We’re in the dog days of summer, which means carp and smallmouth are going to be the best game in town. However, there’s plenty of opportunities to go up into high elevation streams to beat the heat.
One of the generators on the Clinch is currently not working, so Norris will be running 1 generator around the clock for drawdown. This will mean a lot of good flows for floating, but wading windows may be hard to find during the week. Fishing has been good early and late, or during some overcast days.
The Holston is toeing the line of being too warm in the mornings for trout but is definitely too hot by the afternoon. This is smallmouth season though, so hot water means great topwater action. The same goes for the French Broad and freestone rivers around the area. With cooler days and some rain, streamers have still produced better numbers. After some hot days without rain, the topwater bite will improve in the mornings and evenings.
In the mountains, we’re in full-blown terrestrial season. Yellow sallies and other patterns are working well too, but ant and beetle patterns are working really well too. As we get some rain that colors and raises the water, don’t hesitate to use nymphs if they’re hugging the bottom.