The big Holston is doing just fine. We just finished up a few days on the water with some good folks and had a lot of fun. The fish here can little picky from time to time but that's just how it goes some days. I can't say anything bad about the river right now. It does have quite a bit of pressure on it, but it's still fishing very well. Every trout that came into the boat were fiesty little footballs. The trout here have an attitude and will let you know it as soon as you put a hook in one.
June marks the beginning of summer and some of the best trout fishing of the season. The weather has stabilized and we have dependable flow patterns on our TVA tailraces in the southeast. The cold winter snow and rainfall is providing us with a good supply of icy cold water in the rivers even though the weather is warm. These recent pics are what some of our clients have managed to get to the boat during the last few weeks. I look for many more to come to hand this summer.
Hiwassee River - fishing great . We are currently drifting from the powerhouse to Reliance. Sulfurs are doing their thing now with big Isonychias just around the corner. Dry fly fishing is good. Mark has developed some top secret soft hackle patterns that are real trout magnets.
Toccoa River - beginning to get back on target. We have done a few trips there. The water is still an opaque green and low as TVA tries to get the lake level to summer pool after the dam repair project. The good news here is that we have caught a few real trophies, DNR has re-stocked the river heavily, and we should be back in full swing here before long.
Holston River - below Cherokee has been an excellent producer for us. During May the caddis hatch was maddening. The fish were finicky, but eating on top. Jake tied up an electric caddis that brought some real bruisers to the boat.The Holston will fish well for June and July also. Later in the season we want to play around with the smallmouth here on a new lower float stretch we have secured.
Clinch River - has just become fishable. We look forward to some big fish on small flies here in the coming months. As always, call or email for an up–to-the-minute report or to book a trip.
Captain Dane Law