Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 08/16/2019

Fishing has slowed down in some places and heated up in others. Smallmouth bass fishing on the streams of the Cumberland Plateau has been good to excellent while the tailwaters have slowed down somewhat.

In the Smokies, streams are getting low and warm. Stick with mid and high elevation streams for now until we get some rain and cooler weather. Right now it looks like this will probably last until the end of the month although we do have some rain forecast next week. Let's hope that happens! A variety of bugs are working here, but lean heavily on your terrestrial box.

The Caney Fork in particular has been tough the last few days. A combination of factors has been hard on the river including striped bass which eat a tremendous number of trout. Overall fishing pressure has also contributed to tough fishing. Those fish have become educated!!! Think small on your midges and you should at least find a few trout.

The Clinch seems to be in the middle of the annual late summer drawdown of Norris Lake. High water will be the norm here for the next few weeks. If you don't have a boat, then don't bother.

Fall fishing is not far off. The Clinch should fish well unless we have a wet fall. Sometime between mid October and early November, we should see flows start to come down. The Smokies are my personal favorite for fall fishing. The fish will be hungry and maybe even looking up!

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year? Maybe...

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year? Maybe...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Caney Float

First Fish of the Day (Photo by Brett Romer)


Last week during my break I had the opportunity to float with Brett (from The Trout Addiction) and Gerry Romer in Brett's sweet Hyde. It was an absolutely incredible day on the water with several very nice fish boated and a few more lost. I hooked the largest rainbow I've had on in the Caney but unfortunately lost it a few minutes into the fight. The fish would have been an easy 20 inches and possibly even a couple more. Needless to say I was pretty bummed but we found more than enough fish to make up for it.



Brett Romer Photo


Chunky Brown (Brett Romer Photo)


Brett let me have some time behind the oars since I've been wanting to give it a shot. I've gotta say that he makes it look a lot easier than it was for me. I'm sure if I have more time behind the oars it will become easier but it took a lot of thought and effort to even pretend to keep the boat pointed in the right direction.

The strange thing about the day was that fishing was best during the first half of the day. Later on things slowed down dramatically until it basically went dead up to around the last half hour or so of daylight when things picked up again.


The Caney is fishing fairly well but will be much better in another couple of months. Winter is my favorite time on the river largely because the cold weather keeps down the boat traffic. I'm thinking a wade trip might be in order for this weekend on either the Caney or the Cumberland so stay tuned for that information...




Yet Another Brown (Brett Romer Photo)

Beautifully Colored Brown (Gerry Romer Photo)

I just want to give a big shout out to the Romer's for a great day on the river! I seriously owe Brett since he did the vast majority of the rowing allowing me to fish most of the way...thanks again Brett!

4 comments:

  1. Hey there! I am a fellow East Tn Fly Fisherman. I live in Cleveland Tn, near the Hiwassee.

    I found your site while I was searching info on the Caney. I'm going to be on the river this Saturday for a wading trip. I've never been before. Planning to get there at daybreak.

    Do you have any suggestions for flies to use?

    You can respond here or email me at thewaywardsaint@gmail.com

    My blog is nowhere as good as yours yet, but you can check it out at http://troutsaint.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for any help you can give! If you come up to the Hiwassee anytime, feel free to contact me.

    Rob

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  2. Rob, you should have a great time on the Caney. The only potential fly in the ointment is that a major front is coming through Friday and there's never any guarantee what that will do to the fish...

    As far as flies, I would be fishing midges, scuds/sowbugs, and egg patterns... My favorite Caney rig is a dry with a zebra midge dropped around 18" beneath. Black thread with copper bead and wire and black thread with silver bead and wire are often good and I usually fish #18-#20 zebra midges... Be ready for some surprising takes on the dry...

    If you need some more specifics feel free to shoot me an email which you can find under my profile...

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  3. hey buddy nice blog! never seen or herd much about tennesse trout fishing, looks impresive. love brown trout! if you want to i got a blog for arizona flyfishing. for the small amout of it we do! check it out let me know what you think. thanks fourcornerflyfishing@blogspot.com

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  4. David,
    Once again another very good report and some nice fish. Give me a call in the next month or so if you feel like heading up to the NE part of the state or if you want to head over to the Clinch.

    Travis

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