Keeping the boat wet

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.

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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.

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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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It’s like Spring in July

The weather has done a complete 180 in the past week and we are loving it. The air temps have been in the low 80’s for the high’s and TVA has shut the water off on the rivers for most of the day. Who could have seen this coming and so close to August? The smallmouth fishing continues to be great with a steady/aggressive bite on topwater and streamers.

I spent 2 days last week with Glenn and Mike fishing for smallmouth and the action was good both days. The fish were hitting topwater pretty good, but it didn’t last all day. The low flows had the fish a little spooky during the latter  part of the day but baitfish streamers and craw patterns made up the difference.

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The scenery was the icing on the cake.



TVA has decided to cut the water off on the Holston River and with it being low and having good visibility it will be great for sight fishing. With the water being low and the weather starting to stabilize we can depend on the topwater action to continue as well. How long will it last, we don’t know but we are going to ride it out as long as possible.



Bryan might just become a smallie junkie after seeing an 8 wt bend like a horseshoe.

Mike and Mona were coming into town and wanted to get a little fishing in while they were here. The plan was to do some fishing in the Smokies for trout but with the Holston fishing as good as it has been I recommended a smallmouth float. This was their first time being in a drift boat fishing for smallies and after a little tweaking they were getting the hang of it.

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Did I mention the one Mona caught, daaaaang!

Way to go Mona on a great fish. Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time. The conditions are great and the fishing should only get better as long as the weather continues to be stable. It’s looking like August is going to be a good month to be on the water and if you are going to be visiting the area and want to get out please feel free to give us a call CONTACT US. Take care and have a blessed day.


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It is finally feeling like Summer

We are starting to see more stable weather here in East TN and that means better flows for the rivers. TVA has started to shut off the rivers long enough for us to get a full day in just about everyday. With it being Summer and the air temp being in the mid 80’s and low 90’s there is a good chance to see a pop up shower here and there, so it’s always a good idea to bring the rain jacket.

With the warm weather and good flows the fishing has been great and the fish are very active. I had the opportunity to take out Gary and Dale for their first smallmouth float the other day and we had a great time. They got the hang of things pretty quickly.

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By looking at their faces I think they like smallies on the fly. These guys were awesome.

We have also started offering overnight smallmouth float trips this season and we just finished up our first one yesterday. Dick came down from VA and wanted to try an overnight trip while chasing his favorite fish. We have several places to do an overnight trip but the Holston had a good release schedule so that’s where we headed. The trip  was off to a good start when Dick hooked up with a nice fish.



A 21 inch citation

Catching a fish like this is great and makes for awesome memories, but is a rarity and doesn’t happen everyday. Heading down river and picking up fish here and there, Dick hooks up with another good that we didn’t see for a while.



Another 21 in the boat.

The fact that Dick caught 1 citation was awesome, but 2 in one day was just phenomenal. After a full day on the water and baked from the sun we were ready to be back to camp, get some food in our bellies and get some sleep in preparation for the next day.

After getting some coffee and a big breakfast we were at it again and to my surprise Dick stuck another big fish and lost it. After being a little disappointed about losing a nice fish we kept our focus and shortly after were blessed with yet another pig.



This guy measured at 21.5

I was speechless and yet you could have heard us from a mile away. The fishing is great and the fish are feeding on a number of flies. We have noticed minnows getting chased on the banks, crawdads hiding in smallies throats and a good topwater bite through parts of the day which means the spawn should be completely over and the fish are bulking back up. You can choose from a great selection of smallmouth flies for the area from the guys at Little River Outfitters, they can set you up.



We have several connections on the rivers in our area to do these trips and have private access for a day of solitude.


If you think that an overnighter sounds like your cup of tea or simply just want to get out for a day on the water and learn more about smallmouth give us a call or email us and we would love to set you up with a trip and show you a good time. Thanks for checking in and have a blessed day.

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