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

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A Little Help

I'm currently thinking about heading down to Florida for spring break to camp and fish in the Everglades. I know absolutely nothing about that area. Thus, I'm shamelessly begging for a little information to help me decide whether it is a trip I want to do. The spring hatches should be starting here in the Smokies, and I'm having a hard time being convinced that it is worth the trip to FL. Currently I don't own any saltwater gear so I only need information on the freshwater portion of the Everglades...no ocean fishing for me... If you are willing to offer advice, feel free to reply here or you can email me. Thanks!

4 comments:

  1. I would suggest that a guide might be the way to go. I don't know enough about the Glades to even venture a suggestion, but I will say this, if you get into some peacocks, or even largemouths, you are definitely going to have a great time. There are also Oscars and assorted and sundry other exotics in the southern portions.

    The weather is cool this time of year, actually about ten to fifteen below normal, but very pleasant.

    I hope someone with more knowledge about the Glades can help you out!

    Regards,
    Albert A Rasch
    The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

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  2. David,

    I went down to central Florida about a month ago and did some bass fishing with my brother. It was fun, but tough fishing does not even begin to describe it. 30 mph sustained winds + fly rod = #%$@*! Before I went, I did quite a few searches on freshwater fly fishing in Florida. It seems that most people that fish the Everglades fish out of a kayak. You could probably rent one.

    Chad

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  3. Sounds like its time to really do some computer searches! I'd really recommend a quide for at least a day, not necessarily to get you into fish, but to show you the ropes down there. I've fished the Glades once and it can be great, but you're talking miles and miles of saw grass, canals that take off in all directions and areas that are as easy to get lost in as puttering around in the bayous in Louisana. This is not to mention more damn rattlesnakes than I've ever seen anywhere out west, tons of other little shithery things that can also put a real hurt on you and one or two critters that will kill you and have you for dinner. This should be a great experience for you, but you need to make sure you're ducks are all in a row before heading down that way. Chad is right about the kayak fishing as they use them in both the swamps and mangroves and with enough looking you're bound to find someone who can show you the ins and outs of the area. One last thought. The Glades are protected and that may mean your stuck with public campgrounds so look into the camping and see what if any kind of permits are required to camp or if they'll actually even let you stay in the boonies.

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  4. Stay Home. As a 37 year South Fl resident and former glades and lake Okechobee bass fisherman, now coldwater fly rodder, I say fish the Smokies. If you do come here leave your fly rod at home and plan on using live bait or plastic worms etc. Also the water is so dark and dirty you can't see 12 inches below the surface.

    HOWEVER. A trip to the Keys, fishing in the Gulf side with a guide will get you more fish and more fun than most anything.

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