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

Monday, June 06, 2011

Carp...

...on cicadas!!!  I've been on the Caney for the past couple of days and likely to get out again another day or two in the near future.  The cicadas are on but definitely winding down now.  All this time I thought trout fishing was a blast, but now I sort of understand why some people get all excited about carp.  These fish were chowing down on cicadas on the lower river.  Here is one picture of a 30 inch carp caught during a float with David Perry.  Lots more to come over the next few days so stay tuned for more on the cicadas and the big browns, rainbows, and yes, carp that are tearing them up. 

David Perry Photograph

7 comments:

  1. Nice fish man. I have been meaning to target those guys but never have. I hear that they are a ball on the fly rod. Cant wait to see what else you caught. Nice work.

    Jeff
    J & M Flies
    www.gotflyfishing.blogspot.com

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  2. Anonymous3:34 AM

    DANG! Did you weight that toad?

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  3. Great looking fish there, David. Those bad boys sure are fun and put a great bend in the fly rod. Nicely done.

    Ben

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  4. David
    I know that crap was a hoot on the fly----but I must tell you carp have to be the ugliest fish on the planet. Thanks for sharing

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  5. Holy Carp!

    What a piggie. Are those river carp as slimy as their pond dwelling family members?

    Gotta try that on the fly sometime. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. David,

    Great-looking carp, and on a dry fly no less! Some folks give carp a bad wrap, but they are big, strong fish, and usually more difficult to fool than trout--nice job!

    Iain

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