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

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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