Well it has been a good week for fishing. Started out on the Watauga this week, those sulphur hatches have been excellent and the catching has been right there with them. Then it was floating the Holston Proper for smallies and they were very cooperative. As it has been in the past couple of trips, you get them on streamers in the morning with the cloud cover and then when that sun pops out it is a good topwater bite. The Todd’s Wiggle Minnow was the ticket this trip. Then to wrap up the week I have some new private water we can fish near Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina. It is some awesome water with some big fish. Be sure to give me a call and lets get you out there to go fishing.
I am setting here waiting for a winter storm to come through our area. The National Weather Service is saying we could get 4 to 10 inches of snow before this ends Sunday morning. I am looking forward to the snow. Well as the topic suggests I am doing a review of this years smallmouth fishing. It was a really good year, lots of trophy smallies and many happy clents. As Terry and his son from Nashville, Tennessee said, we have fished the boundary waters for many years, but the trips with you on the Holston River are much better. Here are a few samples of their trips.
I had the privilege to spend a couple of days floating with Pete and Linda from Chestertown, Maryland. Pete was an avid smallmotuh fisherman and Linda wanted to learn more about fishing for smallies. While he threw nothing but a Harry Murray blue popper, she wanted to try many techniques. As you can see, she did well with streamer stripping and he caught some nice smallies on that popper.
I had a really great day with Jeff Thornell and his son from Alabama. The fish were in very shallow slow water all day. For the timeframe of 4th of July week with very high temperatures one would have thought the fish would be in fast running riffles trying to stay cool, but that was not the case this day. There were many nice big smallies brought to my wooden hand-built net. Take a look.
I did a trip with Cody Kerr, of Nicholasville, Kentucky. This town is where I spent many weekends in my youth and early adult life at Bluegrass Dragway. It is sad to say that this great drag-strip is now and industrial park. Cody’s trip was a streamer dream day, he threw a Tequeely streamer from orvis all day. When these fish hit this streamer they would rip off upstream so fast I had to back row upstream to catch up with them. What a day on the Holston River near Church Hill, Tennessee.
There were many more memorable trips throughout the year, so here is some shots from the rest.