Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 09/04/2019

Fishing has slowed down in some places and heated up in others. Smallmouth bass fishing on the streams of the Cumberland Plateau has been good to excellent while the tailwaters have slowed down somewhat.

In the Smokies, streams are getting low and warm. Stick with mid and high elevation streams for now until we get some rain and cooler weather. Right now it looks like this will probably last for another week although we do have some rain forecast next week. Let's hope that happens! A variety of bugs are working here, but lean heavily on your terrestrial box. Yellow Stimulators in particular have also been good lately.

The Caney Fork continues to produce a few fish here and there. Stripers are still thick in the river which isn't helping the trout at all. As long as things stay dry, this will be a viable option. There are a few large fish present if you know where to look. Yesterday's big fish was a 21.5" rainbow caught while sight fishing. Don't expect that every day, but if you're prepared to put in your time, there are good fish to be caught (and released!!!).

The Clinch seems to be in the middle of the annual late summer drawdown of Norris Lake. High water will be the norm here for the next few weeks. If you don't have a boat, then don't bother except, possibly, during early mornings. Weekends are offering some morning windows but crowds will generally be thick as well.

Fall fishing is not far off. The Clinch should fish well unless we have a wet fall. Sometime between mid October and early November, we should see flows start to come down. The Smokies are my personal favorite for fall fishing. The fish will be hungry and maybe even looking up!

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Rain East, Low Flows and Heat West

We predict rain, you get rain. Enough rain fell in the Smokies yesterday to produce a small spike in the flows in Little River. Today's forecast continues to call for rain from today into tomorrow. Currently, NWS radar indicates a broad area of precipitation skirting the boarding of southern Tennessee into Alabama. Let's hope it holds together long enough to reach the mountains. If this verifies and enough rain falls, it might produce at least a temporary reprieve for the trout that have been battling low flows and warm temperatures.

In other news, the rumors I've heard about Yellowstone National Park have been officially confirmed. The National Park Service is asking anglers to help protect Yellowstone’s native and wild trout fisheries by halting fishing in lower elevation waters between noon and 6:00 pm.
It seems that at least some of this is premature as area fly shops are indicating that some of the streams listed on the official press release are still running plenty cool, albeit quite low.

3 comments:

  1. James Marsh5:38 AM

    I read your reports often as I can and enjoy them David. Just wanted to let you know some things I don't see posted on any blogs or site fishing reports.
    Angie and I returned from Yellowstone early due to the conditions in the park. We have spent every July there anyway since 2001 except one. We will return there in Sept thru Oct. It is now worse than here in many places. We have fished the NC side of the park everyday for the last 2 weeks except one day of Dr. visits. The water levels have been some low but not terribly low and the water temps have been good usually 60-64 (high as we have seen there) We fished Eagle, Forney, Hazel, Ochla, and Straight Fork...6 of those days on Straight Fk. It starts in the park at elev 2480. Water runs 61-63.
    Only one of us fishes at a time (other on camera) and never over 4 hours. We have yet to catch less than a dozen and usually many more as much as 35-40 according to my video tape logs. It has been good everywhere. We have been in several rainshowers but no big long heavy downpours. Several hatches have been going on mainly Little BWOs, but some Golden stones, little yellow and green stoneflies and some Eastern BWOs. Thanks for your interesting site. James

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  3. James, thanks for that excellent information! I've been wanting some firsthand info on the NC side of the park... Good to hear Straight Fork is doing well. I fished it for the first time this past spring and was very impressed. It is a great little stream...

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