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

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. Anonymous12:46 PM

    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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