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, 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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