Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 08/16/2019

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 until the end of the month 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.

The Caney Fork in particular has been tough the last few days. A combination of factors has been hard on the river including striped bass which eat a tremendous number of trout. Overall fishing pressure has also contributed to tough fishing. Those fish have become educated!!! Think small on your midges and you should at least find a few trout.

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.

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? Maybe...

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year? Maybe...

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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