We’ve had perfect fishing conditions here in the Smokies for the last couple weeks. The temperatures have been optimum and we’ve had just enough rain to keep the water cool and flowing at the right levels.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park-
The fishing in the National Park has been excellent with both dry flies and nymphs. The color of choice for dry flies has been yellow with Yellow Sallies during the day and Sulfurs in the evening as our primary hatches. We are also seeing smaller hatches of Blue Wing Olives and large brown stoneflies. The most productive nymph has been a smaller Pheasant Tail in about a size 16.
The water temperatures are still low enough in Gatlinburg to provide great fishing and the stocked fish from the last couple months should mean there are plenty of fish to be caught. Bright colored flies such as Squirmy Wormies, Greenie Weenies, and Egg Patterns should all work well. If you are spin fishing live bait is allowed in town so a night crawler or corn would be your best bet.
The Clinch River-
Sulfurs are the main hatch on the Clinch from now until the end of the summer. Patience and a wide variety of imitations of these bugs are going to be your best bet when wade fishing. If you can float the Clinch a double streamer rig should do well for larger fish.