UPDATE:8/2/2015 -- A guide trip to the North Carolina side of the Park went well on Friday. There were a few micro caddis on the water and caddis pupa were doing the trick. Terrestrials are still accounting for most fish but don't overlook hatches when they occur.
The Caney Fork is fishing very well this year. I'll be on the river floating for the next couple of days. This hot dry weather should get the terrestrial bite going really well. Contact me about a float trip if you want to get in on this great fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Cumberland Plateau smallmouth fishing is great when the water levels cooperate. The terrestrial fishing continues to be very good. There is very little reason to throw anything other than topwater right now. Ever caught a Coosa bass? That is a possibility right now as well!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
On my recent trip to upper east Tennessee, I fished the South Holston and Watauga rivers as well as a high elevation freestone stream. Of the three streams I fished, the Watauga was the easiest by far. The fish are less sophisticated than on the South Holston and would eat most any nymph I drifted through their living room.
I only fished the Watauga for a few hours in the morning but probably caught 30 or 40 trout during that time. None were large but all were in great shape. Some of the browns I caught looked like they were wild. For that matter some of the rainbows did as well although I'm not sure how many wild rainbows are in that river. Once the clouds started to break and the sun peaked through, the fishing tapered off a bit but was still very solid.
The only downside of this trip is that now I'm wishing I lived closer to these fine streams so I could fish them more often.
Here is one of the browns I caught on the Watauga that is a strong candidate for prettiest fish I've caught this year. Just look at those spots!!!