Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 10/4/2018

Fishing continues to be good to excellent in the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. Delayed harvest streams are also being stocked and fishing well in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.

In the Smokies, fall bugs are in full swing. We have been seeing blue-winged olives almost daily although they will hatch best on foul weather days. They are small, typically running anywhere from #20-#24 although a few larger ones have also shown up. A few Yellow Quills are still hanging on in the mid to high elevation brook trout water although not for long. October caddis (more properly, great autumn sedges) are hatching in good numbers now on the North Carolina side of the Park and just starting on the Tennessee side. Terrestrials still have a place in your fly box as well although they are definitely winding down for the year. Isonychia nymphs, caddis pupa, and BWO nymphs will get it done for your subsurface fishing. Have some October Caddis (#12) and parachute BWO patterns (#18-#22) for dry flies and you should be set. Brook trout are still eating smaller yellow dry flies as well. Not interested in matching the hatch? Then fish a Pheasant Tail nymph under a #14 Parachute Adams. That rig can catch fish year round in the Smokies.

Our tailwaters are still cranking although the Caney is finally starting to come down. I'm hoping to get some type of a report for there soon. Stay tuned for more on that. Fishing will still be slow overall with limited numbers of fish in that particular river unfortunately.

The Clinch is featuring high water as they try to catch up on the fall draw down. All of the recent rainfall set them back in this process but flows are now going up to try and make up some of the time lost. It is still fishing reasonably well on high water although we are holding off for the low water of late fall and early winter as it is one of our favorite times to be on the river.

Smallmouth are about done for the year with the cooler weather we are now experiencing. Our thoughts will be turning to musky soon, however. Once we are done with guide trips for the year, we'll be spending more time chasing these monsters.

In the meantime, we still have a few open dates in November and one or two in October. Feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in a guided trip. Thanks!

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Camera!!!


The frenzied pace of the last month of school had prevented me from fishing as much as I would like and has taken a lot of free time, hence the continued lack of updates. However, I just got my new camera a couple of days ago and this was the perfect excuse to go fishing. Being the nearest trout water, the Hiwassee was my destination for an evening on the water.

Caddis were hatching steadily when I arrived with the fish taking notice. As always with this type of fishing, the takes were not subtle. The fish were exploding on the caddis before they could escape to the air. Occasionally fish would jump clear of the water in pursuit of the insects. I fished an experimental pattern I tied recently and it performed very well. The fish were strong and full of fight with several in the 12-13 inch range caught. I spotted some larger heads breaking the surface but couldn't get them to eat. At least I know where to go back and look...

The new camera performed very well. I experimented with the underwater capabilities this camera has and had some decent results (see top picture as well). The camera is the Pentax Optio W30 and is perfect for the fisherman. As long as everything is securely closed, there is not any concern about the camera getting wet if dropped in the water. If there is such thing as a hassle free camera for the fisherman, this is probably it or as close as you're going to find...

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