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

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Please vote!!!

If you didn't notice already, there is a new poll up.  I have not had one for a while and this one is exploring how many of my current readers tie their own flies.  Lately I have enjoyed doing more tying again and want to know if my readers share my interest in tying.  Find the poll just above and let me know how much you tie!!!  Personally, I tie probably 99.9% of what I tie but every once in a great while will pick up a few flies somewhere...

5 comments:

  1. I would love to tie everything I use. However, the wife and I have a tying company so at times I buy flies here and there since I rarely tie for myself. If I am buying flies, they are mainly nymphs or dries.

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    1. I have thought about tying commercially on a large scale but so far have not developed enough motivation. I like sitting down just to enjoy the process and tie a few for my boxes, but not sure if I would want to tie on the scale required for it to be profitable. What patterns do you specialize in?

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    2. David,

      We started our company last year as a result of a demand for our flies. We specialize in warm water flies with particular interest in poppers. We do our poppers in sizes 8 and 10. I am pretty sure we aren't making a whole lot of money on the deal but it is fun and the wife and I do it. The down side is that I don't get to fish that often anymore and I don't tie for myself much if at all. Every once in a while when one doesn't pass quality control, the wife lets me keep it. How gracious of her right? You can see us and our adventures at www.gotflyfishing.blogspot.com

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