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

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. 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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