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Joe Humphreys, Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser

Joe Humphreys, Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser will be in Townsend all at the same time in May. They will be here to help celebrate Troutfest, which will be one of the premier outdoor fly fishing events in the East. This is the Great Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Exposition. There will be free seminars and demonstrations held all weekend long. Exhibitors will include most of the larger fly fishing tackle manufacturers, fly shops, guides, wildlife artists, non-profit organizations, Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff and Trout Unlimited will hold it's Annual Regional Meeting the same weekend in Townsend. A huge banquet will be held Friday night May 14th. The Expo will follow on Saturday and Sunday May 15th & 16th. Read more about this event HERE.

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Tying the Muskrat Nymph
by Steve Yates

This is a perfect time for Steve to write about this fly. It is Spring, there are some hatches but right now, trout prefer the dropper because the water is cold and they are lethargic. Use this fly as a dropper off your Quill Gordon or Blue Quill and get results. Read Steve's Article HERE.
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Spring Rainbow Trout
Spring Trout Fishing
by Gary McCown
Here is some good advice from Gary. You will also find some interesting fly patterns in his article. Gary has been fly fishing here for decades. Read more about his experiences HERE.
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It’s Spring

Finally!  We are transforming from one of the coldest and wettest winters we can remember here, to the sound of birds chirping or gobbling and of course aquatic insects hatching.  We will soon see wildflowers covering the ground in the Smokies.  We will watch as trees begin to grow new leaves.  We will smell the change, and of course feel it.  We have been waiting for this moment for a long time.

This is the time, right now, that fly fishermen, especially trout fishermen have been waiting for.  And, baring any unforeseen cold fronts, it’s here.  Already Quill Gordons and Blue Quills are on the water in the Smokies.  That alone puts us all in a better mood.  Trout are eating these bits of food right from the surface today.  The Spring feeding event is not in full swing by any means.  But you can catch trout in the Smokies on a dry fly.  We like that.

The water is still chilly.  The heavy accumulation of snow is melting and filtering into the stream headwaters.  Rain is adding more flow in addition to the snow melt.  If we don’t get a lot of rain which would blow the streams out, or a cold snap, fishing will be good for the remainder of March.

So, what should you do?  First, dry fly fishing should be better later in the day.  Second, select mayfly patterns that are gray in color.  The early mayfly hatches are gray in color.  You will see Quill Gordons and Blue Quills.  You will also see some Blue Wing Olives that are a gray to greenish gray color. Sizes vary.  You can cover any hatch with gray flies in sizes #10 down to #20.  Hey, that’s a lot of sizes.  Try this:  Have some #12 and #14 Quill Gordons, Smaller Blue Qulls in #16 and BWO’s in #18.  That should be good enough.  You can also use an Adams or Parachute Adams in all sizes down to #20. 

Drop a wet fly or nymph about 16” off your dry.  The easy way is to tie some tippet to the hook bend of your dry fly using an “Improved Clinch Knot”.  Tie on the nymph or wet fly to the end of that tippet.  So, you have a dry fly, which also functions as a strike indicator.  The trout may take the dry fly or the nymph/wet fly. For the dropper I would use a Quill Gordon wet fly or a Bead Head Pheasant Tail.  I would choose a #16 or #18 Pheasant Tail. As usual, stay low and hide. If the water is low and clear, use light tippet, 5X or 6X.

Wear subdued clothing that blends in.  Make accurate casts into feeding lanes and get a good drift.  Try not to wade much and don’t wade where you think trout will be lying. This is a good start for a great time fishing in the Smokies streams during this early Spring.  Have fun!

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