Guided Trips


High flows continue across the area but trends are definitely down. A recent cold snap broke the ongoing heatwave so fishing in the mountains has slowed dramatically. Right on schedule, some of our tailwaters should begin returning to more normal flows for this time of year meaning float trips are certainly possible.

For the Smokies, a warming trend should commence as we go into next week. By mid week the fishing should be decent before the next cold front returns us back to winter again. On warmer days, look for midges and possibly winter stoneflies hatching. Some blue-winged olives will be possible on foul weather days as we head towards February. The best fishing is still a few weeks out, but no longer feels like an eternity. Expect good spring hatches to start in late February or early March with blue quills and quill gordons along with little black caddis and early brown and black stones. By April, things will be settling down with the pinnacle of spring fishing usually happening from mid April through the month of May.

On our area tailwaters, high water continues to be the story. The Caney Fork still has at least a couple of weeks of high flows and that is assuming we don't get any more heavy rainfall. This time of year, that is asking a lot. The high water is good for one thing, however. Shad. Yes, the cold months are prime time to try and hit the famed shad kill and catch a monster brown trout. Same thing goes for the Clinch.

Speaking of the Clinch, the good news is that flows are scheduled to begin dropping tomorrow. A steady two generators will feel like low water after the recent period of two generators plus sluicing. Two generators opens up some nymphing possibilities in addition to our favorite winter pastime, stripping streamers for monsters.

The musky streams are settling into fine shape and will be an option moving forward as well. Remember that bouts of high water will get them stained or even muddy for a few days, but as flows come down the fishing should pick back up.

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Saturday, September 01, 2007

The Fun Continues!

Just as promised, I have taken time away from toiling over a textbook to bring you more on West Trip 2007. While I still have a post or two about Colorado, it is time to focus on Yellowstone for awhile.

We arrived in the park on August 6, 2007 and made our way to the Northeast corner to find a camp. We decided on Pebble Creek which turned out to be an excellent decision. After setting up camp and being lazy for awhile, it was time to catch that first Yellowstone trout of the trip. Being 100 feet from Pebble Creek made the decision easy (and the fact that the afternoon closures on the larger streams was in effect). It didn't take long to get that first Yellowstone Cutt and several others, most being 5-6 inches.

After being spoiled by all the hogs in Colorado, we wanted something at least a bit larger so we wandered up the road towards the upper portion of Soda Butte above Icebox Canyon where the closure was not in effect. We soon found a few fish that were a bit more respectable before wandering back towards camp to make some supper.

After eating, we just had to go find some pigs so we went to Trout Lake. Everything I had read about this lake indicated the fish were generally of good size. Upon arrival, we found the lake to have a bit of chop on the surface making spotting fish difficult. However, after awhile it calmed down and we were spotting some monsters. Some fairly large speckled cream midges were coming off but I had nothing in my box to match. I knew that the fish were probably taking midges under the surface though so I tied on a zebra midge and was soon sight casting over a nice Cutthroat. Many casts later, the fish ate solidly. Surprisingly, I had already got this fish to eat twice but had not stung it yet. The gorgeous fish soon came to hand and posed for a brief picture before it swam away.

That wrapped up the first day in the park but we had only begun...


  1. Nice river and good captures ! I like specially the first trout. This type of trout is not in Spain.

  2. nice photos you've shown and great writings too, maybe one day we can get together for some creek wading in my old neck of the woods. I live in between sparta and crossville and love wading creeks when I have time. Come visit my site and links and lets exchange links ( ). There's two sites here and I think you'll enjoy the links too, some of which are fishing like yours. I just haven't wrote about my fishing much but definately plan to after hunting season is over.

  3. I've already added you to my two post so keep up the great writings and photos and hope to see you soon.Fishing is where I started young in life some 40 years ago and I still enjoy it today-- so relaxing and stress relieveing is it?

  4. Jorge, those Cutthroat trout are indeed beautiful fish. The picture is too dark to tell but the bottom fish is also a Cutthroat...

    Deerslayer, its great to see another blogger from the Crossville area! We probably live close to each other actually as I live out that direction from town (when I'm not off at school that is). I briefly checked your blogs and will do so more as I have time, they look great! Fishing is indeed relaxing for me and is one of the big reasons I go. I actually haven't fished too many of the local streams but I've been wanting to explore a bit more for some smallmouth bass...

  5. Good post and a nice blog! It is good to see a young guy as crazy about the outdoors as I have been all of my life. Check out my blog Outdoor Odyssey, We should swap links.

    Be careful, if you fish too much, your grades may suffer. Mine did!

  6. Jon,

    My grades have unfortunately been affected on occasion due to fishing....but it was worth it!!! I briefly checked your blog and liked what I saw. I'll be checking it out more as I have time...keep up the good work!



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