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

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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