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

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Poll

We haven't had a poll in quite a while here at the Trout Zone, but I finally fixed that.  The poll is simply asking what water type you do most of your trout fishing on.  I'm curious what type of fishing most of the readers here do.  I spend more time on freestone streams personally but not by too much.  I make it out to the tailwaters often as well.  You can only choose one option on this poll, so if you have a close second then leave a comment explaining that...

4 comments:

  1. Here in Derbyshire we have both spring fed rivers and streams together with spate rivers, like your freestone rivers only smaller. Tail waters are rare, there is one below Ladybower reservoir that is available on a day ticket. It is not subject to the extremes of water levels that you can experience in the USA and really is a freestone water (it is full of brown trout and escapee rainbows). If "spring creek" means a moving watercourse that is mainly spring fed then I have voted for the right one. ("Two Great Nations divided by a common language...")

    BTW your blog is very enjoyable indeed!

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  2. Me, I'm a lake kind of guy, for the most part, anyway.

    Mark

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  3. Anonymous12:18 AM

    tailwaters, hands down. we just have so many great tailwaters in Colorado, 'cause we is thirsty folks in this here high desert. Cheesman canyon, Elevenmile canyon, the Dream Stream, the Taylor, the Fryingpan, the Williams Fork, Stagecoach, the Thompson in Estes Park, hell even Chatfield.

    I would love to do more fishing on spring creeks, but we have none to my knowledge, and Montana is a ways...

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  4. Regular Rod, I'm jealous of all the spring creeks you have access to. I would like to spend more time on them but we have very few here in Tennessee.

    Mark, we don't have many trout lakes here in Tennessee but I always enjoy fishing stillwaters when I head out west.

    Shaun, you are fortunate to live in such an amazing state. I always enjoy my trips out there immensely and hope to get the opportunity to live somewhere in CO someday. There is a spring creek on the west slope somewhere near Basalt that is a tributary of the Roaring Fork. Unfortunately I believe it is all private water but if you have some extra $$$ it might be worth looking into. I have never fished it personally but have heard great things about it.

    David Knapp

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