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Webp.net resizeimage 15Brett, Andrew, and I were able to sneak away to the mountains on Monday and Tuesday for a little camping and fishing trip. Last week was lights out in the GSMNP streams with warm temps, active fish, and bugs galore. Our outing this week was a bit colder but we were able to get some great fish to the net fishing a variety of techniques.


 

Dry fly action was substantially slower due to the cold weather but in the late afternoons we found plenty of fish looking up to small dries. I managed mine on a size #18 Parachute Adams trailed behind a larger Quill Gordon. Nymphing was where we found most of our success, dredging flies through deep pools that held structure along with pods of trout.  A two fly rig with split shot either tight-lined or fished about 5ft. under an indicator of your choosing is a good start and from there you may just need to switch out your patterns to find the bite. I caught a nice brown on a Pat’s Rubber Legs but smaller Pheasant Tail variations along with Caddis larvae were the ticket for most of the trip.

We never managed to hook up on any but we did find several larger Brown trout that were holding in tough areas eating nymphs close to the bottom. I was shocked to see such large fish out in plain sight this early in the Spring. Take your time and walk some banks far from the water’s edge and find high spots to scout from. If you take a couple hours of your day to just do some looking instead of blind casting you will be surprised at what you can find. It looks like the weather will be pretty warm and dry for the remainder of the week. If you need to get out and bend a rod, the GSMNP is the best place to go right now as the valley is still flooded out.  

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 865-200-5271 or come by the shop. 

Matt

Ian CharityJoin us on Thursday March 28th from 5 to 7:00 pm for the Superfly Happy Hour with Ian & Charity Rutter of R & R Fly Fishing. Happy Hour is a chance to learn, listen, and lie with your friends new and old. Tie flies, talk fishing and throw a few cold ones back. Every week we will have a special guest, we provide the beer and you can provide the lies and ask the questions. All tying materials are 20% off for the evening. Join us for a few hours of fun and friendship, everyone is welcome.

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Are you suffering from severe cabin fever like the rest of us? Have you tied hundreds of flies over the last few weeks to the point where your vice no longer offers solace from your fishless depression? We have a cure for your woes. Your relief comes in the form of small streams and hungry wild fish eating dry flies in the GSMNP. 

IMG 0129Join us on Thursday March 14th from 5 to 7:00 pm for the Superfly Happy Hour with Capt. John Smolko. Superfly Happy Hour is a chance to learn, listen, and lie with your friends new and old. Tie flies, talk fishing and throw a few cold ones back. Every week we will have a special guest, we provide the beer and you can provide the lies and ask the questions. All tying materials are 20% off for the evening. Join us for a few hours of fun and friendship, everyone is welcome.

8106269A 0A9C 4B9A 82D6 B077BA58E86FWe have had more than enough rain over the last few weeks here in East Tennessee. I saw an article on WBIR’s website that showed this February as Knoxville’s 8th wettest February on record. This has severely limited our fishing opportunities as of late. Our area reservoirs are beyond full, and most of them are either spilling or sluicing. We still have a long way to go before we start seeing consistent wadeable flows on our tailwaters. A few Sundays ago, we were able to make it out to the Clinch before they started spilling. We caught a handful of nice slot-sized rainbows before the water got too murky. Every fish I caught was between 14 and 17” and strong and healthy. We can only expect them to have that same fight once they stop spilling.