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April 12th Fishing Report

Created on 12 April 2016 in Category: News & Updates

2c51040a-159b-4953-a971-9885c0c1c1b0It's been about ten days since our last fishing report and with good reason. The wind. It feels like the wind has been blowing for about three weeks straight. It's blown enough where I have personally opted to stay in the shop and do important work rather than play hooky on the water. Rock Cox  was in the shop last Thursday and we were both joking about the wind. Despite the weather, Rocky said he had been on the water twenty days straight and the fishing had been solid. I had to concur. When I have managed to get out and about either on a guide trip or for myself, the fishing has been surprisingly good. 

Both the Clinch and the Holston have been good, slow, and great on any given day with some days being a bit of everything. These unsettled weather days have meant that fishing can be great at one point in the day and slow at other times, the action being subject to the whims of the ever changing barmetric pressure. We've yet to see any appreciable bugs on either of the tailwaters although a few sulphurs and caddis are being seen. If the rain holds off and these low water conditions prevail, it shouldn't be too long before we see some great dry fly action on both rivers. As it stands right now, bead head pheasant tails and a variety of zebra midges seem to be doing the job admirably. 

John was up on Norton Creek over the weekend volunteering his time for the very worthy cause of Casting for Recovery. It was, of course, very cold in the mountains over the weekend and John said the fishing was slow. While the Smokies are seeing a lot of action in terms of the spring bugs (light cahills, march browns, hendricksons, and blue wing olives), the cold temperatures dampened their activity. Despite the tough conditions, the ladies participating in the Catching for Recovery weekend had a fantastic time. I have a good idea why, John looked beat up and worn down yesterday morning. He and the other volunteers put a lot of time and effort into making sure the event was a success despite the weather. 

I've been getting a lot of inquiries either by email or phone concerning our warm water fisheries. Anglers are wondering if the small mouth bite had begun yet. The truth of the matter is I didn't really have a good answer for them. I did some poking around a couple of weeks ago and while the white bass bite was off the charts the small mouth were still few and far between. I think that has changed. I snuck out for a bit on Sunday with the intent of catching more white bass and skipjack shad. Both of these species are in the process of making their migratory runs up into the French Broad and Holston Rivers. For me this more than any other event marks the beginning of Spring. The wind on Sunday, mercifully, laid down and while it wasn't exactly warm it wasn't too cold either. While I managed quite a few skipjack over the course of the day, the real surprise was the quality of small mouth I put in the boat. I caught several nice and fat pre-spawn fish holding in fast water lies looking for easy meals. Fat enough and nice enough that I'm going to have a hard time sitting int he shop the rest of the week getting all my busy work done!


Fly Fishing 101 April Classes

Created on 06 April 2016 in Category: News & Updates

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3 Rivers Angler, your local fly fishing resource, is offering "fly fishing 101″ lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging at absolutely no charge. Each classs teaches the basics of rigging, casting and other intro to fly fishing skills. All of the gear and instruction is provided free of charge. Space is limited so please make sure to sign up well in advance.

Call 3 Rivers Angler 865-200-5271 for more information or drop John an email at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


You should be at least 12 years old. Bring a fly rod and reel with line if you have one, (if not, one can be provided in the beginning.) We'll be covering "what to buy" during the first class session so it is something that we can work around if you do not have one to start. Bring a notebook and pen to take notes.

Course space is limited to 6 students. 

2016 Fly Fishing 101 April Schedule

Saturday April 23th 9:00 AM

Wednesday April 27th 5:00 PM

Satruday April 30th 9:00 AM

April 2nd Fishing Report

Created on 02 April 2016 in Category: News & Updates

23469817106 290ba47f0f zSpring arrived early in East Tennessee and the abundance of warm weather and low water has had anglers out in droves over the course of the last two weeks with a varied results. Mixed weather with persistent cold fronts has meant that the fishing has wavered between hot and not depending on the time of day or the body of water your fishing. 

The smokies got a healthy dose of rain overnight on Thursday and as a result the stream levels jumped up significantly on Friday cresting later in the day at just over 800 cfs on the Little River in Townsend. As of this morning levels on the Little River have recexded to a very manaegable 400 cfs and should continue to drop throughout the weekend. Provided the water temperatures don't drop below that magic mark of 50 degrees, fishing should be great in the Park this weekend. I'd look for the better fishing to occur in the afternoon after the sun has warmed the waters a bit with anglers having good luck on a variety of both dry and wet flies. 

Down in the Valley the tailwaters are on a fixed low water schedule while TVA fills the reservoirs for summer time activities. Both the Clinch and the Holston have been fishing well in between storm fronts with the Clinch probably providing a little bit more consistent action. We've been getting a few reports of sporadic (very) sulphurs on the Clinch but the hatch is still a ways off. Most of the action on the clinch has been on midges and beadhead pheasant tails in a variety of sizes. On the current low water regimen TVA is giving us, anglers will need to employ some significant technical midging skills in order to be successful so this means long leaders and light tippet. 

The story is largely similar on the Holston where we are seeing pods of fish porpoising on midges in the flat water sections of the river. Those of you who are used to catching fish on the Holston in the riffles and faster water may do better to try and forgo the moving water and seek out stretches of flat water were the better midging seems to be occurring. Like on the Clinch, long leaders and light tippet paired with small flies seem to be just what the doctor ordered.

If you are looking for some consistent streamer action look no further than the lower stretches of both the Holston and French Broad Rivers just above their confluence east of Knoxville. The white bass are out in force and there are reliable reports that the skipjack shad and bigger striped bass are beginning to show in numbers as well. If you are trying to get your kid hooked on fishing this is one of the greatest opportunities we have in the East Tennessee area.

Wherever you choose to fish this weekend, have a great and safe time!

2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour: March 26th, 2016

Created on 19 January 2016 in Category: News & Updates

F3T Poster 11 25 15 smallNow entering its tenth year, The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) has become the entertainment event of the year for America's diverse fishing community. The goal of F3T is to energize the community and inspire film makers to create new cutting edge films that both entertain and educate outdoor enthusiasts while supporting a great cause. This year's tour will be held at Relix Variety Theater on N Central St in Knoxville.

All proceeds will benefit Legacy Parks Foundation. The Legacy Parks Foundation works to ensure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come. Visit Legacy Parks for more information. 

Tickets are available now at 3 Rivers Angler for $12. They are also available for $15 through, F3T online, and at the door on the night of the event.

Saturday, Mar 26th, 7:00 PM, EDT

Relix Variety Theatre
1208 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 474-1017

Drew Still's Fly Fishing Class: March 1st - 10th

Created on 18 January 2016 in Category: News & Updates

drew stillDrew Still has a few seats remaining in his Fly Fishing Class beginning the first of March, details are as follows:


PRICE is $199/student

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5 sessions over 2 weeks
March 1 & 3
Tuesday / Thursday
March 8, 9, 10
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday

6:30 PM -- about 10PM
at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club

The instruction is a HANDS-ON class covering "Everything you NEED to know about fly fishing" – it is not everything there IS to know. I let the students know what is important and what is needed. It is a complete mind dump from me of all the aspects of fly fishing.

about 8 hours of classroom instruction plus
about 4 hours of HANDS-ON casting lessons

All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen – each night.
(I will supply all equipment)

PRICE is $199/student

Students will be:
Knowledgeable -- enough to feel comfortable in any fly shop – know what you are looking at...

Confident and Productive (ability to catch fish) to be able to read the stream / know where and what direction (upstream or downstream) and make the right presentation with the particular fly – to catch fish.

Have the right temperament to handle "problems" like snags / lost flies / falling in / and still enjoy themselves

Topics that we cover:


about 8 hours of classroom instruction

We start at the reel and cover what you NEED to know about setup / drag / backing / line / how to rig etc..

We move to the fly rods – covering the variety of weights / What to buy / what to avoid

We then cover lines – what you need to know about them and the different types

We then review leaders / tippets – many money saving tips here

We cover knots / loops / all hands-on

We then cover flies

We cover Safety

We discuss clothing / vests / walking sticks / gear in the vest / types of Waders... all aspects of gear

Where to go / streams in the area / laws or special regulations / trout and bass


About 4 HOURS HANDS - ON casting – each student will be able to cast proficiently

Class is held at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club -- in ANY weather because we cast on a Tennis court. We have a classroom section and then a casting lesson each night.

I can supply a student their fly rod if needed – no equipment is required. Most do bring their own rod / reel with them if they have one, of course. We discuss what to buy to make the students an informed buyer as part of the class. 3 Rivers Angler fly shop has a lifetime warranty fly rod for about $160, if you need a great rod at a great price. If you have a rod / reel let me know about it and bring it with you each night.

All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen – each night.
(I will supply all equipment)

SPECIAL NIGHT -- DVD – supplemental learning WEDNESDAY March 9th - we will watch an instructional DVD to cover "on the steam" activity. We watch this TEACHING DVD in 3 Rivers Angler fly shop because Allen and Jeremy are gracious enough to allow us to have the shop all to ourselves. The shop is closed to the public -- for our class only.

3 RiversAngler Fly shop

5113 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone: 865.200.5271

Toll-Free: 877.563.6424

PRICE is $199/student

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Drew Still

Fly Fishing Instructor

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