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

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Favorite Fly Line

Our new poll is about fly lines. I'm wondering which brand everyone prefers to use. Personally I've been using the SA Mastery Trout lines for awhile but decided to try out the Rio Gold on my 5 weight. So far it has only seen action on the water once, but it seems like a good line. So, what brand are you using the most?

6 comments:

  1. I like the Wulff Triangle Taper lines a lot.

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  2. I have 2 rods with Orvis Wonderline and 2 with Rio Grand. Think I prefer the Wonderline.

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  3. Loofah, I've heard a lot of people talking about the Wulff TT lines and everyone has nothing but good things to say about them. I haven't tried them yet but may have to soon. What type of fishing do you primarily use them for or are they good lines for all applications?

    Travis, I had a couple wonderlines a few years ago and didn't have particularly good luck with them. They tended to crack a lot sooner than other lines I've had, usually after only 5-6 months and I didn't fish as much back then as I do now. Perhaps they have that worked out now though...

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  4. I had a wonderline once and had the same problem, it cracked and got extremely stiff in 6 months. I've had a few different SA lines; seem to last right at one year. my cortland 555 line is well over a year now and is in about as good shape as when I first bought it!

    I have to add, I'm pretty lazy about cleaning my fly line, and would probably get better wear out of them if I did.

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  5. Trevor, I've had the same thing with the SA lines. I love them but they only hold up for about a year. Maybe I'll have to try the Cortland...

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  6. I got a Rio Gold recently (#5), and I absolutely love it...

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