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Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 11.12.46 AMWith consistent cooler temperatures this week, our tailwaters are really starting to come to life. There are limited wading windows on the Holston River below Cherokee Dam, but when you can get out there the fishing is top notch. Water temps on this tailwater are back to normal levels, and cooler water has trout happily feeding. Lately we have been seeing smaller caddis coming off throughout the day. I would focus mainly on black and olive patterns in small sizes from #16 - #20. Jeremy was also finding success throwing a streamer on a sink tip line, which is never a bad idea for this time of year. If we get a good flow window in the near future, it would be worth it to call in sick for a day.

The Clinch is also starting to become more consistent and the fishing is fantastic. The upper sections of the tailwater are producing many more fish than lower areas. I would be focusing most of my attention towards water from Johnson Shoals up to the Dam. I was able to get out over the weekend at an access area in the lower river, and struggled to find many fish. It is obvious now that the Brown trout are settled into their spawning routine. With this in mind, please be respectful of redds, and watch your wading path. Rainbows and Browns are both feeding well, and normal forage of small nymphs and midges will produce well. Egg patterns and other high protein meals like worms and small streamers are equally as sought after this time of year. With that being said, we have also found success in small dry fly presentations. Midge emergers, small Caddis, and my personal favorite, a #20 Parachute Adams are all good options. If Brett’s trophy Brown from last week wasn’t enough to get you out there, then you may consider a new hobby. Dana Davidson got out earlier this week and caught a mixed bag of good sized trout all afternoon.

Flows in the GSMNP are right around perfect. We have had a number of customers coming in with great reports after adventures fishing in the park. Small steamer patterns are working well along with larger nymphs dredged right along the bottom. Focus on working key feeding areas, rather than blind casting every inch of the stream. If you are willing to stay on the banks and head hunt, it is likely you can find some larger fish feeding in tail-outs and on the edges of the stream. Per usual, working upstream, staying out of the water as much as possible, and maintaining a low stealthy profile are your best tactics in the park. With the cold nights and early mornings that we are having right now, its not imperative that you start fishing right at dawn, feel free to let things warm up a bit! As always, if you are looking to expand your horizons to some predator fish species, Cpt. Jon Oody is the man to call! I find myself in his boat quite often these days and it always pays off. Fishing for Stripers and Muskies can be excellent this time of year. 865-363-8180 It looks like we may be in for a touch of rain Saturday, which honestly should not sway you from getting out. Some of my best fishing is on cloudy days with some precipitation. Sunday looks a bit sunnier if getting a late season tan is one of your priorities. Whatever you decide on this weekend, enjoy our resources, stay safe, and respect other anglers on the water. Stop by or give us a call to let us know how we can assist you! 865-200-5271



083117 H3 test cast FB 1200x628 grq5onSwing by the 3 Rivers Angler on Friday November 24th or Saturday November 25th and test drive the new Orvis Helios 3 fly rods. We will have both the 5F and 5D and the 8F & 8D strung up with identical lines and reels so you can cast the new actions side by side and decide which taper suits your casting stroke best. Better yet, anyone that tries all 4 rods will be entered to win a $100 dollar gift card good towards any instore purchase, even a new Helios 3 rod!

Photo Nov 06 2 52 10 PMCooler weather has found its way into the valley this week. Rain and cloud cover have been the norm nearly every day. However, the forecast is looking promising for the weekend. It appears the cool weather is here to stay, but we will see some sun over the course of the next few days. TVA has been blowing out the French Broad and the Holston this week, but has managed to keep the Clinch at low-flow for most of the week. These long periods of 0 generation have been welcomed by wading anglers. Lots of folks have braved the nasty weather to target some of the larger browns and rainbows that are congregated in the upper section of the tailwater. The fishing has been good when the conditions haven’t. A #20 black and copper zebra midge was the ticket for me, along with a #16 red zebra midge fished under a small NZ strike indicator. Small streamers have been working well for some anglers that have been committed to throwing them. Sculpzilla in natural or black has been working well. In addition, dead-drifted wooly buggers can be deadly this time of year.

Photo Nov 06 3 15 19 PMPersistence will pay off this time of year. With so many big fish stacked in water that is easily accessible, you have a good shot at sight-nymphing some quality trout. You can’t always expect them to eat on the first or even second drift, but small changes in your setup can make a big difference. If fish are not eating, try a slight change in depth before you clip off that fly and switch it out. I had to work hard for the large brown pictured above. After I spotted it, I could tell it wasnt' moving for much. I could see it holding and eating a drifting midge or mayfly every once in a while. At that point, I knew my depth and drift had to be perfect to convince this beast to inhale my offering. Finally, after a dozen or so fly changes I drifted into him again, saw my indicator pause for a second and I set the hook. After a short battle, I brought him close enough for me to dip my nomad under his giant head. After a few shots with the GoPro, I pulled him out of the nomad and slid him back into the cold clear water of the Clinch River. If shots at trophy brown trout like this cannot convince you to crawl out of bed on a cold Saturday morning, I don't know what will. 

Photo Nov 03 9 21 30 AMThe Clinch is not the only place you have a chance to tangle with a trophy brown. The freestone streams in the smokies have been fishing well despite the colder nighttime temperatures we have seen as of late. Heavy rains earlier this week spiked flows in many of the watersheds on our side of the mountain. The past few days we have seen water levels drop and temperatures remain in the low to mid 50s. Big browns are starting to show themselves on the East Prong of Little River. A friend of ours, Trey Marshall, had some recent luck in the park with both nymphs and streamers. He initially moved this brown with a streamer he swung along the tailout of a run. After the trout settled back behind his rock. Trey switched it up and got him to eat a pheasant tail nymph dropped off a stimulator. Your best bet at hooking some of the larger trout in Little River is going to be on cloudy, overcast, or rainy days. Those trout will be less wary and much more comfortable moving for swung flies and drifting nymphs. Darker nymphs like pheasant tails, prince nymphs, Bird’s Nest and Green copper johns are your best bet right now. As far as streamers go, Galloup’s Barely legal in yellow and brown and Sparkle minnows in various colors have been producing.

If you do get out this weekend, have fun and be safe! As always, if you have any questions please come by the shop or give us a call at 865-200-5271.


to celebrate 3 Rivers Angler 6th AnniversaryHey folks, please save the date! A little older and a little wiser 3 Rivers Angler is turning 6 and we want to celebrate that milestone with the folks that matter most, namely, you! Please do join us for drinks, treats, and a number of specials on Friday, November 10th at 6pm to 8pm.

  • Enjoy snacks, treats and drinks!
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Photo Nov 02 8 53 10 AM 1A crisp weekend here in East Tennessee brought us the first snowfall of the season. The upper elevations in the Smokies received as much as 3 inches of accumulation. This put a short hiatus on the quality fishing in the park. Water temperatures dipped into the 40s and based on many reports, shut down the trout. Milder temperatures this week should bring things back to normal in the smokies. Most of your shots at fish this time of year are going to be on nymphs. Darker stoneflies and mayfly patterns will work well. Rubberleg Pheasant tail’s and Prince Nymphs are great patterns to imitate those darker insects. For the rest of us in the valley, this weekend brought a cold steady rain and lower temperatures than we have seen this fall. This cold front turned out to be just what the doctor ordered for our coldwater fisheries.

The Clinch is fishing good, and only going to get better as we transition into November. Wading anglers have been reporting good midge hatches as of late. If you do see lots of midges on the water, you will most likely see trout sipping emergers just below the surface. Long leaders (9ft-12ft 5x) with 3-4ft of 6x tippet tied to a small midge emerger pattern will give you the best shot at hooking these trout. If you are not seeing activity on the surface, float a #20 gray WD-40 or gray zebra midge under a yarn indicator. Floating the Clinch has been very productive recently. In our experience, small streamers in olive or white have moved more trout than the larger articulated variety. The sparkle minnow in “brownie” and “sculpin” are patterns I would have in my box right now. If you are looking to get into streamer fishing, swing by the shop or give us a call. We’ll get you set up with everything you need to get started. Keep an eye on the generation schedules if you are looking to get out there. It has been running 1 generator through the week, which is ideal for floating, but we have seen some afternoon/evening windows of low water as well.

We have waited all Fall for the Holston to cool back down to safer temperatures to trout fish. Based on water temperatures yesterday, it is time to get back out there. The trout seemed to respond nicely to cooler water and an abundance of bugs. They were feeding on top nearly all day yesterday. Most were sipping caddis emergers and adults in the olive variety. The caddis I saw were in the #16-#18 range, with the majority of them being #18’s. There was also a solid midge hatch through the morning and early afternoon. I fooled a few fish on small parachute adams (#18-#20) and palomino midges when the midges were thick on the water. The buttery brown pictured above fell for a parachute adams trailed behind a #18 olive elk hair caddis. The key to success was picking out one fish, figuring out his rhythm and putting your drag-free drift right in his lane.

Whatever you decide to do, have fun and be safe! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 865-200-5271 or come by the shop.