Guided Trips


Things have changed a lot since the last report. Unseasonably warm weather has kicked off the first hatches of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains while an extremely wet February means all of the tailwaters are blown out across middle and east Tennessee.

If you want to fish in the Smokies, nymphs and streamers will be your best bet unless you encounter a hatch. In that case, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons should be in your arsenal as well as Blue-winged Olives.

For now, just forget about the tailwaters in the short term. continued rain means it will be at least another month before the tailwaters are fishable again. With luck, we can start thinking about some streamer float trips on the Caney Fork in mid to late March, although that may be optimistic. In the meantime, head for the mountains and enjoy chasing the wild trout there.

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

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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