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

Sunday, May 24, 2009

This Week

My immediate future doesn't hold a lot of promise as far as fishing is concerned. However it is starting to appear that there may be a chance at fishing the Caney before I head to Colorado. Since it is close and convenient, if the opportunity arises I'll definitely take it. Still, there's no point in getting too excited yet as this is purely speculation with a healthy dose of wishful thinking thrown in for good measure.

Later this week I'll be doing a presentation on midge fishing for Calvary Outfitters over in Murfreesboro. I'll be working over in Nashville for a few days this week and my evenings will probably be dedicated to tying for Colorado 2009 and preparing for the presentation... I have a LOT of salmonfly patterns to tie not to mention all the other random flies that I haven't tied yet.

I just got a new rod that will be used on this trip to chase some pike and maybe throw streamers for big trout. The rod is a TFO TiCr X 9' 7 weight rod and the thing is absolutely a cannon. I threw the whole line (85') out in the yard the first time I strung it up and while 85 feet is not as long as some lines, it was still a first for me, and I'm definitely not a distance caster...

Right now the plan is to leave Tennessee in two weeks. This year I might try to get into town often enough to provide at least a few short updates so you can look forward to reading about the excitement while it happens...

4 comments:

  1. I've just started getting into fly fishing and have been following a number of blogs soaking up as much information as I can. My dad grew up in East Tennessee so your blog is alot of fun to read even though I live about 400-500 miles from the Smokies.

    I am looking at purchasing either a Kayak or Inflatable Pontoon boat. I've never fished (let along fly fished) our of an inflatable pontoon...thought more experienced anglers might. Thoughts?

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  2. I've fished from a kayak and its not too bad. Very maneuverable, sometimes too much so. But on the plus side you can use it to do a lot of other things. I've never used the little pontoon boats, David? have you used pontoons?

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  3. Russ, thanks for checking out my blog! As lungs was saying, kayaks are good to fish out of and lots of fly fisherman like them. I haven't fished out of one of the pontoons but they do offer some advantages over the kayak (there are also disadvantages from what I've read). Will you be mostly fishing on lakes or will it be flowing water? Two nice things about the 'toon is that you can mount a small trolling motor on it to get around quicker and also you can have an anchor for when you find a good hole that you want to stay on...

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  4. I'll mostly be fishing slow current for small mouth. Would consider taking it down south if I can ever get down there. There's also two 7,000 acre reservoirs near my home that produce good largemouth and if I wanted, carp.

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