The Peak of Fall Fly Fishing in the Smokies

The weather is beautiful, fall colors are peaking, and the trout are rising. What else could anybody want from a day in the Smokies?

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Steve Shultz on Hazel Creek this past weekend

We just returned from four days on Hazel Creek and conditions were absolutely perfect. There may have been a few fish caught on nymphs but we spent the bulk of our time casting dry flies. Even when we fished dropper rigs the fish almost always rose to the dry fly and ignored the nymph.

Even better there were some very nice fish in the mix.

One of a number of very nice trout caught on Hazel Creek  last weekend

One of a number of very nice trout caught on Hazel Creek last weekend

As an added bonus several of our anglers were eager to try Tenkara fishing and all picked it up within seconds. In fact, there were several hours when our anglers put the conventional fly rods down and stuck exclusively with the Tenkara rod. Of course, the fact they were catching fish on it didn’t hurt one bit.

A solid brown trout caught with Tenkara

A solid brown trout caught with Tenkara

We’ll be out enjoying the great weather and fishing as long as it lasts. You can usually count on this to carry through the second week of November. Sometimes it lasts longer and sometimes shorter, but there’s no doubt we’re in some of the best fishing of the season.