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

Monday, October 22, 2012

Elk, Sunsets, and Brown Trout

I'm in the recovery phase right now.  My weekend was spent camping near a winding meadow stream. The browns were hungry, the sunsets were spectacular, and yes, the elk are still around and even bugling occasionally.  More to come once I make it through a day of work and get a little rest!!!




8 comments:

  1. Lovely trout and photo of the sunset. The elk looks curious about what's going on. Thanks for sharing!

    Kind regards,
    M.O.

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  2. M.O., that elk just stood there and stared in that some pose the whole time I was watching. Definitely a little strange...

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  3. Great photos David. I'm anxious to hear the story.

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    1. Howard, I'm working on the story. Other things keep getting in the way but it WILL be done soon!!!

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  4. Beautiful sunset photo, the sky looms large over the reflective stream.

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    1. Thanks Iain! I almost didn't turn around to enjoy it because I was so focused on fishing my way upstream...so glad I turned around though!

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  5. Anonymous12:55 PM

    Nothing like being outdoors in the fall and listening to the bugling elk all the time you are stalking a wild brown! Does it get any better?

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    1. Mel, I agree! I love this time of year and wish it could go on and on...I want to forget the frigid months ahead...

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