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

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Relocating

Big changes are looming on the horizon.  I just accepted a job in Colorado and will be moving that way soon...as in soon enough to start the new school year.  Things have been moving pretty fast and will continue to be that way.  I'm looking forward to the possibilities for career advancement and working with some new people, but naturally am also interested in learning about some new spots to fish.  My favorite parts of Colorado (so far anyway) are located far from where I will be, so I probably won't be fishing there as much as I might like.  Teaching in a new school will keep me busy as will the next few weeks of transition.

With that in mind, please forgive me if the updates and fishing stories come with less frequency for the next few months.  I want to focus on the new job which means some things like this blog might temporarily be put on hold.  I will still check in at least some though and intend to post trip reports and other news.

To all my Tennessee friends, thanks for making my fishing experiences awesome!  I will miss all the good times, but will be returning to visit, hopefully often, and will be doing at least a little fishing then.  The Smokies will always be the best!!!

In the meantime, I look forward to meeting new people and making new friends in the sport in Colorado.  Hopefully I can find some people willing to show me around and put up with a new guy...

20 comments:

  1. You won't find any shortage of fishing friends in Colorado. Right off the top of my head, I can think of at least 6 who would be willing to drag you, kicking and screaming, to some of the best streams around. Holler if you need a list.

    Mark

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  2. Mark, thanks for the offer. I may just take you up on that once I get myself located and figure out which end is up...

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  3. Good luck Man! I'll sure miss your smokies posts. Best wishes!

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    1. Thanks Matthew! I hope to still get some Smokies posts up on occasion but obviously only a few per year.

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  4. Give me a holler when you get out here. I'd like to meet up and fish.

    Juan

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    1. Juan, thanks and definitely will do! I will look forward to it...

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  5. James W8:40 PM

    Congrats my friend! Change is often a good thing and I wish you the best. We will all be looking forward to seeing new backdrops in your frames once you get settled.

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    1. James W, thank you! I'm excited about the changes although nervous a bit as well. It should be an incredible adventure!

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  6. Stalking 20+ inches of wild trout in crystal clear waters...hell yeah. Welcome to Colorado.

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    1. Thanks!!! Super excited about expanding my fly fishing horizons further...

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  7. Congrats on the new job, and best of luck in your new adventures. I look forward to the first report from CO.

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    1. Thanks Jay! I can't wait to have a report to share. As hectic as moving will be it may take some time. It will come though...

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  8. Anonymous1:32 PM

    theres so many famous and not so famous places to fish...you wont hate it thats for sure...I relocated here myself 3 yrs ago...while I miss my old stomping grounds along the Northeast shore and hills, the fishing here is pretty darn good. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks! I know I will miss home but can't wait to make new memories and discover new fishing holes!

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  9. Congratulations David, I'm sure you are excited for many reasons to be heading to CO! What part of the state are you moving to?

    Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain. I'm moving to the Boulder area and definitely am excited!

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  10. Good luck! Your posts on the smokies definitely help get me through these long Texas summers between trout fishing trips. Can't wait for the Colorado posts to start coming in. You're gonna be missed on the little river outfitters message boards as well! Thanks David, for keeping us inspired!

    Gerald
    San Antonio, Tx

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    1. Gerald, I hope to get some fishing under my belt and report on them soon but may be too busy for a while. I'll still hang out on the LRO board, but will just have to post in the out of state report section I guess!

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  11. I am a lover of the nature and the natural beauty. The post is full of natural scenes and fishes. I am fond of fishing specially Carp fishing. I always says that Carp fishing gives us enjoyment and nutrition simultaneously. Thanks for such a nice post.

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  12. David,

    Don't know how I missed this, but congrats on your relocation. Looking forward to following your journeys in Colorado. Take care.

    Ben

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