My tying activity has taken a decided turn in the busy direction. Last week I finished an order of Ultra Wire soft hackles for my blogging friend Bill over at the Fishing Through Life blog. By the end of the week I was starting to really crank out Parachute Adams for my upcoming trip to Tennessee. Yesterday I reached my goal and feel like I have enough now in sizes #12-#18. Of course, as a fisherman, I never feel truly ready so I may tie a few more for good measure.
Other flies that came out of the vise yesterday were my bead head Ice Dub caddis pupa, my variation on an RS2 that is killer in the Smokies in early spring, and some bead head Pheasant Tail nymphs. I even managed tie tie a couple little #24 Krystal Flash Midges that were the secret to my recent Pueblo tailwater success. There were probably some other patterns that I'm forgetting but progress is being made!!! Tonight, with any luck, I will tie up some more nymphs and perhaps a few streamers. The weather is looking marginal at best for my trip so I'll have to have heavy nymph and streamer patterns around in case the water levels are up too high. Slowly the box is filling up, and of course I already have more flies than I know what to do with. One way or another I'll get by and hopefully have a few flies left over to use on the trout out here in Colorado. Still, until I leave for Tennessee, I will tie on in all my spare time!
UPDATE: 9/12/2016 Smokies Fly Fishing Report -- Current Hatches: Isonychias (aka Slate Drake or Mahogany Dun), Mahogany Duns (Paraleptophlebia), Little Yellow Stoneflies, Golden Stoneflies, Tan and Cinnamon Caddis, inch worms, beetles, and ants. Some cooler weather has been helping conditions in the Smokies. Nighttime lows are falling enough to keep the lower elevations close to fishable. Probably give them another week though and then it will be game on. Fish are eating fairly well. Yesterday's Little River Outfitters Day 2 School was successful with all of my students catching fish even with the low water conditions.
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: Our floats continue to churn out some really nice trout. See some of the recent blog entries below for more on that. I have some availability if you are looking for a guided trip so contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Clinch River Fishing Report: Flows are mostly up so heavy deep nymphing or streamer fishing will be the way to go during periods of generation. Look for fish eating terrestrials along the banks and especially in areas of soft water. On low water, think midges and long fine leaders. Dark seems to be the color although both dark and silver beads are working on the midges. I recommend strike indicators with hooks in them on low water. Last week I caught my best fish on a #14 Yellow Stimulator that was serving as my strike indicator.
Holston River: Give this river a break on the trout sections until next winter. Water temperatures on most of the trout water are elevated and fishing now will stress these beautiful fish.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth bass fishing is good but the water is low. We have another week or two of warmer temperatures before the final turn towards cooler weather begins. Both topwater bugs and subsurface offerings are getting it done. Before we know it, the cooler weather of fall will have us chasing muskie again as well!