Spring is finally here in the Smoky Mountains! We’re still right on the edge, water temperature wise, with it reaching that magic number of 50 degrees during the warmest part of some days but mostly staying in the 40s. However, the next couple of weeks are projected to be warm so as long as flows are good the fishing should be excellent.

The Great Smoky Mountains-

The fishing in the Smokies should start to pick up pretty soon. Once the water consistently stays around that 50 degree mark we’ll start seeing our first hatches of the season, mainly Blue Wing Olives and March Browns with others mixed in. Our guides are doing well fishing the Little River and the West Prong of the Pigeon. Dry fly selection for this month should include Blue Wing Olive imitations, parachute and standard Adams flies, and Stimulator patterns. Nymphs that should work well are the usual Tellicos, Pheasant Tails, and Princes along with Copper Johns, especially in red, and the Squirmy Wormy in pink.


The fishing in Gatlinburg is delayed harvest until April 1st so still only single hook, artificial, unscented lures. The brightly colored flies like egg patterns and Squirmy Wormies in any color should work pretty well along with some smaller streamers such as a Wooly Bugger.

*If you have any questions about fishing conditions, locations, or you would like to book a trip with one of our local, professional guides, give us a call at 865-436-8746 or shoot us an email via the Contact page.