Of course, this idea sounds like sunshine and rainbows while you’re planning the attack, but I must warn you, it's not the easiest thing to execute year in and year out. It’s just that natural variables stand in every angler’s way, making it tricky to get on the same bite in the same spot year in and year out. First and foremost, unconventionally high and/or muddy water during this critical time span throws a wrench in the system. The high water spreads the fish out and has the tendency to make everything very inconsistent. The other factor that is impossible to overlook when fishing cold-water river smallies is boat convenience and/or accessibility of those deep holes. The fact of the matter is that nobody wants to chance running their fiberglass bassboat up rocky rapids in order to get to these places, and if you do take a small boat, the level of danger then becomes notably higher for the angler. Taking an accidental dip in freezing river is very bad, but that’s just part of the risk when mixing small boats in current. So that leaves a small temperamental window of opportunity to take advantage of this late season smalliefest. But if you hit it just right, like during a low-water fall day, you might find yourself sitting on a big smallie gold mine. In my experiences, I have always been happy when the stars aligned for this pattern to actually come to fruition once every three years. I know the reality too much to just expect an annual onslaught, but rest assured that during those years when it does set up just right around the Thanksgiving Holiday, I am exceptionally thankful, and come back to the table for a hearty dose of smallmouth seconds and thirds. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!