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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When it comes to Fall in East TN there’s a lot going on outdoors between the fish getting into their Fall routine, tailgating and sitting in a deer stand. All are great, but the hardest thing is picking your poison. If you are planning on visiting the area or you’re a local there are plenty of things to get into especially when it comes to fly fishing.
As of lately TVA has been running water on the Holston and French Broad rivers with windows of 0 generators long enough to get in a full day of fishing. On the other hand, the Clinch River hasn’t been running water at all from 7am to 6pm. This makes the fish spooky and stealthy tactics are needed. If you are thinking of fishing the smokies, well you are in luck. The streams in the smokies have been fishing great as of late with big bugs landing on the water and large browns feeding more getting ready for the spawn.
Amy is 5 months pregnant and decided she wanted to learn to fly fish.
Fishing the riffles and pocket water is always productive, but doing it in the Fall may just get you a shot at a fish of a lifetime. The browns have been moving around a lot the past couple of weeks and as they look for a partner and a good place to spawn they will need to stock up on food.
You may find yourself wanting to fish the the smaller mountain streams but can’t as the night before the mountains got a bunch of rain and the streams are too high. Showers lasting all day can happen here in the Fall which will raise the water levels, but depending on the severity of the rain the streams will empty out shortly after and the fishing will resume in a day or two.
Smallmouth fly fishing is great in the early Fall and isn’t as hard as one might think. This was Karlan and Donna’s first time targeting smallmouth.
As the air temps drop and the water starts to cool the smallmouth begin to feed heavily on baitfish and crawdads so they can bulk up for the cold months to come, which is happening now. This is great news for us because the fish are looking for anything that looks close to the real thing with zero hesitation. Now, while the fish are focusing their attention near the bottom they’re still willing to take a popper off of the surface. The reason this works is because our rivers just aren’t that deep for the most part and the fish won’t pass up an easy meal that falls in the water in front of them.
It’s a great time to be in East TN and we hope you get the chance to see some of the action first hand. If you are interested in trying fly fishing for the first time or you are a veteran and just want to get away for the day we would be glad to have you. We also provide all the gear that is needed for each trip so you don’t have to worry about it, CONTACT US. Take care and have a great day.
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