Fishing report 7/5/17

After a long rainey spring that has had the lakes and rivers brim full, early summer seems to be coming into its own. Fantastic flows on our local cold and warm tailwaters have triggered the best fishing of the season yet.
DSC_0729Though the Clinch river has not had much in the way of hatches, the nymph fishing has been out standing.  Shallow indicator rigs with a small Pheasant Tail or midge (size 16-20) have been putting up big numbers. But don’t over look your dry fly game all together. small midge patterns like griffith gnats and RS2 can be deadly when the the fish are rising consistently.  My most important advice is to hit the water early right now, as soon as the sun sets in for the day the fishing slows down to a crawl. All that being said guide tripsDSC_0730 have been very successful with novice anglers landing plenty of fish and seasoned veterans laying into plenty of wise slot limit fish. Most of my anglers who can unfold a 30 ft cast are boating 25 to 40 fish a day ranging from 10 to 18 inches.
IMG_20170620_091522_366Fly fishing for Striper and throwing artificials on conventional tackle has been fantastic and will stay that way for several weeks. Some days you can slap a gurgler 10 feet from the boat and get smashed and others you may have to empty a spool of sinking line to get to the fish but they are eating consistently.  Most of my fishing lately has taken place on the lower clinch river system but the Tennessee River below Ft. Loudon and Watts Bar have been producing as well. I would advise that you use extreme caution when fishing immediately below any dam. Most days it resembles a scene from “Water World” or “Mad Max”, so be careful and watch out for unsafe boaters. 20170601_152826
Now is the perfect time to book your trout or striper adventure. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have and I will put together a trip to be remembered.

Capt. Jon Oody

865-363-8180

 

The Small Jaw

Small Jaws

img952012091295110938-1-1Smallmouth have always been near and dear to  my heart and have given me on some of my most memorable experiences on the water. Now I am offering those experiences to you.  Tennessee Valley Anglers will offering full and half day smallmouth trips on the Holston, French broad, and few other places I’d like to keep under my hat. visit the site and read all about it.

Chasing flows

DSC_0537The short and sweet of it is there is plenty of great fishing to be had in East Tennessee. The only catch is timing. Due to a massive rain event earlier this spring and steady waves of weather ever since, TVA reservoirs are brim full and the tail waters are pushing hard, leaving only small windows of hot fishing to be had. A drier forecast seems to be on the horizon which will equate to more consistent,  fishable flows.

In this type of situation, the clinch will be the go to trout fishery in the Knoxville area but I wouldn’t forget about the Holston. Due to heavy generation the Holston will likely run out of cold water and be tooDSC_0534 warm to fish ethically some time in early July. The Clinch however will fish great all summer long, specifically for those who choose to float the river. Pheasant tails and midges still seem to be the name of the game but sulphurs are making an appearance on both rivers.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been absolutely DSC_0579amazing on local freestone rivers with a mix bag of streamer and topwater tactics yielding 40 fish plus a day. Most fish are fun 1/2 to 2 pound fish, but 5 pounders are routinely breaking hearts.

For those of you who have an affinity for stripers, I also have decent news. The conventional tackle game is 20170601_152826still very strong, and the fly fishing game is doable but improving. As flows slow down and the water warms up, fly fishing opportunities will increase since the fish will seek out food and cooler water below local dams. We have recently pulled several fish in the 10 to 15lbs class on gurglers and deceivers.

If you’re interested in getting after some big fish this spring, give me a call and we’ll talk about trip options.

Tight lines,

Capt. Jon

 

Maryville College PHR 347

MC4Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to take out two Outdoor Studies and Tourism students who are currently enrolled in a Professional Seminar course at Maryville College. The course is designed to expose students to a variety of topics, trends, and ethical conversations as well as career options with the field of outdoor recreation. During my “guest lecture” we talked about ethical fishing practices related to striper, trout, and muskie. In other words how to not kill fish in the process of making a living.

The new Outdoor Studies and Tourism major prepares students for careers that emphasizeDSC_0303 the importance of the natural environment, how humans can respectfully enjoy and interact with nature, and the value of active, outdoor experiences. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the major at Maryville College, you can check it out here:

https://www.maryvillecollege.edu/academics/programs-of-study/outdoorstudies/

I am really looking forward to working with Maryville College to preach the good word and fight the good fight of conservation!

 

Free fly tying demo!!!

Join me at Little River Outfitters Saturday February 18th while I crank out some streamers and chew the fat about all things fishing in East Tennessee.  Click here to view dates for upcoming tying demos as well as links to other events and schools the good folks over at LRO will be hosting.

The big fish challenge

 

img_20170124_062426_645Winter Blues have you down? Cabin fever perhaps, bored to tear whilst searching for crappie? Or do want a greater reward for enduring cold runs and dank weather? Chasing trophy striper might just be the poison to pick.
“Bait makes the world go round”, in the striper world at least, and my customers hear me say this a dozen times a day. Tiny threadfin, gizzard shad of various size, and skipjack are all top priority. If there is no food available there will be no striper available.  Generally if you find the bait whether it is visible on the surface or marking on your graph there will be host of predators close by.
Avoid being a one trick pony and switch it up. Big live baits are a lot of fun to fish but are not always on the menu, smaller baits under 6 inches can be much more realistic to digest when the water temps dip into the low 50s. Artificials also have a place in your winter arsenal, Alabama rigs and spooks are a great starting point when the fish key on small baits. For the fly angler a gurgler or clouser minnow should cover most situations but only if you want to make a difficult task more difficult.
AVOID THE CROWDS!  Truly big fish, specifically trophy striper, are sensitive to pressure. following other anglers around the lake will do nothing but hurt you and the guy you follow. There is no one magical location to catch the big ones, honestly they are more prevalent and spread out than many may think. That being said there are popular fishing locales with room for multiple anglers, keep a good distance between you and the other angler, be as quiet as possible, and mind your manners. 
I wish you the best of luck if you choose to tackle the big fish challenge but if you can’t make the big time 1sand gear commitment to chase the trophies we are more than willing to give you the opportunity to tangle with the fish of a lifetime. Feel free to contact Tennessee Valley Anglers anytime via phone or email. (865-363-8180) or jon@tennesseevalleyanglers.com
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