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

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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