After a very long stretch of hot and dry weather, it looks like we’ll be getting some needed rain here in the next few days.
This may temporarily affect flows on the Holston, Clinch, and to some extent the French Broad, but nothing that will make a major impact on flows for the next week or this weekend.
We’ve been getting reports of amazing fishing on the Holston, which keeps producing gluttonous rainbows, like the one pictured here. Nymphs are still the key, though folks are getting them on top with caddis and sulphur imitations, particularly in the afternoon. In the way of nymphs, a small pattern (#16-20) of your favorite midge or pheasant tail will be productive.
Squirmy wormies are also producing well. We just received a restocking of Fulling Mill tungsten wormies. They sink faster than your normal beadhead squirmy, and are doing well in the Holston and the Park.
Starting around last week, the Clinch is starting to really turn on. Midges seem to be producing better than anything else. Sulphurs are still coming off, but the consensus is that sulphur emergers are doing better than their high-floating counterparts. When you see fish rise but you’re mostly seeing their backs and tails, that’s a clear indicator that they’re taking emergers. For nymphing, those finding the best success are using the smallest indicator they can see and 9-12 ft. 6X fluorocarbon leaders.
We’ll have cloudy weather for the next few days, boding well for anyone looking to get out on the lake for popping bugs when the sun is off the water.
The mountains are flowing very low and warm at the moment, but the rain will likely lead to a (needed) drop in stream temperature and a sharp rise (not as needed) in stream flows. Greenie weenies and yellow sallys are working, but we’ll also transition to beetles and ant patterns as we progress into the summer.
The smallmouth are getting more productive, but topwater season is still on it’s way. Go low with clousers and other weighted streamers.