Flows are still high on the Holston, Clinch, and French Broad, but the tailwaters a little further out in Northeast TN have good flows, and there’s likely to be some BWO action when on the warm sunny days that we have coming up. The mountain waters are cold, but currently on a warming trend with the perfect flow to throw streamers and big nymphs. It’s a good time to try and catch a bigger fish while the crowds are down.
With rain in the forecast, They’re still going to draw down the lakes for a little while, though they’re running the lakes down pretty hard. The next 10 days show some precipitation, but mostly small amounts. If the weather evens out and the TVA can run the water out of the reservoir, we’ll have wadeable flows in February. The Watauga and the South Holston will continue to have pretty good flows for wading at times sprinkled with some primo streamer flows over the next week. As with the Clinch, be prepared with yellow, olive, black, and white streamers to see what they’re liking.
In the mountains, big rubber legs and a buggy thorax are good qualities to look for in a nymph this time of year. Also, it would be wise to invest in a good sink tip line to dredge a streamer is some deeper holes in the mountains. Fish will be holding on the banks, but don’t forget to hit submerged structure in the middle of deep water.
In other news, the Fly Fishing film tour is coming up February 15th, 7pm at the Relix Theatre. It looks like an awesome lineup this year, and you can find the link for tickets here.