Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 08/16/2019

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 until the end of the month 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.

The Caney Fork in particular has been tough the last few days. A combination of factors has been hard on the river including striped bass which eat a tremendous number of trout. Overall fishing pressure has also contributed to tough fishing. Those fish have become educated!!! Think small on your midges and you should at least find a few trout.

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.

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? Maybe...

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year? Maybe...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

There's A Brookie In There

How would you go about catching this fish???  It was just relaxing on the bottom of this beaver pond...


8 comments:

  1. Plop a small light weighted bugger right next it then start stripping it away really fast.

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    1. Brookies and buggers...I like it!

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  2. Having experienced the "Brookie in the beaver dam pond" trick, I would put a mini-crawler on a hook (no weight), toss it out, and the Brookie will come.

    Mark

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    1. Mark, that definitely sounds like the voice of experience...

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  3. If I was here at home in Florida I would grab the cast net and give it a toss. Brookie caught gauranteed. But since we have no brookies here and I love fishing for them so much I spend half my income every year traveling to the ends of the earth to try to just hook one. I would probably just sit there and watch it for a while.

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    1. Fishfreek, it must be difficult to live in Florida if you love fishing for brookies. I would really miss the mountains if I lived down there...

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  4. set a dry about 6ft ahead of that fish..Brookie on.

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  5. David it makes for a lot of traveling during the year. But for now as with most the job rules. I am working on changing that but it will take a couple more years.

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