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

Monday, February 16, 2009

Poll: Tailwaters Vs. Small Streams

Our last poll was about the water type you normally fish. Now I'm wondering what types of reports you enjoy seeing and reading about. I fish tailwaters a lot because they are closer than the Smoky Mountains but I enjoy fishing in the mountains more because of the solitude. Let me know what your preference is. Do you like seeing pictures and stories of tailwater trout or smaller fish and scenery from the mountains? The poll is on the right side of this page so click on your choice and then the "vote" button...

7 comments:

  1. It is very difficult to choose, but if I had to do it I would choose fishing in the mountain because of the wonderful sights and the few places to put the fly ( in big rivers I think I have too much water to fish).
    But here where I live there is no problem because we are allowed to fish in mountain waters only from May to July, when the tailwater rivers are full and dangerous.
    Greetings from Spain. Fernando.

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  2. Fernando, I prefer fishing in the mountain streams. I plan on doing it a lot more in the upcoming weeks so hopefully I'll have some good pictures of scenery...

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  3. Oh man... going to abstain from this vote-- I like all three categories. I love seeing pictures of the pigs that you haul out of the tailwaters but the scenery of the mountains is unbeatable...

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  4. Well yet another adventure in the deep mountain streams of the Southeast. The hunt for the elusive 'old grundy' continues as eager and dedicated followers of the craft search high and low in the forested backwaters. May the hunt yield a wealth of nature's treasure.

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  5. In southern California we mostly fish tailwaters, because if you want to get on a good mountain stream your looking at a good 3-4 hour drive versus only a 1-2 drive at the most to get to over 15 different tailwaters. Keep up the work on the blog!

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  6. John! You must join me on the search sometime...

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  7. ijsouth6:05 PM

    No question, it's the small streams in the mountains.

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