We know that this time of year is very busy for most folks and it is very hard to work in fishing. So we thought we would list a couple places that can be accessed as a spur of the moment trip, just in case you get the wild hair.
Weather across the state for the weekend looks great: Mid 50’s to low 60’s for a high and low 40’s to mid 30’s for a low.
Here is a link to check the TVA Dam Generation to see if there are any good tail-water rivers that will be favorable for the weekend. Below are two links to USGS Stream Flow report for the Little Pigeon and Little River Water Sheds.
Little Pigeon River at Sevierville, TN http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=03470000
Little River above Townsend, TN http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tn/nwis/uv?site_no=03497300
So Where to fish?
There is a really cool event going on in Townsend, TN this weekend, that may sway where you are going to go. It is the Fly Tyer’s Weekend hosted by Little River Outfitters. There will be some great fly tyer’s on site both Saturday and Sunday. I think a fishing short fishing trip and a visit to this event would be a blast!
Also, a good fishing trip would not be complete without some great grub. I would suggest the Firefly Café in Townsend, TN. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/68/1692046/restaurant/Knoxville/Firefly-Cafe-Townsend
If you do decide to hit the mountains I would suggest focusing on the bigger pools and longer runs, try some larger stone fly nymphs. There are still a bunch of leaves in the river, which will make fishing somewhat challenging.
As far as the tail-water fishing goes it looks like the Clinch and Caney Fork will be running a bunch of water, however the Holston below Cherokee dam, Watauga and South Holston all look promising. Make sure to check the generation regularly, because it can always change. I would focus on some small midges, pheasant tails and egg patters right now in the tail-waters.
Also, right now Brown and Brook Trout are spawning, the only closed stream due to spawning are on two different sections of the South Holston, other than that you can fish for them. With that being said, please be respectful of these fish and take extra care in handling and releasing them. Thanks for reading and Tightlines!!!
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