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, 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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