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

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. 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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