News & Updates

Photo Apr 21 12 48 30 PMAfter another wet week here in East Tennessee, it looks like we have lots of warm weather and sunshine in the forecast. Over the next week will see temperatures climb back into the 60’s, 70’s and even the 80’s. If you have been waiting for ideal spring fishing conditions, this is your weekend! The fishing has been consistently good on both the tailwaters as well as the mountain streams. Low water schedules on both the Clinch and the Holston have allowed wading anglers plenty of opportunities.

April Balter 401x267Join us Thursday, April 26 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks! April’s featured outdoor partner is 3 Rivers Angler – offering casting demonstrations and awesome door prizes!

This monthly event is a chance to gather with friends and family every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter Beerworks donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. It’s an evening you don’t want to miss!

Godfathers Brown Pic 2It has been a wet and wild few weeks here in East Tennessee and it looks like Mother Nature isn't quite done throwing us a few curve balls. Today's high temperature has come and gone and we are set to dip back into the thirties overnight tonight. Despite the wind, rain, and snow, the fishing has been nothing short of fantastic with good bug activity on all of our tailwaters as well as in the ountains. 

Photo Apr 04 8 39 13 PM previewAfter weeks and weeks of constant generation, TVA turned off the spickets for a brief afternoon window on the Clinch this week. Anglers that were lucky enough to notice the schedule change took to the river in mass. I heard good reports of folks catching fat and healthy slot-sized fish throughout the upper reaches of the Clinch. Although these fish didn’t come easy, as the wind was whipping up and down the river most of the afternoon. The reports were consistent from Millers all the way up to the dam.

File Apr 14 12 05 44 PMHappy Easter everyone! While it looks like we are finally going to get a break with the weather over the holiday weekend it remains to be seen if we will get a break in the water. As I write, Little River is flowing at 600 plus CFS and the Clinch is rolling at 7800. The upside is last night's rain wasn't near as severe as the weather folks initially predicted. The freestone streams, by in large, have already crested and are on their way back down. Warmer temperatures tomorrow and Sunday bode well for some potentially good fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where we are already seeing some decent hatches of stoneflies, blue quills, and quill gordons. 

The forecast for the Clinch remains high water through the weekend but the Holston has some potential with the predicted outflows being 3000 cfs on both Saturday and Sunday. While there is no telling what that will actually  mean we will get from TVA, perhaps they'll see fit to through us a bone and give a little wadable water sometime during the day. 

The lower end of both the Holston and the French Broad are seeing good numbers of white bass and skip jack shad showing up. And with the Douglas Dam predicted to be off over the weekend you can bet that's likely where you will find me tomorrow at some point in time. The small mouth bass should be in pre-spawn mode so you'll want to search for them in areas in between their typical wintering grounds and their spawning grounds. The mouths of creeks will be a good bet as well once the sun pops up and heats the water up.

Where ever you end up this weekend, be safe and have Blessed day!