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

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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