Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 09/04/2019

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 for another week 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. Yellow Stimulators in particular have also been good lately.

The Caney Fork continues to produce a few fish here and there. Stripers are still thick in the river which isn't helping the trout at all. As long as things stay dry, this will be a viable option. There are a few large fish present if you know where to look. Yesterday's big fish was a 21.5" rainbow caught while sight fishing. Don't expect that every day, but if you're prepared to put in your time, there are good fish to be caught (and released!!!).

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 except, possibly, during early mornings. Weekends are offering some morning windows but crowds will generally be thick as well.

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 for the Smokies

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Big Brown

As many of you have probably noticed, I'm partial towards brown trout. There's nothing like a big brown being brought to the net for excitement. Probably it is the challenge they present since browns are notoriously spooky and often hard to catch. Today, while checking all my favorite fly fishing sites, I came across a picture of a monster over at the Trout Underground. When I say monster, I'm talking about a fish that could just about swallow the first section of a four piece rod, most likely with the reel still attached. It is fish like this that keeps my going back, hoping that someday it will be me...

7 comments:

  1. Hi David. I was planning to fish that area on the way back from Oregon this past October except for the driving rain (so hard, fast windshield wipers wouldn't work) and wind blowing 30 ot 40 mph. Damn near blew us off the road. Maybe next Summer.

    Mark

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  2. Hey David, thanks for the post--it's always great to see a pic of a Brown like that, what a beauty! There is something almost mythical about the big Browns...

    Iain

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  3. Anonymous9:24 AM

    David, Let's hook for another float after the water gets back down to around one generator.

    David P.

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  4. David, I'm there...just let me know when. Unfortunately, if it keeps raining it may be awhile...:(

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  5. Not to be rude, but that's not that big a fish. I was expecting something a bit bigger to make those headlines. My buddy and I have gotten 3 over 27" on the Caney this year and we haven't really fished it that much. Lots of fish in the 22-26" range.

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  6. Cory, I understand what you are saying but you have to consider the river this fish was caught on. Browns are not as common in the first place, much less fish of this size... On a Tennessee tailwater, while it would be a good fish it definitely wouldn't be a monster...

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  7. Reading more about the river, I see your point. In that case, that is a notable fish catch. My bad...at first though I was just a bit taken aback at how a fish under 30" made headlines. I saw a picture of a fish [hold your breath]44" and released taken from the trophy section on Watauga at night this summer on a jerkbait. It was legitimate...it was shown to me by a good friend. It's nice to know that fish like that can be produced by our rivers...I"m sure there's one approaching 40" in the Caney somewhere.

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