Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 02/25/2018

Things have changed a lot since the last report. Unseasonably warm weather has kicked off the first hatches of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains while an extremely wet February means all of the tailwaters are blown out across middle and east Tennessee.

If you want to fish in the Smokies, nymphs and streamers will be your best bet unless you encounter a hatch. In that case, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons should be in your arsenal as well as Blue-winged Olives.

For now, just forget about the tailwaters in the short term. continued rain means it will be at least another month before the tailwaters are fishable again. With luck, we can start thinking about some streamer float trips on the Caney Fork in mid to late March, although that may be optimistic. In the meantime, head for the mountains and enjoy chasing the wild trout there.

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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