Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 02/03/2018

The Smokies are fishing slow on most days although the potential for a big brown is always present this time of year. Most days are seeing water temperatures in the low 40s at best and usually colder. Occasional midges, BWOs, and winter stoneflies will provide some surface activity on the warmer afternoons. For the most part, however, this will be a nymphing or streamer game this time of year. If we get some higher water, hit the brown trout streams with your favorite streamers (remember single hook only in the Park) and hunt that one trophy. When you catch it, take a picture to remember the moment and let it go for the next angler to enjoy.

Tailwaters have been fishing very well as of late. Our favorite, the Caney Fork, continues to have opportunities for both wade and float trips. Windows for wading look to go down sometime in the near future, unfortunately. The forecast this week calls for some potentially heavier rain which will probably kick the generators back on for a while. The good news? That means the shad kill should be in full effect. The Clinch and Holston have also been fishing well. If you want to check any of these tailwaters out, contact me for info on guided trips.

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Jumping Brook Trout!!!

These brookies think they are salmon heading upstream to spawn, or at least they were doing their best salmon impersonation.  The high country brookies are starting to color up nicely for the spawn.  Today I found many willing fish, but the highlight of the day was watching several fish repeatedly trying to scale a small falls.  They appeared to be moving upstream in anticipation of the upcoming spawn.  I got several pictures as the fish hurled themselves into the air only to be swept back downstream in the fast water.







While I was definitely pleased with the pictures, the real highlight is the following video taken by my friend, Catherine McGrath.  In just a 15 second clip, you can see three different fish trying to scale the falls.  For the best video, watch this in full screen HD...


12 comments:

  1. I totally enjoyed the photos and video! Nice place you've got here David. I think I'll spend some time and look around.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I had a great time obtaining those brookie pictures...

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  2. David,

    Those are unbelievable photos. Must have been pretty cool to see.

    Ben

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    1. Thanks Ben! It was definitely a special opportunity...

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  3. Great work, David, that is pretty special to see. Life in the wilds!

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    1. Thanks Mel! Can't get any better than time in the wilds!!!

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  4. I never knew they did that. Ya learn something new every day. Good pictures.

    Mark

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    1. Mark, I did not realize they did that either. Back in the Smokies I think most fish spawned close to their home pool. Although I know that some browns back home would spawn in their home pool while others would run way up stream. Interesting how some choose to move up and others stay...

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  5. David, great to see that you are exploring some new haunts in Colorado, and getting acquainted with the finned locals! Fantastic brook trout photos and video, and the fish in the first picture looks like quite a colorful male...

    Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain! I'm really enjoying this discovery phase and hope the joy of discovery never gets old...

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