It’s the last week of October, the weather is cool, the leaves are falling, and the fishing has been great. We’ve already seen some large brown trout moving and that will only improve over the next two weeks as they move into position to spawn.
Weather this week will be warmer than we saw last week and that’s not a bad thing. Warm temperatures will keep the insects moving and in turn, the trout rising. Most people think to spring for the best dry fly fishing of the year, but we’ve always said that no one should ever forget about fall.
Fish in the Smokies haven’t been particularly picky when it comes to fly selection and a #14-16 Parachute Adams will catch plenty of fish. Don’t forget, though, that the fish are eating very small bugs like midges and small Blue Wing Olives. October Caddis are fluttering around here and there as well so a #16 ginger Elk Caddis or Orange Stimulator will attract attention as well.
We’re still waiting for good tailwater conditions but TVA is still pushing water at a heavy rate. Norris Lake should be at winter levels by the first of next week so we’re hoping we see some moderate flows while the weather is still nice. Fall can have some superb dry fly and nymph fishing on the Clinch and any time the water is right for stripping streamers there is always potential for a big fish.
We’re watching the TVA flows closely and will keep you posted.