Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 02/25/2018

Things have changed a lot since the last report. Unseasonably warm weather has kicked off the first hatches of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains while an extremely wet February means all of the tailwaters are blown out across middle and east Tennessee.

If you want to fish in the Smokies, nymphs and streamers will be your best bet unless you encounter a hatch. In that case, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons should be in your arsenal as well as Blue-winged Olives.

For now, just forget about the tailwaters in the short term. continued rain means it will be at least another month before the tailwaters are fishable again. With luck, we can start thinking about some streamer float trips on the Caney Fork in mid to late March, although that may be optimistic. In the meantime, head for the mountains and enjoy chasing the wild trout there.

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

New Endeavors


Redeye caught by my cousin, Nathan Stanaway

As implied in the name of this blog, I prefer to catch trout most of the time. Other game fish have demanded my attention from time to time, and with the recent high gas prices, I've taken to fishing for more warm water species. The one thing I haven't done much of is fishing for smallmouth. Sure, I've intended to target them for awhile now but just haven't gotten around to it...until now that is.

This past Sunday I decided to try something different. Small stream fishing will always be special to me since that is how I learned to fish. Here in Chattanooga, there are lots of small streams around the area and I finally tried one out. The results were good and the potential was unreal. I'm not going to name any names so you can put your atlas up, but let's just say that for the size of this stream there are some BIG smallies present.

According to rumor, the fishing only gets better the higher you go up the creek so you'll probably be hearing more on this location soon. In the meantime, here are a couple pictures from the day. All my fish came on beadhead Simi Seal Leech patterns in crawdad colors. The best fish of the day was a smallie of around 12 inches that escaped at my feet before a picture could be taken. Even that fish would have been bait for some of the ones that never got stuck in the first place...but they will soon...

3 comments:

  1. nstanaway9:38 PM

    I'm back.. i guess i just forgot how much fun fishing really is! fish beware.. its tag team time

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  2. I'm going tomorrow!

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  3. Fishing IS fun indeed...you need to come fish more often...when are we going?

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