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, April 05, 2011

Smallmouth Fishing Compromised

Those who enjoy fishing the Little Pigeon in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge for smallies may want to wait awhile before heading to the river.  Apparently there was a major sewage spill upriver at Gatlinburg...guess I won't be targeting smallmouth there anytime soon...

4 comments:

  1. That really sucks. When I lived in Knoxvegas, that was one of my favorite places to fish. I'm sure it will recover quickly... and as gross as it may be, sewage is far more natural, and easier for a river ecosystem to handle than something like the chlorine spill from the old Ogle's Waterpark. The Little Pigeon is strong, and it won't take long to recover.

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  2. David,

    Not a good situation, but I doubt the effect will be noticeable. The volume of water in the river was very high so it should have been heavily diluted. Low water temperatures also kept any bacteria from growing quickly.

    Looks like they're getting sewage flows redirected so there may not be any adverse effects, but I suppose only time will tell.

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  3. Sorry to hear about this. I had a favorite fishing hole next to a waste water treatment plant. At some point the plant sprung a leak so to speak and ruined my favorite fishing hole. That was 15 years ago. I have never been able to fish that area since although I do check often to see how it is or if it is open. Good luck!

    Jeff
    www.gotflyfishing.blogspot.com

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  4. Ian,

    Thanks for the optimism. Its a good thing this happened during a period of relatively high water. Hopefully the bass will do fine and we can still enjoy catching them this year...

    David Knapp

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