Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 10/17/2018

Fishing continues to be good to excellent in the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. 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 Yellow Quills are still hanging on in the mid to high elevation brook trout water although not for long. October caddis (more properly, great autumn sedges) are hatching in good numbers now on the North Carolina side of the Park and just starting on the Tennessee side. Terrestrials still have a place in your fly box as well although they are definitely winding down for the year. 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. Brook trout are still eating smaller yellow dry flies as well. 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 hoping to get some type of a report for there soon. 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 are holding off for 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. 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 and one or two in October. 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, October 20, 2011

A Foggy Encounter

Deteriorating weather always makes me excited to go fishing.  Bad weather keeps the crowds at bay, and also tends to get the fish excited about eating.  Foggy weather can sometimes make for spooky fishing though.  At those times, its just you, the water, and the fish.  The memories can be a little surreal, especially when the fish you catch turns out to be a big striper that runs you a hundred yards down the river.  A cold combined with exhaustion compounds the problem, leaving behind only a hazy recollection of the events leading up to catching such a fish...


8 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:19 AM

    Nice striper!

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  2. Anonymous11:03 AM

    Nice catch, congrats

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  3. Thanks guys! I was pretty stoked...

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  4. Sweet. What lake/river?

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  5. Its my "secret" fishing hole so I'm not going to post the name on here... If you are interested in more info though I'm glad to discuss via email...

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  6. What a bend in the rod this thing produced--had to be a blast.

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  7. Whoa, nice catch!

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  8. Nice striper! I've been trying to figure out how to catch them on a fly here at Lake Martin, AL. I've only caught them by accident on conventional tackle before. I wonder if it's easier to catch them on the spring spawn? Or just spend a lot of time looking for them to come to the top? thanks !

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