Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3. Quill Gordon Mayflies
4. Blue Quill Mayflies
5. Little Brown Stoneflies
6. Little Black Caddis (American Grannoms)
7. Hendricksons and Red Quills
8. Little Short Horned Sedges
9. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Stream and Weather Conditions for the Smokies:
The conditions for fishing the small, freestone streams of the Smokies couldn't be
any better than what you can expect for this entire week if the current weather
forecast holds up. It should be in the high seventies all week with lows in the low to
mid-fifties. It probably want rain until Saturday and not much then. The stream levels
have fell back down to a very nice level.
Tailwaters - Holston River
The Holston River is Tennessee's latest addition to its tailwater trout streams,
although it isn't really new. All but the locals have trouble distinguishing it from the
South Holston River tailwater, which is farther north and east of the Holston River.
We will get to it soon but for now, i am referring to the Holston River below Cherokee
One reason it is not so popular is the fact it has so little public access areas for
wading. Most of the serious fly fishing is done from a drift boat. Most of the wading is
done below the dam or on farther downstream at Nance's Ferry ramp. There's only
three places which to launch a boat for drifting the river, the two wading areas
named above and the Indian Cave area between the two above.
The best fishing is during the Spring, Fall and Winter seasons. The summer brings
about warm water temperatures that are too warm for trout. The TWRA stocks the
river with brown and rainbow trout.
You must get the release schedule for this one. It is probably even more important
than the average tailwater because when they are running water, you may as well
forget fishing. It is best when they are not running the turbines.
Like most southern tailwaters, midges are the most important aquatic insects. Fish
can be taken throughout the season on imitations of the larvae, pupae and
occasionally, the adults.
The dry fly fishing is best during the caddisfly hatches which are prolific and well
worth fishing from the middle of March until the river is too warm to fish in the
summer. There are more hatches that take place in the Fall.
There's a Sulphur mayfly hatch that takes place in May and June but it's about the
only significant mayfly hatch that takes place on the river.
This is a good smallmouth bass river. In fact, I think it is a better smallmouth fishery
than trout fishery simply because all the trout are put and take stockers. The
smallmouth fishing can be great.