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

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Full Moon, An Eclipse, and Good Fishing


Last night was the last lunar eclipse until 2010. Naturally I wondered if the fish would be at all affected by the phenomena but was too busy trying to take pictures of the eclipse to go fishing. Unfortunately I still don't have a good zoom lens for my DSLR but still had fun trying to get some pictures.



Today was supposed to be one of the top fishing days of the month based on the solunar fishing tables so at the last minute I decided to run down to my new fishing hole and try my luck. The fishing was solid, not great but definitely worth the trip. Here's a few pictures from the afternoon...

4 comments:

  1. Tubakka12:59 AM

    No kidding dude. I don't totally believe in solunar tables, but if they coincide with great frontal conditions, hey bring it on. WEnt today with a buddy on the Caney from 9-5 chuckin' gamakatsu tacos [jerkbaits]. Took 73 total, all but about 15 below 14", and a good 15 of those between 16"-19". Ironically, alot of the larger fish were rainbows...except for teh 24 1/2" brown I nailed. Be happy to take you out sometime man. I think generation is key to big fish, at least the monsters. Still gotta work the kinks out though.

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  3. Andy, I'll definitely sign up sometime in the next few days when I get some time... Great site...

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  4. Nice site guys. I truly believe that the solunar tables play a part in fish activity, but like anything else it is only one variable that comes into play. Depending on the body of water, time of year, and fish species there are so many variables to be considered that it seems foolish to base an entire fishing trip solely on the moon phase.

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