Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 10/17/2017

Fishing is excellent in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park now. We have had a couple of shots of rain the last week and a half which has helped keep the streams flowing strong for this time of year. The cool overnight temperatures will get the brown and brook trout seriously thinking about spawning. Please be careful this time of year and avoid walking on fine sand and gravel in riffles and tailouts. Leave the spawning trout alone so they can do their thing. When you find brook or brown trout that aren't spawning, they are aggressive and looking to feed. Recent guide trips on brook trout waters have been anywhere from good to excellent. Streams with rainbows and browns have been excellent as well. There are good numbers of fish to be caught in the Park right now!

A variety of bugs have been hatching lately. On cloudy days, Blue-winged Olives have hatched along with some other small mayflies. Various caddis, including the Great Autumn Brown Sedges (often referred to as October Caddis by locals) are hatching and provide a nice bite for the trout. Little Black stoneflies are hatching as well. Fish are eating both dry fly and nymph imitations and even still hitting some terrestrials. Don't forget your beetle, ant, and inchworm fly box. A Parachute Adams or Yellow or Orange Stimulator should work well for a dry fly. Smaller bead head Pheasant Tail nymphs should work as a dropper. Caddis pupa are also catching a lot of fish as are stonefly nymphs.

On the Caney Fork, things have been tough lately. The river has been running warmer than is normal this time of year because of heavy generation earlier this year and also with a stain due to the sluice gate operations. Work has been underway to install vented turbines on the generators and they have been working to try and tweak them to improve dissolved oxygen. One day, we were floating and they were checking the DO and found it at 1.5 ppm. If I remember correctly, the minimum target is 6 ppm. Obviously 1.5 is way too low. Trout were sitting along the banks and in back eddies gasping for oxygen. Hopefully all of this won't have too much of a long term effect on the fishery, but needless to say, things are a bit difficult as of right now. Cooler weather should help. Once the lake turns over, oxygen and clarity will improve quickly.

The Clinch River has been fishing well if you can hit it on low water days. Small nymphs and midges will get the job done here.

Smallmouth bass are about done for the year, but we will be back out on the musky streams again soon looking for the toothy critters. This is tough fishing, but the rewards can be sizable.

Photo of the Month: Night Time Hog

Photo of the Month: Night Time Hog

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Two Days, Two Rivers and a 24 Incher!!!

This past weekend I was home visiting the family so I had to fish the Caney on Sunday. I arrived at the river and noticed that there was not a lot of activity, at least where I first took a gander. However, upriver there seemed to be a few fish working. The dry with a zebra midge came out and I was soon casting, covering the usual places without any results. "The fish must be holding in deeper water" I thought. As low as the water levels were, this made perfect sense. I moved up to some deeper holes and soon hooked up...and then again, and again, and again....it was one of those days where it seems you can't do any wrong. Lots of very healthy 12-16 inch fish were attacking my fly consistently, often as soon as it hit the water. I moved 3-4 large fish (18-20 inches) but couldn't get a solid hookup. Later in the day, the generation pulse caught up with me and I decided to try my hand at ripping streamers (something I never do). This proved to be the ticket as the brownies all wanted to play. One monster swirled on my fly but wouldn't hit again. I called it a day soon after having lost caught how many fish I hooked. Hopefully I will find the time to return sometime soon with my canoe. I can only imagine how many good fish could be caught floating the pulse and flinging heavy stuff.

Yesterday, I woke up and wasn't feeling good enough to attend classes. Thankfully, I wasn't so sick that I couldn't fish so I drove up to the Hiwassee for a couple of hours. Things were fairly active here as well with lots of Hendricksons hatching the whole time I was there. The fish were responding enthusiastically but unfortunately I didn't have a good match with me. This WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN!!! Thankfully, a small red copper John seemed to do the trick for the nymphs and I caught several nice fish. My best catch came when I saw the 24 incher swimming slowly across a large pool. Hooked up on the third cast but it turned out to be foul hooked.... After a surprisingly short battle I brought the nice snake to hand and released it. Hopefully it will be able to grow larger, providing someone else with some entertainment....

In other more exciting news, I have a new camera on the way. It is waterproof and will hopefully allow some excellent underwater pictures to be available for use on this blog. I should have it in a couple of weeks at most so stay tuned for some great new pictures!!!

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