Spring TN smallmouth fly fishing

We haven’t even made it through April and what a start to the East Tennessee smallmouth season it has been. We have seen every type of weather that you can imagine from hot and sunny days to freezing temps with snow blowing in 30 mph winds and oh yeah, inches of rain in a single day…. and that’s all in the same week. Some rivers are running high and others are low but we have spent a lot of time on these rivers finding fish and feeding them what they are looking for. We also have drift boats and rafts to effectively fish these waters no matter the water levels.

  

Fishing has been good overall with the exception of major cold fronts with air temps dropping 40 degrees overnight and even then we’re still catching fish.  However, those conditions definitely add challenges. The good news is the warming trends after these cold fronts bring the aggressive bite that those die hards chasing after pre spawn smallmouth are looking for. This is some of the best fishing of the year as bigger fish get aggressive before they spawn.

May is also a great time to target smallmouth as they are usually getting off the beds and looking to put on weight after losing so much during the spawn. This is when things start to get cranked up and the weather can be really nice. May is getting close to being booked up but there are a few spots open if you are still looking to get out on the water and get a tight line. This is not a time you want to miss out on around the Maryville, Knoxville and Smoky Mountains area.

Our best time of year is late spring and through the entire summer. This is the time when TVA stops generating so much water making it easier to plan floats way in advance and smallmouth start settlling down and aren’t moving around so much, making for stable fishing conditions and reliable patterns. Give us a call or email for all your Tennessee Smallmouth needs and we’ll get you on them rain or shine. Also check us out on instagram and facebook for more info. Have a blessed day and stay safe.

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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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Dog days are here

August has been fairly cool for the most part and the weather has been nice but then again we’re just at the start of it. We’ve had some rain here and there which has been good for the rivers in the Smoky Mountain National Park and other freestone rivers in the area. Most of the tailwaters like the Holston, Clinch and French Broad rivers aren’t affected much by rain except for the color and maybe a little extra water. There are several big feeder streams on each river that can add some stain to the water and a little bit can be good. That has been the case as of lately with the occasional afternoon shower, but the off color can only help.

As for the fishing side of things the smallmouth bite is still going on strong and depending on the weather and generation schedule we’re still seeing good action with topwater. The subsurface action will always yield more fish but when there’s a chance to catch some on top not many want to pass it up. Some days the fish can get picky and we’ve had to change flies and techniques but for the most part the fish are in the usual late summer groove, it is August after all.

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Love that summer time bronze.

Smallmouth fishing in the summer time is great but not the only thing around. We have several great trout fisheries that fish well through the warmer months. There’s still some bug activity (caddis, sulphurs, etc.) lagging behind which still has the fish looking up. During the heat of the day the fish are a little skittish and nymphs will be a better choice. The hard part is getting a decent generation schedule with low water but you take what you can get and make the best of it.

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Dry flies are hard to beat.

August is a great time to be in East TN and there are plenty of options for every angler to choose from. One great thing about this time of year with school back in session and warm weather is the lack of crowds on the rivers. If you are coming to the area or looking for something out of the ordinary then give us a call and we can arrange a trip for you to see what our area has to offer. Make sure to stop by Little River Outfitters for all of your fly fishing needs and check out their excellent warm water selection. Take care and have a great day.

 

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