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, March 24, 2008

Nothin' Much

That's basically what's been going on with me in the realm of fishing. I've been swamped with school-related stuff for the last several days and it looks like things aren't going to get any better until late Wednesday (big test that afternoon). Thursday looks to be a good day to fish though so I'll probably be heading out to either the HI or maybe the Tennessee River again. The next couple of weekends WILL include some type of fishing and most likely trout unless it rains a lot and the rivers/streams are all blown out.

I've been so busy that I haven't even taken the time to tie any flies for awhile. This warm weather has me thinking about fishing dry flies, and I need to tie a lot of those before I fish anymore. Hopefully that will start happening soon...

Anyway, check back soon in the next few days as spring has arrived in East Tennessee, and I'll be out there trying to make the most of it.

3 comments:

  1. ijsouth10:12 PM

    The fish were there, and hitting dries, even though the water was a bit on the cool side. We left Thursday, but not before hitting Lynn Camp and catching some nice fish. The water temp finally got above 50, and the flies and the rising fish appeared. If there are no more cool snaps, the fishing will really turn on - we're going to have to come back for a quick weekend of fishing next month.

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  2. ijsouth, glad you had a good trip! I've been missing the park so I'll probably head up on a day trip this week and then in a couple of weeks I'll be up there for the weekend... Maybe I'll run into you up there...

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  3. ijsouth9:54 PM

    We might go back up sometime next month...have to get through soccer season the next few weeks first. If we head up for a weekend, you can bet we'll probably hit Road Prong at some point - that's daughter #1's favorite stream.

    One thing I noticed - even with water temps in the mid 40s, the brookies were looking up. By the same token, no rainbows showed up, either on dries or nymphs, until our last day (Thursday), and naturally that was the warmest day. It's obvious that the brookies like the colder water better. Also, even though I saw some spent quill gordons on the water, I didn't see any takers on them. When I did see fish rise, I couldn't see what they were feeding on. I had my best success on size #16-18 Mr Rapidan dries.

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