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

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Still No Fishing: Fall Has Arrived


School is a terrible thing, at least when it interrupts more important things like fishing. I still haven't been fishing since my weekend trip to the Smokies several weeks ago. To keep from going insane, I have still managed to get outside a bit to climb and also to document the change of season. A few pictures of fall here in Tennessee...



The possibility exists for some fishing trips to finally start happening in the near future so check back for a report on that in a few days...

5 comments:

  1. Boooo! All homework and no fishing makes David a dull boy! Just kidding brother! I've been checking your site with frequency and keep seeing "Ridge Holds Strong"....So it's good to see the change...There's not a whole lotta fishing going on around my way either. My days are getting ready to rotate and I'll not be able to get out during those days! So you'll have to get out soon, to make my days not so dull! Hurry up and knock the dust off that Croix! Did you end up buying that Trout Bum?
    ~Brett

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  2. Brett, I haven't bought the Trout Bum yet but if I can figure out how to pay for it, I'll be heading up to LRO to purchase one...that is a sweet rod! I've been enjoying your reports on the SoHo...it looks like you're really getting that river figured out. I'll have to get some ideas from you soon as I'm hoping to head up there around Thanksgiving. I need to catch a big brown!!!

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  3. ijsouth8:42 PM

    We were up in the park this weekend...stunning views, with the exception of some of the streams - we just missed out on the rain. We caught a few, but the fish weren't exactly smashing the flies. I missed more strikes than I care to admit. The traffic was incredible - I didn't see one hotel with a vacancy. That was probably it for us until next spring, although I'm so frustrated at missing those strikes, I'm tempted to head up again around Thanksgiving.

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  4. Ijsouth, the fall is the worst time to try and find a place to stay around the park. I've learned to make my camping reservations at least two months ahead for the peak fall colors season...

    Don't stay away until spring, winter provides some great solitude on the streams although the catching can be slow...

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  5. ijsouth5:58 PM

    Oh, I love the winter in the park...we went up a couple of times last year. But, I have to be practical - with 3 kids in tow, if the action is slow to nonexistant, it's kind of boring for them, which means I would have to take them to Gatlinburg to compensate, which would in turn vaccum out my wallet. Buying that land has dried up any extra money, so I have to save up for our trips.

    I have to admit, it's tough to wait that long...I would love to go up around Thanksgiving - perhaps there will be a chance.

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