Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 09/04/2019

Fishing has slowed down in some places and heated up in others. Smallmouth bass fishing on the streams of the Cumberland Plateau has been good to excellent while the tailwaters have slowed down somewhat.

In the Smokies, streams are getting low and warm. Stick with mid and high elevation streams for now until we get some rain and cooler weather. Right now it looks like this will probably last for another week although we do have some rain forecast next week. Let's hope that happens! A variety of bugs are working here, but lean heavily on your terrestrial box. Yellow Stimulators in particular have also been good lately.

The Caney Fork continues to produce a few fish here and there. Stripers are still thick in the river which isn't helping the trout at all. As long as things stay dry, this will be a viable option. There are a few large fish present if you know where to look. Yesterday's big fish was a 21.5" rainbow caught while sight fishing. Don't expect that every day, but if you're prepared to put in your time, there are good fish to be caught (and released!!!).

The Clinch seems to be in the middle of the annual late summer drawdown of Norris Lake. High water will be the norm here for the next few weeks. If you don't have a boat, then don't bother except, possibly, during early mornings. Weekends are offering some morning windows but crowds will generally be thick as well.

Fall fishing is not far off. The Clinch should fish well unless we have a wet fall. Sometime between mid October and early November, we should see flows start to come down. The Smokies are my personal favorite for fall fishing. The fish will be hungry and maybe even looking up!

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Monday, January 14, 2008

Getting Ready

Spring is just around the corner and since I'm in school and unable to fish as much as I would like, I'm working on preparing for the next season by tying flies and planning trips. Just in time to help out with the preparation, James Marsh is adding some new material to his Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains site.

My favorite addition is definitely the new "Hatches Made Easy" section that is still being constructed on a daily basis. Many Smokies fisherman often stick to a few standard patterns and while they may do well most of the time, there's always slow times and of course, always the chance for improvement. Paying closer attention to what the fish are really keyed on will help improve your success on the stream...

1 comment:

  1. ijsouth10:49 PM

    Man, I'm having a hard time waiting for Spring already, especially since I know that, between now and then, I have a ton of work to do on the servers at the office. If I'm not in a padded cell by March, I'll have everything primed for another trip to the Smokies. The good news is, at least down here, there have been a lot of diversions to break up the time. We had the BCS title game (geaux Tigers), and believe it or not, we are well into the Carnival season - Mardi Gras is VERY early this year - two days after the Super Bowl. Once we get past that, there's a long stretch of February and on into March, but come the week after Easter, we'll be there, dappling dries for eager trout. It looks like the water levels will be great, at least compared to last year. All in all, a lot to look forward to.

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