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

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Product Review: Canvas Print

I was contacted a couple of months ago by Brendan from Easy Canvass Prints about doing a review of one of their products in exchange for a free canvass.  After clarifying what their expectations were I agreed. 

All I had to do was go to their website and follow the normal process for purchasing a print.  The fee was waived by using a special one-time promotion code.  For full disclosure, Easy Canvass Prints has not provided any additional compensation beyond the free Canvass Print. 

First I would like to mention how quick and easy the website was to use, at least for me.  It probably only took a total of 2-3 minutes to upload my picture, choose the various options I wanted, type in my address, and complete the transaction.  They have implemented a user friendly design that just about anyone can navigate successfully. 

As far as the actual canvass, I received a free 11x14 print of one of my favorite pictures.  The picture is one my buddy Joe McGroom took on our trip to Yellowstone country back during the summer of 2009.  The fish was a gorgeous brown trout that fell for a streamer while we were fishing the Madison River in the $3 Bridge vicinity.  Below is the photograph that I uploaded to make the print from.


Next are a few pictures of the print I received.  Notice that one of the options I chose made a mirror image of the actual photograph wrap around the sides.




As you can see, the main difference between this and the original is that I cropped the original in a little closer when I uploaded it to the website.  You can choose any position you want on the canvass and are able to crop your picture during the process.  One thing I thought sounded cool when I was ordering the print was to have the reflection of my picture wrap around the side.  I'm glad I chose that option as it definitely does look great.  Of course, if it doesn't appeal to you there are plenty of other options. 

The original picture (as shone and what I uploaded) was a touched up version of the original.  The quality of this print is not demonstrated very well in the pictures I have shone above.  The actual print was much closer in color to the original than what the pictures show, and I was more than happy with the results and would recommend Easy Canvass Prints to anyone looking to print a nice memory from one of their fishing expeditions.  In addition to printing your own pictures, it would also make an awesome gift for a fishing friend or relative. 

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