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

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Improving Your Fly Fishing Skills

Lately I have been suffering from too much work and not enough fishing.  Instead of allowing it to slowly affect my attitude, I decided that if I can’t go fishing as much, I can at least still think and write about it.  With that in mind, I’m going to work on some new articles over the next few weeks.  For many of you, I will most likely be repeating old information.  However, at least some of you will hopefully find something useful in what I will share that can improve your skills and help you catch more fish.
 
Some will be brief articles that simply highlight one key point while others will focus on broader subjects.  Mostly I will discuss trout fishing in moving water but may touch on other areas as well.  If you have a specific area or subject you would like me to address, please send me an email or leave a comment here, and I will see what I can do.

9 comments:

  1. I'd be interested in hearing your strategies (lines, flies, setups, etc.) for Smallmouth Bass in east TN.

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  2. Jay,

    I could probably do that. Are you talking mostly about running water or lakes as well? Also larger rivers like the Holston or smaller streams like the Little Pigeon and Little River?

    David Knapp

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  3. I'm interested in whatever you have to offer. I really like the smaller wadable water myself, but I think I have that pretty well figured out... for the most part. I've fished the Little Pigeon a lot with a fair amount of success back when I lived in Knoxville. I guess your approach to tackling slightly larger water like the Holston or French Broad would be of most interest. I don't suspect I'll try and tackle any reservoirs for Smallies anytime soon, but I'll likely be going after Spots soon with Bill from the "Fishing Through Life" blog... so anything that might be applicable there would be cool. Thanks for fielding my request. I'm looking forward to reading.

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  4. Whats your favorite rod? Why? Where is it best used?
    What about fly line. Whats the deal with all those types of line? Does it really matter?
    What time of day is best to fish? Where are the fish in the stream?

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  5. Lungs, just so you know, the fish are wherever I decide to cast in the stream...just saying... :D

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  6. I'm interested in fly selection. I have a basic knowledge of whether to use nymph, dry or terrestrial, but I'd like a synopsis of when to use which patterns in mountain streams (trout).

    Also interested in smallmouth fly patterns, techniques and (most importantly) where to find fish. Trout seem much more predictable to me.

    --Matt

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  7. (I was referring to the smokies for the mountain streams, and lakes and rivers for smallmouth in/around knoxville)

    --Matt

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  8. Matt,

    Thats a great topic which I plan on attempting to address in pieces as I go...

    Thanks for the suggestions!

    David Knapp

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