Based on what might be coming down the pike in regards to weather, the low flows that we’ve been enjoying may be met with some limited opportunities. It could just be off and on showers, but I’d say the next couple days and this weekend will be a good time to get out and enjoy the tailwaters and pretty darn good water in the mountains.
The Clinch is fishing pretty well for floating, and wade fishermen are getting it done with persistance. Pheasant tails or a split case nymph with a size 18 or 20 midge under is the way to go. You might find a lot of brook trout, which were put around the weir for kids fish free day. Fishing a little lower will get you out of those, or you can go tear them up to keep the line tight.
The Holston was fishing really well. They have bumped the flows up, probably in lieu of rain north of here, so we’ll have to wait for another window to take advantage of those fish. Smallmouth fishing is improving on both the Holston and the French Broad, and we’re finally hearing some people getting into them with poppers.
In the mountains, the usual suspects are working. The water and temps are good, so just use a high floating, yellow dry and drop a greenie weenie or a soft hackle nymph under.
Otherwise, everything else that you could possibly get into is fishing well. Small streams, large rivers, the lakes, and everything else is fishing pretty well. If you’re looking for Father’s Day gifts, don’t forget to check out our best Father’s Day gifts, and feel free to give us a call to help get the best gift for the angling dad in your life!