Best August in years

Posted by on August 11, 2017

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Best August in years

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding region are fishing better than any August in recent memory. This is simply the best August in years!

Cooler day time and nightly temperatures combined with afternoon showers have made for some excellent stream conditions and fishing. Stream levels are fuller this time of year than in several years past. Hatches have been consistent all day bringing trout to the surface for most of the day into the evenings.

Gatlinburg Trout

The Trout streams around Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains have been fishing excellent this month. Great action from early morning and well into the evening with both dry flies and nymphs. There’s no wrong time of day to go right now. Thankfully we have had a much wetter summer than last year which has helped tremendously with the fishing. Hatches of Caddis, Brown Stoneflies and Yellow Sallies are really bringing the trout out to feed aggressively. Of course inch worms dangling from trees and beetles falling into the water make for some interesting fishing too! There’s no wrong time of day right now to fish around Gatlinburg

Bryson City Trout

The trout streams around the Bryson City area have been fishing excellent this month. Bryson City has long been the hub of great fly fishing for years. Centered smack dab in the middle of trout country and some of the best streams on the east coast. Some of our most epic streams are in the Bryson City area. Deep Creek, Noland Creek, Forney Creek and the famed Hazel Creek are all found here. Each are fishing at their peak this month. Typically in August the weather is hot and dry and the trout fishing plateaus for the month. This certainly is not the case this year. These favorites are good as it gets!

Cherokee Trout

Trout Fishing near Cherokee has been excellent in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Miles of stream that form in the mountains high above the town of Cherokee provide cold water for wild trout to thrive in. This August we have seen those streams produce good numbers of trout and several impressive fish for the size of streams fromwhich they were caught. The Oconaluftee river which flows through Cherokee provides excellent opportunities in many of the high elevation tributaries. Here we can catch Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout all in the same stream in the same day. There’s not many streams in the park can offer this level of fishing, or multitude of species in a single day of fishing.

Smallmouth Bass

Historically August has always been the best month for chasing Smallmouth Bass around the Smokies region. This is especially true this season. Cooler air tempratures and good amounts of rainfall have kept water temps lower and Bass activity high. The Little Tennessee river has been down right phenomenal for non stop action. Our guests have seen several 60 bass days out here right now. Float Trips have been of course the best way to fish for Smallmouth Bass this season. Top water action along with streamers and even spin tackle have done well this month. This most beautiful river we float is the Little Tennessee River which flows through a mostly forested area with very little if any development in sight of the river. Its a gorgeous float and superb action for hard fighting fish!

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Best August in Years

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