Now that the weather’s cooling off and the trout aren’t as easily spooked, they’re hitting a variety of dry flies and nymphs, especially in the higher-elevation waters. Some anglers are catching trout with nightcrawlers and spinners, too.
In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), the Oconaluftee River (the Luftee) offered plenty of action once we left its warm lower stretch. The brown trout seemed more open-minded about our choice of flies, and we landed a lunker on a purple Duracell. Further up the river, in tight water beneath overhanging trees, the brookies struck our dry-droppers—Stimulators and Thunderheads with Pheasant’s Tails (#12) underneath. In the Little Tennessee River, smallmouth bass smacked soft-plastic Rapalas and Poppers.
On the Tennessee side of the Smokies, the water remains down, but not at drought-level. Our trip to the West Prong of the Little Pigeon yielded ten nice-sized rainbows.
Fishing prospects look good for the weekend. Just downsize your tippet and don’t be afraid to change flies. The trout are biting later in the morning, now that they’re more comfortable, and the lunchtime lull doesn’t begin until nearly a couple hours after noon. Expect the fish to resume feeding around cocktail hour.
Bowhunters, be sure to mark your calendars because archery deer season begins on September 10 and runs until October 2. During this period, deer of either sex may be taken. We offer guided bowhunting experiences, so call us to book a trip at 1-888-852-6842.
Have wonderful weekends!