Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 11/1/2018

Fishing is good in the Smokies and other mountain streams if you can catch it on a day where the wind is minimal. Otherwise, expect lots of leaves in the water for the next few days. Delayed harvest streams are also being stocked and fishing well in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.

In the Smokies, fall bugs are in full swing. We have been seeing blue-winged olives almost daily although they will hatch best on foul weather days. They are small, typically running anywhere from #20-#24 although a few larger ones have also shown up. A few October Caddis are still around as well. Terrestrials are close to being done for the year although we are still seeing a few bees and hornets near the stream. Isonychia nymphs, caddis pupa, and BWO nymphs will get it done for your subsurface fishing. Have some October Caddis (#12) and parachute BWO patterns (#18-#22) for dry flies and you should be set. Not interested in matching the hatch? Then fish a Pheasant Tail nymph under a #14 Parachute Adams. That rig can catch fish year round in the Smokies.

Brook and brown trout are now moving into the open to spawn. During this time of year, please be extremely cautious about wading through gravel riffles and the tailouts of pools. If you step on the redd (nest), you will crush the eggs that comprise the next generation of fish. Please avoid fishing to actively spawning fish and let them do their thing in peace.

Our tailwaters are still cranking although the Caney is finally starting to come down. I'm still hoping to get a firsthand report on the Caney Fork soon although it might be sometime next week or the week after before that happens at the earliest. Stay tuned for more on that. Fishing will still be slow overall with limited numbers of fish in that particular river unfortunately.

The Clinch is featuring high water as they try to catch up on the fall draw down. All of the recent rainfall set them back in this process but flows are now going up to try and make up some of the time lost. It is still fishing reasonably well on high water although we prefer the low water of late fall and early winter as it is one of our favorite times to be on the river.

Smallmouth are about done for the year with the cooler weather we are now experiencing. I caught a few yesterday on the Tennessee River while fishing with guide Rob Fightmaster, but overall the best bite is all but over. Our thoughts will be turning to musky soon, however. Once we are done with guide trips for the year, we'll be spending more time chasing these monsters.

In the meantime, we still have a few open dates in November. Feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in a guided trip. Thanks!

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

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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