Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 10/17/2018

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.

Brook and brown trout are now moving into the open to spawn. During this time of year, please be extremely cautious about wading through gravel riffles and the tailouts of pools. If you step on the redd (nest), you will crush the eggs that comprise the next generation of fish. Please avoid fishing to actively spawning fish and let them do their thing in peace.

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

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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