Cooler Weather Hastens the Switch from Dry Flies to Nymphs

Autumn is in the process of kicking into high gear this week in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. We’ve had a pretty strong focus on dry fly fishing, particularly in the the Smokies, but that’s probably coming to an end as forecast highs later this week may not even reach 50 degrees.

We haven’t been doing much dry fly fishing on the Clinch or Holston tailwaters recently, but nymphs are getting the job done. Fall is a touchy time since there isn’t much consistency to the flows. Thankfully we’ve had a good string of flows on the Clinch that have provided good floats. Fish are primarily on small midges along with the the occasional black caddis.

Looks like it will be a “brown trout” week in the Smokies. Looks like we’ll have a few “Guides’ Day Off” excursions and there are a few fish we’ve been keeping tabs on.


  1. Dave Selph says:

    I hope you and Charity get some of those big Brownies on your guide’s days off.

  2. Ian, I’ll be watching for your reports. Hope you hook up with one of those big browns and get some good pictures…