Despite the cold snap East Tennessee has experienced over the last couple days, the weekend weather is looking up. Saturday will be sunny with a high of 57. Sunday is going to be even warmer with the mercury topping out at 64 degrees. However, the morning temperatures will remain chilly with lows in the 30s.
Unfortunately, TVA is opening the floodgates on both the Clinch and Holston Rivers this weekend. They are both pushing 2 generators all day long tomorrow and the predicted flows don’t look much better for Sunday. Although the outlook isn’t great for this weekend, the tailwaters have been loaded with midges the past couple weeks. As soon as the water warms up in the afternoons, the midge activity has exploded. Last weekend on the Clinch we experienced consistent dry fly fishing all afternoon. Check out the video to see some early Spring dry fly action on the Clinch.
Making the drive up to upper East Tennessee could be an option. The South Holston and Watauga have posted favorable flows for anglers this weekend. Those rivers have produced well this winter and will likely get even better as we transition into consistent spring weather patterns.
The quality of fishing in the mountains has coincided with the up and down weather patterns we’ve been seeing recently. These cold mornings generally make for some slow fishing. The water levels in the park are excellent. They most recent report shows Little River flowing at 267 cfs. Don’t expect the fishing to really pick up until the water warms up a bit and the bugs start getting active. The better hatches of Quill Gordon and Blue Quill mayflies have come on the days with warmer afternoon temperatures. A dry dropper setup would be ideal when those water temperatures do climb into the 50s this weekend. Try a size #16 Elk hair caddis for a dry, and a size #16 bead head hare’s ear for your nymph.
With the local tailwaters restricting wading access this weekend, the mountains might be your best fly fishing option. Regardless of what you do this weekend, be safe and enjoy your day on the water!
2017 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL MEETING
APRIL 21-23, 2017
“The mountains are calling….the trout are rising….Come home to Tennessee!”
There are no words that can say more than the phrase above, it is a message that has resonated for generations to residents and visitors alike that visit the Great Smoky Mountains. Now it is your time to come home to Gatlinburg, TN on April 21-23, 2017. We are excited to invite everyone not just from Tennessee but from the entire southeast Trout Unlimited family and beyond to join us as we gather at the Glenstone Lodge. The Lodge is located less than a ¼ mile from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park at 505 Historic Nature Trail Gatlinburg. TN.
Whether the calendar indicates it or not Spring has arrived in East Tennessee. The forecast is threatening a high of 80 degrees today and that suits me just fine. While temperatures are supposed to drop overnight and into the weekend, the long range forecast is still calling for unseasonal temperatures to remain. Since we haven't had much of a winter to speak of most reservoirs temperatures are way above average for February. Fort Loudon is already in the upper 50's with some of the back coves pushing 60. That means that the white bass will be running before you know it.
As of now TVA is forecasting that Cherokee Dam will be at a minimum flow all day today and tomorrow. With the temps in the upper 70s today the water temps on the river should really spike and we should see some serious bug activity on the Tailwater over the weekend. While the bugs in question are still predominantly midges, if the trend continues I'd expect we will see the caddis hatch begin well before April.
Likewise, it looks like there will be some low water opportunities over the weekend on the Clinch. TVA is forecasting an average outflow of 1500 cfs. While it's impossible to say what that will mean in terms of generation there is a better than average chance there will be some minimum flows thrown into the mix tomorrow. Small pheasant tails on the upper portion of the tailwater have been producing well for most anglers and there are already reports of some sporadic sulfur activity.
The mountains are also ahead of schedule. Many anglers are reporting hatches of both Quill Gordons and Blue Quills with a few caddis thrown into the mix. There's no reason to get up too early to head to the Park as the fishing is definitely better in the latter part of the day once the water has had a chance to warm up a tad. Remember, no matter where you decide to go, be safe and have a great day on the water!
Now entering its eleventh 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 Tennessee Wildlife Federation. TWF is one of the largest and oldest organizations in Tennessee dedicated to the conservation of the state's wildlife and natural resources through stewardship, youth engagement, and public policy. They bring together and represent the varied interests of people who enjoy the great outdoors..
Fri, Mar 31st, 7:00 PM, EDT
Relix Variety Theatre
1208 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917
Back by popular demand, Lying & Tying will be in full effect once again at 3 Rivers Angler thisThursday January 26th from 5pm until around 8pm. The concept is simple: bring something to drink, some materials, and a vice. Tie a little, lie a little, and maybe even learn a new pattern. Experts and novices are all invited no matter your level of experience. Don't have a vice? Don't worry, you can borrow one of ours. Tying starts at 5pm and goes till the last bobbin drops. Below is a list of the fly tying events through March, give us a call at the shop if you have any questoins! 865-200-5271
2017 Fly Tying
- Thursday, February 2nd: : an informal tying night free to anyone.
- Saturday, February 4th: Fly Tying 101: Intro to Tools, Techniques and Terminology
- Thursday, February 9th: : an informal tying night free to anyone.
- Thursday, February 16th: Lying and Tying: an informal tying night free to anyone.
- Saturday, February 18th: Fly Tying 101: Intro to Tools, Techniques and Terminology
- Thursday, February 23rd: Lying and Tying: an informal tying night free to anyone.
- Thursday, March 2nd: Fly Tying 201: Midges and Bead Head Nymphs
- Saturday, March 4th: Fly Tying 101: Intro to Tools, Techniques and Terminology
- Thursday, March 9th: Lying and Tying: an informal tying night free to anyone.
- Saturday, March 11th: Fly Tying 301: Dry Flies
- Thursday, March 16th: Fly Fishing 201: Midges and Bead Head Nymphs
- Thursday, March 23rd: Lying and Tying: an informal tying night free to anyone.
- Thursday, March 30th: Fly Tying 301: Dry Flies
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