News & Updates

This has been a good week for fishing. In short, we’re starting to enter the spawning time for brown trout. Fish are actively feeding, and they will soon be taking egg patterns. The Holston has been too hot for trout and will likely remain that way for a bit, but the smallmouth fishing has been pretty good on all the tailwaters.IMG 0622


It is super hot here in the Tennessee Valley. There have been a few low flow windows on the Clinch, like Tuesday morning where the water was off until 10 am. Fishing has been slow or hot depending on who you ask. Some of my more experienced friends are getting humbled, while some novices have gotten into their biggest fish ever. Be looking for to take advantage of these windows, and perhaps you’ll find your personal best while pressure is relatively low.Rainbow Trout

Flows have been a bit sporadic around East TN, but there have been some windows for those who are willing to act when an opportunity presents itself. The Clinch has been giving some wading windows in the morning, providing the possibility for some weekday/before work fishing. Since the generators are running at 6 to 7 in the morning, you should try to fish lower sections unless you’re looking to finish the morning early. Crystal midges and other small, bright midges have been producing. IMG 2521

The tailwaters are continuing to flow high as the TVA  releases water to lower Norris, Cherokee, and Douglas Reservoirs. The Holston has been running around the clock, but the Clinch will continue to run a Rec Schedule this weekend. Furthermore, the French Broad has been giving up some decent wading opportunities, particularly in the morning, for smallmouth and carp fishing around 7 Islands. Smallmouth

The past week has been the perfect picture of a typical August here in East TN. Hot, humid, and fairly dry. Despite the drier weather, the Clinch is running around the clock to get the reservoir levels down for winter. The Holston below Cherokee is finally offering some windows for good flows to fish for smallies, with tomorrow’s outflow predicted to be in the 4,000s. The French Broad below Douglas has also had favorable flows for wading around Seven Islands.

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