Flows have been a bit sporadic around East TN, but there have been some windows for those who are willing to act when an opportunity presents itself. The Clinch has been giving some wading windows in the morning, providing the possibility for some weekday/before work fishing. Since the generators are running at 6 to 7 in the morning, you should try to fish lower sections unless you’re looking to finish the morning early. Crystal midges and other small, bright midges have been producing.
The Holston continues to be running, but they are running around 6,500 CFS. Not good for wading or for trout, but not a bad float for someone looking to get into some smallmouth. Experiment with black or olive streamers when it’s early, late or overcast, and yellow, chartreuse, and white during the middle of the day when the sun is out. A sinking line, not a sink tip, would be essential to getting where the fish are.
The French Broad, on the other hand, has been fairly consistent to fish for both the wading and floating anglers. Wading around 7 Islands has produced good smallmouth and carp, and the flows will allow you to get a jon boat or drift boat around the tricky section below the islands.
The mountains are fishing pretty well. Water is low and warm, so go up higher and look for riffled water. The bigger fish are typically going to be bigger in the mid-elevations, so using a stream thermometer is a handy tool to figure out how low you can go without the fish being lethargic from 65+ degree water. Yellow dry flies are still the ticket for up top, and size 14 or 16 nymphs will produce as well.
Park smallmouth and redeye bass fishing is hot right now. Go to lower elevation streamers and throw poppers and woolly buggers for some fun topwater action. Redeyes are also a great fish for the frying pan, as the Park allows you to keep up to 20 per person with no size limit. Also, they’re just the right size for fish tacos.
Carp fishing is still going strong. With sunny skies and virtually no rain in the forecast, the water will be clear and the sun favorable for spotting feeding fish on the lakes and rivers around East Tennessee.
Our guiding calendars are filling up for September, October, and November. If you want to float a tailwater for big browns or fish for Fall color brook trout in the peak color season, starting looking at dates and ask about our availability. Otherwise, start tying those orange dry flies and dark streamers, because Fall will be here before you know it.