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

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Where Should I Go Fishing?

Our latest poll will allow you to decide what kind of fishing report you want to see. My October break is just around the corner and I'll have a week off to do whatever I want. I'll probably try to fish at least two different locations over this break. Help me decide at least one of those locations from the options provided or reply here to suggest another that is not far from East Tennessee. Just vote in the new poll to let me know where I should go...

7 comments:

  1. Another suggestion would be Nantahala and/or the tuck. DH starts Oct. 1st. NC license is CHEAP, and from what Daniel says, the year license is valid 365 days from date of purchase!

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  2. David,
    I would say the Cumberland. The browns should be in prespawn, makes me think of the SoHo from last year. I plan on being there the second weekend in Oct. Don't know yet where I will be staying, probably camping below the dam.

    Travis

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  3. Travis, I'm looking at heading up to camp there as well. I can't believe I haven't fished it yet and should go ahead and just try it out...

    Trevor, I've thought about trying the Nantahala this year but don't know if I feel like driving that far. Its a bit of a haul from Crossville so it would have to be a camping/fishing trip...

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  4. ijsouth8:59 PM

    My vote is for the Smokies...you've caught enough big fish for one year...;)

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  5. Scratch the Caney and Smokies off your list. Try something different...like the Cumby.

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  6. Ijsouth, if you go to the Smokies it will be a big fish trip into the backcountry somewhere...

    Dog, I'm about 95% sure that I will try the Cumberland at least once this break...I'm excited!

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  7. ijsouth8:03 PM

    Just funnin' with ya ;) I know you like to target those big browns; one day, probably when I'm retired and am living up there full-time, I'll have the time to do the same. Right now, every trip has a large clock ticking in the background, so we have to concentrate on the "easy" fish...which means the smaller ones, for the most part. However, this last trip I was able to make myself pass up marginal areas, and I concentrated on the better areas...my numbers and average size went up, topped with a couple of 8 inch brookies and a 9 inch bow, all from a very small stream.

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