Every year for the past 3 years or so, east Tennessee has had a cold first week of March. I was always glad to be heading out-of-state to places like the Everglades and the Grand Canyon for spring break. Also, each year had a warm second week of March. Since spring break out here in Colorado fell on the second full week of March, I was hoping to hit the weather right in Tennessee. So far it looks like everything is working out!
With snow and cold temperatures in Tennessee right now, I'm glad that I'm not walking the banks of Little River looking for a hatch that may never start. The long range forecast calls for moderating temperatures. That means that while the bugs haven't exploded yet, they might be trickling off in fishable numbers upon my arrival.
I've been patiently waiting for spring break but my patience is quickly wearing thin now. With only a week to go, I'm now tying flies during every available moment. Last night it was #18 Parachute Adams to match the Blue Quills. Today it will be more of the same as well as larger #12 and #14 flies for the Quill Gordons. I've stocked up on my Copper and Partridge Soft Hackle as well to match the caddis that will also be around. I tied plenty of Tellicos and other stonefly patterns weeks ago and am fairly confident with my supply there. Still, there is rarely a fishing trip that I feel completely prepared for. If all else fails I'll be stopping by to see my friends at Little River Outfitters and picking up a few extra flies if I run low.
Lately I've been paying special attention to Ian and Charity Rutter's fishing report as well as Josh Pheiffer's. Both are excellent area guides that frequent both the mountain streams as well as the tailwaters. The most recent reports indicate that bugs are hatching sporadically but in general the big hatches have yet to happen. I guess I don't have a lot of options and will have to try and stay patient for another week. Going home will be a nice treat for spring break!!!
UPDATE: 10/6/2015 -- Smokies Fly Fishing Report: We are transitioning towards the beautiful fall colors. Rain last week helped tremendously with water levels, at least in the short term. Watch for large brown trout on the move as we approach the spawn. This is the time to find these fish out feeding as they fatten up for the spawn. Brook trout are sporting their best colors right now and the high elevation streams currently have the best fall colors if you want great scenery.
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork is fishing well at times but only average during others. Look for cloudy/overcast days to be best at least for now. The high water streamer bite always gives a shot at some quality fish although nymphs and midges will catch the majority of your fish on low or falling water. Contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to get in on this great fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth bass fishing is on its last legs for the year. We'll be breaking out the musky gear soon for the colder months. While temperatures hold steady, look for the bass to be on a feeding binge getting ready for colder weather. Get out now as this won't last long.
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