Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 02/25/2018

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

Monday, August 27, 2007

Rocky Mountain High...


The opportunity to go to Rocky Mountain National Park during West Trip 2007 was one that I couldn't miss. Until recently, Rocky Mountain was on the list of parks that I had not visited. Not now...I can officially check it off the list. Trail Ridge Road was everything I expected and then some. The sweeping vistas that can be taken in on this high-elevation road are enough in themselves.

Fishing in the Park was only a bonus...


I wet a line in a couple different streams and came up with a couple brookies and several browns. I missed way more fish than I caught, mainly because I was so caught up in the scenery.


The local wildlife was too bold, I can only assume this little guy was looking for a handout. Probably because too many tourists were feeding it, illegally I might add.


The sunset was spectacular, I'll let the picture tell the rest...

2 comments:

  1. Gerry Romer10:07 PM

    Boy did that bring back some memories. In my wasted youth, I used to make between 3 and 6 trips a year to Estes Park. Haven't been out there since June '78 when my best friends got married in the park.

    I've driven over the top on Trail Ridge in all but the worst weather and it is a spectacular trip.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I only wish that I had been into flyfishing all those years ago. Especially since I've seen the monsters you and Trevor tied into.

    Gerry

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  2. Gerry, I've seen pictures and even video of the views from Trail Ridge Road but was still completely unprepared for the awesome scenery up there! The fishing wasn't bad in the park although the largest was a brown that was maybe 13 inches. It slammed a hopper though as did the smaller guys...I'll take that any day...

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