Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 10/4/2018

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.

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

Friday, December 05, 2008

Midges: Tiny Bugs for Large Trout

Midges are extremely important as a trout food on many waters around the country. My buddy Trevor Smart told me about this amazing video from Ralph and Lisa Cutter which shows the various stages of the midge life cycle.

These insects are particularly important as we enter the coldest months of the year. On many days, midges may be one of the only things hatching and to be successful, a good fisherman will be sure and carry the appropriate patterns to match the hatch. Soon I'll be sharing some of my favorite midge patterns including how to fish them. Until then, enjoy this video...

6 comments:

  1. David,
    I was just about to do a little write up about midges on my blog as well. It is the time of year when us tailwater guys have midges on the brain. Thanks for the video, that is pretty good stuff.

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  2. Amazing footage of the tiny bugs life cycle. Thanks for posting it, it was great.

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  3. Green Weenie7:20 AM

    Makes you wonder why they ever take our imitations. They look and move nothing like the real thing.

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  4. I tried to find a link to an excellent article by the Cutters in the latest issue of Fly Fisherman magazine, but couldn't find one that worked (kept linking to a video on Abel reels). Anyway, pick up a copy and check out the article on page 44. Great pics and text. I'm pondering how to create the ultimate subsurface midge emerger and I think I've got an idea....

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  5. hey david thx for comments. ya i am way excited for the next couple of years coming, with the tonto creek restoration going on and fossil creek opening to catch and release next year! christopher creek has a healthy population of browns! i love that creek. im going there again cause i spooked a brute of a brown and i know right where he is!

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  6. hey david thx for comments. ya i am way excited for the next couple of years coming, with the tonto creek restoration going on and fossil creek opening to catch and release next year! christopher creek has a healthy population of browns! i love that creek. im going there again cause i spooked a brute of a brown and i know right where he is!

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