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

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. Anonymous2:16 PM

    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. Anonymous8:05 PM

    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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