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

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.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hello,

    A friend of mine referred me to your blog and I think it’s sweet! I’ve been checking it out for awhile and figured I should reach out to you.

    I run a fly fishing community site and many members have submitted their blogs to be pulled into the FFC feed. I’d be very happy to see you do the same.

    Basically you sign up, add your blog URL(s) to your profile, and they start getting pulled into the site. Anytime you make a new post, it shows up on my site. It is simple to do and will definitely increase your readership.

    Please let me know if you’d be willing to sign up and add your blog. http://www.flyfishingcommunity.com

    Thanks!

    Andy

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

    ReplyDelete
  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.

    ReplyDelete

Newsletter

Subscribe to the Trout Zone Anglers Newsletter!

* indicates required