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

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Thinking About Fall

As late summer holds on tenaciously with 90 degree plus temperatures here near Boulder, I find myself excited about the changing of the seasons that is almost here.  Before I left Tennessee, the dry weather had already started changing some of the leaves.


Here in Colorado I have found the same thing.  Long range forecasts are starting to suggest a significant cooling trend may begin by late next week.  Overnight lows in the mountains will be dipping down towards freezing which means the aspen will be turning a brilliant golden yellow, perhaps sooner instead of later.  In addition to chasing trout during my favorite season, I will also be out with my camera enjoying the beautiful transition to winter.  I can't wait!!!

7 comments:

  1. Yes, the fall is a period of lovely colors and chances to get those big trouts, So, go for it!
    M.O.

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    1. I'm definitely planning on both but really looking forward to the big trout!!!

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  2. Anonymous12:39 PM

    David, seems like we are both quite similar in our approach this fall. First fall in Colorado since my move, too. Anxious for some good fishing, and, fall colors galore. Camera ready!

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    1. We should have a good fall ahead of us. It will be nice to finally cool off from this heat!!!

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  3. David / Mel, I am so jealous.....

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  4. Fishfreek, I'm not sure that it will help the jealousy, but I do plan on having lots of adventures. If you can't be here, at least you can see some pictures of the area!

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  5. Colorado is awesome. Your going to love the fall. Cools crisp mornings, leaves are turning colors only nature can produce with big Browns all lit up snappin streamers! Lets talk in Late January and see if you love the winter!!

    Seriously though..Some good fishin ahead for you!

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