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, 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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