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Fishing Update for September 14, 2018

Fishing is good to great across middle and east Tennessee. Tailwaters like the Caney Fork are starting to fish a little better than they were during the summer doldrums and the streams of the Smokies are as good as they have been all year.

In the mountains, fish are aggressively taking Golden Stonefly adults and nymphs as well as Isonychia nymphs and a variety of terrestrials like inch worms and ants. With fall just around the corner, it is a good time to make sure you have some Orange Stimulators or Elk Hair Caddis all ready to go along with the fall Blue-winged Olives. On the big orange flies, go with #10-#14. With the BWOs, try more like #18-#24 depending on the day.

On the Caney Fork and Clinch Rivers, midges are still getting it done every day. Streamers will move some fish on high water, especially as fish become aggressive going into the upcoming spawning season.

Smallmouth bass streams are still fishing well also. Here on the Plateau, we have had a great summer with very good water levels. I anticipate this trend to keep us fishing for smallies up until mid October unless it gets cold early.