on the clinch have been sparse but they will come off in numbers soon enough, until then midges and caddis are the main course . Midges and small nymphs have been producing well (surprise, surprise) on long leaders and long casts with a good drift. We’ve been seeing great caddis hatches just about every time we’ve been on the Holston and fish are getting heavy as a result. There are short windows of dry fly fishing during the day with explosive strikes on dries and plenty of action on nymphs when the hatches die off. The low flows and stable weather have been great for the upper Holston.
The fish in the Smokies are looking up as you would imagine they would in April with lots of bugs flying around all day. There are huge March browns, brown stoneflies, yellow sallies and even some early sulfurs and don’t forget about all the fun you can have fishing terrestrials. Water levels are perfect with some Spring showers here and there to keep the water where it needs to be so if you like fishing the mountains, now is the time to be there with your favorite rod and plenty of dries. If you don’t have your own gear than give us a call and we can supply you with everything.
We’ve been busy in March and April and that’s how we like it. There aren’t any days left in April and May only has a few days left open, but we do have a handful of professional guides that work with us that may be able to help out if needed. June, July and August are filling up for peak smallmouth season so if you interested in fishing with us then give us a shout and let us show you a good time on the water, especially if you want to chase one of the best fish in freshwater.
Fishing hasn’t been the only thing keeping us busy however. We have a new addition to our Family and his name is Luke. The Lord has blessed us so much and we’re very happy to be able to share it with everyone. Thank you for reading the fishing report and stay connected for more recent fishing reports. Have a blessed day.
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Spring has finally arrived with flowers blooming, bugs hatching and yes, fish rising to dry flies. The recent warming trend has warmed the water to the perfect temps for the Quill Gordons and Blue Quills to start hatching. The hatches don’t last for long periods of time and are focused towards the afternoon, but it’s still early and they’ve just now started which means it will only get better from here. If you haven’t fished this hatch then plan a trip to the Smoky Mountains to get in on the action. It’s definitely our favorite bug to fish because it’s a number 12 fly which make them easy to see and quality fish will rise to them (aggressively).
Nothing beats explosive strikes on Quill Gordons.
As for the Tailwaters well… they were high (14,000 cfs) for the last couple of weeks making them too dangerous to get out and fish, but are getting back to a fishable level. Before the high water hit us the fishing was pretty dang good and quality fish were showing up on a regular basis. The good news is that TVA’s predicted flows for the next fews days are showing a significant drop in cfs and should be fishable again by the end of the week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Lou isn’t afraid of a little rain even if it’s in the 30’s outside. He was rewarded for his efforts.
The whole family got to get out and fish for a few hours this past weekend. Even though there were no bugs hatching at the time the fish were very cooperative. Watching Danielle fight a fish at age 2 is pretty darn cool even though she didn’t want me to help.
She’s just growing up too fast.
We’re hoping the bad weather and cold fronts are out of here for good but this is East TN which means that anything is possible. This is some of the best fishing of the year and we’re excited to see what is in store. If you are coming to the area, give us a call so we can show you first hand. Don’t forget to stop by Little River Outfitters to talk with the boys there. Take care and have a great day.
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The Clinch river has been fishing great with some really healthy fish to reward you for your efforts. TVA has been running some unusual flows during the week but not in a bad way. Fishing remains good regardless of the water being high or low but low water does require a bit of finesse at times. The only nuisance on high water has been the leaves that are picked up from the rising water and if that’s the only thing to worry about then we’re doing ok.
Glenn, Chuck and I always have a great time together and even catch a fish or two.
The fish are beautiful, the scenery is beautiful and the weather has been unbelievably nice. It seems like we haven’t seen a fall like this in a while, but we’ll take all we can get. Fishing the Smokies and the tailwaters will hopefully remain steady as long as we don’t get any crazy weather, but you never can tell around here so hope for the best but prepare for the worst. November will usually bring rain and it’s right around the corner so make sure not to leave the rain gear at home.
Rod and Bill are no longer beginners, great job guys.
We’re supposed to be getting some rain next week starting Monday which would be good for the streams in the Smokies and get them back to normal flow. If you’re in the Smoky Mountains or the surrounding Knoxville area and you would like to get out on the water then give us a call, we’d love to show you around. Also check out our Facebook page for other info. Take care and have a great day.
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