Happy 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!