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

Friday, October 29, 2010

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I am now working on offering hi-res versions of photographs for sale through a new blog.  The Trout Zone Photoblog will be highlighting what I consider my best photographs and offering them through a website called Fotomoto.  This site allows me to place a toolbar directly into my blog for people to order prints and digital downloads.  I will be including the toolbar here at the Trout Zone as well, just not emphasizing the photographs.  In the meantime, please check out the new Photoblog, and let me know what you think!

5 comments:

  1. Hi David. I really like your close-up fish shots. I'm pretty sure you're not fishing with a DSLR around your neck and I'm really unhappy with my latest choice in a "fishing camera." Any chance you'd be willing to tell me about your preference for a good point-n-shoot for fishing trips when you're alone?
    Thanks, and again - very nice job on the up-close-and-personal fish shots!

    Owl Jones

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  2. Owl, I used to carry a small Pentax Optio W30 with me for peace of mind. It has taken some phenomenal shots for me over the years but is somewhat inconsistent. I don't think the sensor is the best... However, since its waterproof it doesn't really matter if it goes in the drink. The last several months though I've started carrying a DSLR with me on the water. Most all my recent pictures were shot with that camera...

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  3. Or his cousin is there. :)

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  4. Ah ha. Gotcha. Well more power to both (or either) of you guys then. I can't imagine lugging around a large camera and fishing all day. Of course, you guys are probably younger than me, too. :)

    I want to tell you that I think you have some of the absolute best fish pics on the internet. I'm jealous and I aspire to get some shots that are 1/2 as good as the ones you're posting some day.
    Thanks for the info on the camera. My last one was a Nikon coolpix that I dunked and that was that. I'm lookin' into a WP one now, too. The older I get, the more I ruin stuff. :) LOL

    tight lines!
    owl

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  5. Owl,

    Thanks for the kind words about the pictures. Mostly I just get lucky... About the camera again, I know several companies are making WP cameras now and I highly recommend getting one. You will definitely feel a lot better carrying it on the stream as compared to a non-waterproof camera...

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