View Full Version : Favorite time of year?

David Knapp
01-17-2006, 11:48 PM
I thought this would be an interesting topic for discussion. What is your favorite time of year for fishing the Smokies? Of course, anytime is a good time for fishin', but personally, I love fishing in the fall. There is a touch of frost in the air early, giving way to a warm afternoon where all of the fish in the stream seem to be looking up. The leaves are changing colors, later on falling and piling up in the stream. The slightest breeze brings down a "hail" of acorns on the water. Besides, I seem to catch more and larger fish in the fall :P. I have yet to have a bad day fishing in the fall!

David Knapp

01-18-2006, 11:35 PM
Spring - gotta be early Spring. The water temperature is on the rise, metabolism of the fish is speeding up, tubers and spin casters haven't messed things up too much yet, dries start to hatch in better numbers and different species, and fishing pressure is not as heavy as it will be later in the year.
Good topic. I'm suprised more people haven't commented yet.

appalachian angler
01-19-2006, 10:53 AM
Torn between spring and fall. It's all good :D


01-19-2006, 12:05 PM
Early Spring, I prefer late Feb., early March. I have had some of my best days on the Little River, fishing some of the most popular "swimming holes" this time of the year. Too early for the tubers and rock throwers and the water temps. will allow you to fish just about anything in your box depending on what time of the day you are fishing. Not to mentioned that you do not have to get up all that early, and just fish till dark. Last year I fished a 100 yard stretch just above the "sinks" for 3 hours and landing plenty of eager taking browns, along with the largest that I have taken in the park so far, all on elk hair caddis. I prefer and little "green" on the body of the fly.

I wish I could figure out how to post the picture, hope to soon.

01-20-2006, 12:54 AM
i have to say the fall of the year is my favorite time of fishing in the park.

for the last 3 years me and my family have made the GSM our fall break getaway. i work in school and we have fall break...a whole week out.

i take my digital camera with me and pack it in my vest. i take more pics of the scenery than i do of the fish.

i know it can be a bad thing for so many leaves to be falling on the stream while you are trying to fish but i love to see those colors......

01-21-2006, 11:57 PM

For catching, mid spring to early summer. For fishing, definitely early-mid fall, just before the "leafers" arrive. From that point through the color peak, it's my camera, not my fly rod, that sees the most action.

But, as AA so appropriately put it, it's all good!

The Principal
01-23-2006, 01:06 PM
The best time for me is anytime I can get up there between Vollyball, Football,
Basketball, Softball, and Baseball games. It dosen't matter what time off year.
It's just when there is time period to go.

Rog 1
01-23-2006, 01:08 PM
My favorite time is ANY time I can get up there....I am partial to that last week in Sept. and first couple of weeks of October.
You usually get a break from the heat, school is back in session and the leafers have not invaded the Park. Will camp from Sunday to Friday and the place is almost vacant. Dry flies still work and you can still wet wade.

01-23-2006, 03:51 PM
My favorite time is late late fall to early winter and early spring is right up there too. Less crowds on the water (tubbers and such) and somewhat less fishing pressure. But really, like the original post said, there really is no "bad" time.

01-23-2006, 05:35 PM
Depends on the stream but Spring from Quill Gordon's in late Feb to the Drakes and the Yellow Sallies appering in April, and into May at higher elevations.

01-24-2006, 11:51 AM
There is something to be said about 4-5inches of snow on the ground in the middle of winter. The fishing is not on fire like the spring but I just love how beautiful everything looks. Fall is ok but the leaves are a pain!! Spring is a great time of year for any fishing.