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

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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