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Our Most Recent Fishing Report
3-25-2024





Now things are really starting to feel like spring. Except for those cold days last week....Sorry about that Gary. At least the fish didn't think the cold snap was a downer, they seemed to eat fairly well for us.


The fishing action has been great and it appears to be getting better with each passing day. For the most part our weather has been warm and pleasant with just the one cold front that I already mentioned passing through. I'm hoping those cold mornings in the 20's are behind us now. I'd expect the next few weeks to be some of the prettiest and pleasant days of the year. Of course, we're going to have our weekly rain showers but thats ok, that's a big part of what keeps our east Tennessee trees and flowers blooming and let's face it, our rivers need the rain too.


River flows bottomed out last week as TVA began filling the area reservoirs. I knew it was coming and I'd like to say I was surprised last Monday morning.....but I wasn't. First came low water on the Clinch and now it appears the Holston is also in a filling status. So, for those of you who have been rearing to go wading, your time has come. The next 60 days or so should provide the best wading windows of the year.


Now for those of us who prefer to float down the river in our boats and rafts, low water season can present some difficulties. The Clinch gets harder to get down every year when they shut the turbines off. And the Holston will be jam packed with every new guide east Tennessee can throw at us. And let's not forget the 10,000 canoes and kayaks being delivered to the Caney Fork right now! The good news is, with a little work and determination, we can successfully avoid most of these other folks and carry on with business as usual. We just have to be careful floating the low water and amongst the other river patrons.


Not much has changed over the last couple of weeks as far as techniques go. Nymphing is still our top producer day in and day out. We're working near the bottom with mayfly nymph patterns (#14 - #18) and the occasional midge pupa (#18 - #24). We're still seeing very solid hatches of sulphurs on most afternoons. High winds have made dry fly fishing challenging but not impossible. Remember your streamer box if the clouds and rain are in the forecast, otherwise....I'd leave them at home if the skies are bright and sunny.