Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 04/19/2019

Easter Weekend Update: The Smokies have been pounded with rain today and will feature high water through the holiday weekend. If you must get out and fish, wait until late in the weekend and be very cautious. Fish the edges and stay safe!

Otherwise...our early hatches are giving way to lighter colored bugs now. Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, Blue-winged Olives, March Browns, and Hendricksons have all been on the water at times. The huge Black Stoneflies are around now as well and providing some big bites for hungry trout. Sulfurs should be starting fairly soon, especially with all of the nice weather we are having. Little Yellow Stoneflies are just starting to show up now as well and will get much stronger as May approaches. The yearly pinnacle of spring dry fly fishing is quickly approaching!

Tailwaters are starting to fish well. The Caney Fork is still blowing a LOT of water. That should change fairly soon if we don't get too much rain. I'm thinking we might start seeing some opportunities in early May if things hold steady, maybe sooner. The Clinch has been fishing extremely well. Big hard fighting rainbow and brown trout are the target here on light tippets and tiny flies. Bring your A game or go home disappointed. Sulfurs should start to really take off shortly along with more caddis than we have already been seeing. On Tuesday's float, fish were taking a variety of bugs including midges, caddis, and the odd sulfur.

Warm water options are really taking off as well. That is assuming that flows cooperate. Big rain events will shut this down for a few days, but otherwise, everything is fishing very well right now!

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

On the Last Cast...

...of the evening, a nice brown took my fly.

 Catherine McGrath Photograph

More on this fish and what it ate to come, as well as some area warm water updates and news on my upcoming trip to Yellowstone!

5 comments:

  1. Awesome. Looking forward to hearing more.

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  2. Anonymous10:14 AM

    Nice brown!

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  3. Cory Smith5:53 PM

    David, I have been following you for a while now on Little River outfitters message board. I am 17 years old and new to fly fishing. I guide trout spinning trips in gatlinburg. Each and every time i go fly fishing in the smokies i learn more and more. I have got catching bows down but can not seem to catch a brow. If you would i would greatly appreciate it if you take me some time. My name is cory smith and you can contact me at 865-291-8887 thank you so much

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  4. Cory,

    I would be glad to fish together sometime and show you a few pointers. Shoot me an email (you can find a link to it over on the right side under the about me through the view my complete profile) and we can discuss getting together sometime.

    David Knapp

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  5. Wow! That was good enough for your dinner. I also love trout fish. Keep it up guys. I'll bookmark this so I'll be looking forward for another adventure with trout. =)

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