Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 09/04/2019

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 for another week 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. Yellow Stimulators in particular have also been good lately.

The Caney Fork continues to produce a few fish here and there. Stripers are still thick in the river which isn't helping the trout at all. As long as things stay dry, this will be a viable option. There are a few large fish present if you know where to look. Yesterday's big fish was a 21.5" rainbow caught while sight fishing. Don't expect that every day, but if you're prepared to put in your time, there are good fish to be caught (and released!!!).

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 except, possibly, during early mornings. Weekends are offering some morning windows but crowds will generally be thick as well.

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 for the Smokies

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

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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