As it always is, the dry fly fishing was fantastic this fall. We spent an afternoon up on the river just enjoying the nice weather and watching the fish rise. Here are some of the highlights.
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We see relatively large bugs in the spring, but as you can see here the fish are eating tiny stuff in the fall. It’s usually a mixed bag of midges, Blue Wing Olives, and some caddis.
Nights have been pretty cold over the last week and we’ve had frost every morning on our front porch. Temperatures in the higher elevations of the Smokies have been in the low 20′s and afternoon highs have been limited to the 50′s on the stream. Water temperatures have fallen into the low to mid 40′s this past week and the fishing has slowed a bit.
The coming week doesn’t have any warmer days ahead but overnight temperatures won’t be quite so cold so we should have a slight surge in the fishing this week. Reservoir levels are falling so we’re looking forward to also getting back on the tailwaters soon. The Holston River has actually had some decent flows lately, but we’re hoping the Clinch shapes up soon.