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

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Tying Like Crazy

The next two days are going to involve a lot of fly tying. I have not really started preparing for my trip to Colorado as far as flies go so I need to catch up. Tonight I started on two dozen Copper Johns and did a test run of an epoxy mysis shrimp. I've already tied a few Charlie's Mysis and big salmonfly nymphs. Right now I want to tie up a dozen or so epoxy mysis patterns, two dozen Copper Johns, one-two dozen salmonfly adult patterns, and several more salmonfly nymphs. I also need to tie some hoppers and cicadas for the Green River. Thankfully my midge box is currently full so while I'll probably tie a few, I won't have to be stressing about that. Last but not least, I still have to crank out a few flies for targeting pike and maybe a few streamers for trout as well. Yep, I'm gonna be busy for a couple of days...

If I manage somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-8 dozen flies I'll be fairly happy...and of course there's always the picnic table tying sessions that are as much a part of these trips as catching fish is... In the next day or two I plan on posting some pictures of the flies I've been tying and maybe even give a couple of recipes. For those that are curious about the midges that do well out there, check back to my story about "Tiny Flies" including the micro-tubing midge.

2 comments:

  1. Where are you headed? I would also have some caddis pupa on hand.

    Juan

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  2. Juan, right now it looks like we're going to focus on the Taylor, Gunnison, and Green Rivers but will likely hit the Frying Pan and maybe the Roaring Fork as well...thanks for the tip on the caddis...I'll tie up a few of those as well.

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