It has been a great week with a couple of gentlemen from the Carolina Fly Fishing Club from Charlotte, North Carolina. Steve and Tim wanted to experience all that the waters of East Tennessee had to offer. We floated the South Holston to start off, the sulphurs were coming off on the upper river but the trout weren’t taking them from the surface. We used an emerger pattern that one of my clients tied up for me. It worked very well on the butter belly browns, plenty of these came to hand.
The Sulphurs slowed down on the lower river so we switched to some streamers and worked the banks. After a take cover moment from a heavy rain filled thunderstorm we went back to beating the banks with some nice rewards.
The next float was on the upper Watauga Tailwater. The fish were very cooperative right away on deep nymphs. A Micro Mayfly seemed to be the hot ticket along with some taken on a Barrs Copper John. There was only a few minor hatches so nymphing was the way to fish.
The final day was a float down the Holston Proper for some of its hard fighting bronzebacks. The day started off with a nice juvenile smallie right in front of a group of feeding turkeys, the dominant tom had a nice beard.
As the day went on the weather got hot and so did the bite. The topwater bite for the morning wasn’t there so streamers were the order of the day. I put on a couple of new patterns I have developing for these Holston Proper smallies, the BFGG and Too Slim streamers did the trick.
So if you want to experience all that the Southern Appalachian region has to offer for the fishing enthusiast give me a call or an email and lets get you out there on the beautiful tailwaters of East Tennessee.