We’re starting to see some longer windows of time on the Holston (looks like we’ll have good wading opportunities tomorrow and Saturday at least) and the mountain streams are relatively warm and at a good flow for now. The South Holston has really good wading and floating windows, and the Clinch is at a good wintertime streamer flow, and we may get a wading window Saturday or Sunday morning. Getting down deep and fast is the name of the game, and finding the right water to fish when it’s this time of year.
The streamer bite continues to produce on the Clinch for those with a boat to target the right structure. While banks will produce in some instances, don’t forget to take note of shelves and underwater structure that’s in the middle of the river. Sculpin patterns like dungeons and sculpzillas have produced, in addition to patterns that look like small rainbows or browns.
If you have access, the Holston is producing good numbers in the limited time that folks can get out there. Your standard fair or a small zebra midge under a pheasant tail is a good way to start, but don’t be afraid to throw somewhat larger wooly buggers or smaller streamers.
In the mountains, look for some water that will get some sun to warm things up a bit, and dredge nymphs down on the bottom. With temps rising near or at 60 degrees throughout the next couple weeks, be prepared for some early spring hatches of BWOs.
In other news, we’ve got a lot going on at the shop. We’re extending our winter sale with some select items. Winter apparel is 30% off, American-Made reels and all packs are 25% off, and all tying materials and tools are 15% off.
Don’t forget about the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Saturday, February 15th. Find tickets in the link, or get them in the shop for a few dollars cheaper.