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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thanks!!!

I just want to give a shout out to everyone that stopped by Little River Outfitters on Sunday to join me for the fly tying session.  Talking flies and how to fish them are always a lot of fun for me and I specifically want to thank Byron, Paula, and Daniel for having me.  I will likely be heading up to the Park again soon to get in on the early spring hatches.  Things have been amazing already this year from everything I have heard and I can't wait to get in on a good hatch myself. 

3 comments:

  1. What did you tie?

    Regular Rod

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  2. I tied a variety of mountain and tailwater patterns, several of which are my own flies or variations on flies without a name. I tied the Belly Ache Minnow, a striper fly of my own design I call the PB&J (for Puglisi, Bunny, and Jelly), and a variation of the Crazy Charlie/Gotcha, all of which are great streamer patterns in the Smokies as well as area tailwaters and warm water streams. I also tied three tailwater flies, the Ray Charles, Zebra Midge, and a Micro-Tubing Midge Larva pattern. Finally, I tied a few Smokies patterns including a beadhead caddis pupa, Quill Gordon Spundun, Soft Hackle Isonychia, and my version of the Tellico Nymph. Lots of variety to keep things interesting!

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  3. Anonymous4:11 PM

    David, Those were some great pics of your hike up to Ramsey Cascades. Beautiful!! I used to do a lot of backpacking on the AT as well as most of the trails in the park (not able to hike far now due to PD - but I flyfish now to get outdoors) and was wondering if you had ever hiked to the Mt Cammerer firetower during winter . Its quite a sight with icicles , snow, etc....
    Also I enjoy your posts on LRO and those pics.
    See Ya , Mike

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