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Old 03-22-2012, 10:43 AM
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Anyone ever fish the Powell River above Norris Lake? I was camping by it earlier this week. It was too high and swift for fishing but curious about it.

Someone told me it was full of smallmouth. I've never river fished for smallies. Any advice? Flies? I appreciate direction anyone is willing to give.

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Old 03-22-2012, 02:10 PM
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I have never fished the Powell, but from what I've read about it, it does has lots of smallmouth and rockbass. I think that since it is located in a more remote area, it receives a lot less pressure, and I'm sure not many fly fishers.
TWRA does have one boat access point on the river and I read that most bridge crossings and some roads along the river, have access pullouts.
since it is a free flowing river , it is controlled by the weather. a hard rain upstream would no doubt blow it out for several days.
There are a few guys (non- fly fisherman) on east tn fishing forum that occasionaly post a report on the Powell.

I would take the usual flies and a 5- 8wt rod., bass leader and 2x tippet, black , yellow, and white poppers in size 4, some green/white and white/white clousers, weighted buggers in black, brown, olive and maybe some zuddlers for something a little different.
This is one of those east tn rivers I want to eventually float and fish myself. good luck and keep us posted how you do.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:17 PM
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Thanks Troutman! It will probably be a little bit before we're back there again. I have a friend with some private property up there so the nice thing is that I have some access others would not. I hope to fish it later in the spring. I've never river fished for smallies so that sounds like it could make for some really fun times.

Do smallies hang out and move like trout in the river or are they on the move like the are in lakes? I don't know anything about their river habits.

When I get back up there, I'll let you know how I do.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:27 PM
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DanielMc, BE CAREFUL! Fly Fishing for Smallies is is quite addictive! I have found that Smallmouth like to hang out near structure like next to the bank. I usually fish from the middle of the river to toward the banks.

I have not fished the Powell before, but I did get to float the upper Clinch a few years ago and it was a blast. Let us know how you do.

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Old 03-23-2012, 04:09 PM
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I've never river fished for smallies so that sounds like it could make for some really fun times.

Do smallies hang out and move like trout in the river or are they on the move like the are in lakes? I don't know anything about their river habits.
There is a lot of great resources in books and videos online for learning more about FF for smallies and how they live within the streams. I look for calmer water below riffles, boulders and rocky bottoms (crayfish), grassy banks (minnows), any streamside structure, logs and depressions to deeper water.
In very slow water, fish the bubble lines and shady banks.

I think one of the best local videos on fishing with poppers is from Ian and Charity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiHvr...4&feature=plcp
One of the things I do differently, is that I like to fish downstream rather than casting upstream as you would for trout. I feel I can get a better presentation this way.
It is fun fishing. not something that you need a lot of flies and rods for. A basic box with some poppers in size 8-4, some streamers for deeper water and early spring fishing, leader and spool of tippet. Many days , I just hang a few flies on my lanyard, with a nipper and tippet and wade the stream. no flybox or net.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:15 PM
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Thanks troutman! That's a lot of helpful information. I'll check out the youtube video sometime soon.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:51 AM
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Daniel, listen to Gary. While I fish differently than Gary. I still target the same places. Don't pass up the riffles, while they usually don't very large fish. It will act as a nurcery for the smaller fish and can be a blast. I usually look at areas with an area with current next to a dead zone or slack water. Those SM can also act like trout so don't disregard what you have learned about trout. Listen to Gary and you'll be fine he has always shared what he knows and has helped many people freely.
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