Fishing Report for July 13 to July 21

Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) has been on fire this week with bows and browns hitting our funky dry-dropper rig—a Purple Haze dry fly with a Pink Squirmy Worm underneath. The frenzied excitement of non-stop action left one angler addle-brained and blowing kisses at the sky!

This weekend, start your wading no later than 7:00 a.m. because the water will heat up earlier than normal, and the trout will be stressed by lunchtime. Be sure to bring along your Yellow/Golden Stoneflies and terrestrials, too.

At the moment, the Little Tennessee River’s water is up, but super muddy due to the intensity of recent rainstorms; however, by the weekend, the river should be clear enough to float for smallmouth bass. Poppers across the spectrum—yellow, orange, neon, and black—would interest these fish.

By the way, we now offer float trips on the Little Tennessee River. Although this option isn’t currently listed on our website, you can book a float trip and tell us you want to cruise the Little Tennessee.

Have great weekends!

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