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

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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