Flows are finally settling down on our local tailwaters in the valley. The Clinch has been offering great wading opportunities both during the week and on the weekends as well. Midge fishing has been excellent on the low water schedule. If you can fish long drifts quartering downstream with fluorocarbon tippet you will likely find success. Olive, cream, black, and grey midge patterns have been the hot menu items lately, along with some PTs mixed in. For boating anglers afternoon generation provides a chance for afternoon and evening floats. When floating, break out the streamer box or nymph with larger flies at deeper depth.
If you keep an eye on the flows, you may catch a chance to head up to the Holston, but flows are not quite as consistent up there yet. When you do have a chance to get your feet wet, focus on caddis patterns, as they are still around and hatching prolifically. A streamer float on a 1 generator schedule would also be worth trying, as larger fish are dispersed throughout the river. Be sure to be mindful of water temperature when fishing the Holston. Although it is running cold at the moment, it will likely warm up significantly in the near future, which means it will be time to focus on the lower stretches in search of smallmouth.
Warm water fishing is finally coming to life due to relief from high water. The lower Holston is fishing well for smallmouth, and Allen has been finding some quality fish lately with clients. Contact us if you want to get in on some of that action and we will get you a seat in his jet boat for the day. The French Broad is still running a bit high a stained. After all the water that has come down it over the past month, it will still need a couple weeks to settle back to its normal quality. We are finding lots of willing carp on the lakes in coves and on flats. Carp on the tailwaters are searching for food as well. We have our annual Carp Cup set for July 21st, so get out there and get your practice rounds in. If you are ready to register for the tournament, give us a call, swing by the shop, or register online at 3riverscarpcup.com
Striper and Muskies are eating consistently right now. We have been out in search of both a lot recently with some success. These fish move round a lot, but if you can be in the right spot at the right time it is game on! Cpt. Jon Oody spends a lot of time out on the water patterning these predator species, and he is happy to get you on a few. Give Jon a call at 865-363-8180.
Whatever you decide to chase this week, be safe and mindful of others on the water. We are happy to help you with anything you need so swing by the shop or give us a ring at 865-200-5271.