Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 11/1/2018

Fishing is good in the Smokies and other mountain streams if you can catch it on a day where the wind is minimal. Otherwise, expect lots of leaves in the water for the next few days. Delayed harvest streams are also being stocked and fishing well in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.

In the Smokies, fall bugs are in full swing. We have been seeing blue-winged olives almost daily although they will hatch best on foul weather days. They are small, typically running anywhere from #20-#24 although a few larger ones have also shown up. A few October Caddis are still around as well. Terrestrials are close to being done for the year although we are still seeing a few bees and hornets near the stream. Isonychia nymphs, caddis pupa, and BWO nymphs will get it done for your subsurface fishing. Have some October Caddis (#12) and parachute BWO patterns (#18-#22) for dry flies and you should be set. Not interested in matching the hatch? Then fish a Pheasant Tail nymph under a #14 Parachute Adams. That rig can catch fish year round in the Smokies.

Brook and brown trout are now moving into the open to spawn. During this time of year, please be extremely cautious about wading through gravel riffles and the tailouts of pools. If you step on the redd (nest), you will crush the eggs that comprise the next generation of fish. Please avoid fishing to actively spawning fish and let them do their thing in peace.

Our tailwaters are still cranking although the Caney is finally starting to come down. I'm still hoping to get a firsthand report on the Caney Fork soon although it might be sometime next week or the week after before that happens at the earliest. Stay tuned for more on that. Fishing will still be slow overall with limited numbers of fish in that particular river unfortunately.

The Clinch is featuring high water as they try to catch up on the fall draw down. All of the recent rainfall set them back in this process but flows are now going up to try and make up some of the time lost. It is still fishing reasonably well on high water although we prefer the low water of late fall and early winter as it is one of our favorite times to be on the river.

Smallmouth are about done for the year with the cooler weather we are now experiencing. I caught a few yesterday on the Tennessee River while fishing with guide Rob Fightmaster, but overall the best bite is all but over. Our thoughts will be turning to musky soon, however. Once we are done with guide trips for the year, we'll be spending more time chasing these monsters.

In the meantime, we still have a few open dates in November. Feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in a guided trip. Thanks!

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

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...


6 comments:

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

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  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 ( http://deerhuntingcom.blogspot.com/ ). 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.

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  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?

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  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...

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  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, http://www.jonbryan.com/. We should swap links.

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

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  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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