Smokies Fishing Great, Tailwaters Getting Better Everyday

I’ve been in the drift boat for the past several days. We’re not seeing much in the way of hatches beyond sporadic midges at this point, but we’re expecting caddis to start hatching on the Holston River soon. Dry fly fishing is excellent in the Smokies and there’s not much sign of that letting up any time soon.

I didn’t realize until just about now that I’ve been taking fish pictures with my anglers’ cameras and not mine. Most of the fish we’ve been into have been 10″-12″ but we’ve also hooked into some real nice ones in the 16″-17″ range. Almost every one of those came on a nymph.

While I haven’t been taking many fish pictures I have taken some pretty good wildlife photos on the river. I’ve seen a family of foxes the past few days and have even found their den.

A mother red fox watches us float down the river

A mother red fox watches us float down the river

A young fox stands at the mouth of its den

A young fox stands at the mouth of its den

The best fisherman on the river, an osprey

The best fisherman on the river, an osprey

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