Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 10/4/2018

Fishing continues to be good to excellent in the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. 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 Yellow Quills are still hanging on in the mid to high elevation brook trout water although not for long. October caddis (more properly, great autumn sedges) are hatching in good numbers now on the North Carolina side of the Park and just starting on the Tennessee side. Terrestrials still have a place in your fly box as well although they are definitely winding down for the year. 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. Brook trout are still eating smaller yellow dry flies as well. 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.

Our tailwaters are still cranking although the Caney is finally starting to come down. I'm hoping to get some type of a report for there soon. 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 are holding off for 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. 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 and one or two in October. 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, 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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