Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 11/7/2019

Fall fishing is in full swing. The Clinch River has been fishing great if you want to hit a tailwater. The Smokies are fishing well most days but that could change soon. Forecast low temperatures by the middle of next week are in the mid teens!

The Smokies are up and down based on rain and cold fronts. When its on this can be some of the best fishing of the year. Fish will feed heavily as we approach the lean cold months of winter. Orange Elk Hair Caddis are catching fish as well as Pheasant Tail nymphs, Prince Nymphs, and some other things like caddis pupa patterns. Don't forget to have your Blue-winged Olive patterns this time of year.

On tailwaters like the Clinch, brown trout and some fall spawn rainbows are doing their thing. This is a good time to review good ethics when it comes to spawning trout. Remember that these are the next generation of trout and the best thing you can do is to leave them alone. Avoid wading through spawning areas and don't fish for obvious spawners.

The Caney is still not fishing well. This should change soon as we generally start to see some opportunity for streamer fishing in December and continuing through the winter. Next spring should bring good fishing again.

Photo of the Month: Fiery Flanks and Fins

Photo of the Month: Fiery Flanks and Fins

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Late Season Opportunities

While winter is rapidly approaching, the weather is still bi-polar.  The cold season has not yet arrived in force, meaning that one weekend is perfect with highs in the 60s on the plains and 50s in the mountains and the next weekend it snows with frigid overnight lows.  Last weekend was one of the good weekends, at least if you're an angler.  I made it to the mountains to a favorite stream to chase the browns.


Watching a fish get fired up over a streamer is one of my favorite aspects of the sport.  Accordingly, I headed to a stretch where I could toss some streamers and see what would happen.  In the first pool, I watched a fish shoot out of the back of the deepest part to attack my streamer.  Somehow it couldn't find the hook though.  Several casts later, with the fish repeating its behavior, I finally just gave up and moved to a different spot.  Sometimes fish just want to chase but not eat.

Over the next couple of hours, I covered a ton of water.  Several nice fish were out and about and a few smaller ones were even on redds.  The largest fish I saw made me gasp in amazement at how a fish of well over 20 inches could live in such small water.  In another spot, I watched a pod of big runner browns swimming in circles in a big pool, just waiting for the right moment to move up and spawn.

The fish that I hooked all wanted to attack whichever streamer I happened to have on at the moment.  Others had the same idea, but streamer fishing is not usually a high percentage game.  I generally expect a lot of follows, refusals, and the usual swing and a miss.  Enough fish found the hook though to keep me interested.


Later in the day, I moved on to a more sheltered stretch of stream and hoped for some blue-winged olives.  The hatch didn't develop, or perhaps I was too late.  A few stray midges were coming off, and I did trick one small brown on a midge, but that was it.  The consolation was a great sunset and beautiful reflected light on the stream.  I spent more time behind my camera lens than fishing during the late day hours...



9 comments:

  1. This may be a very dumb question, but I don't live near a trout stream and only get the opportunity to fish them every couple of months or so. But how do you know if a trout is on the red? Will they build a nest out of gravel?

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    1. Atlas, you are correct, they build a next out of gravel. Generally you will find them in the tail of pools and riffles where the smaller gravel is. The female will dig out a hollow in the gravel which is a fairly obvious depression in the streambed. You can find areas the fish have been spawning or preparing nests because the gravel is a lot cleaner there compared to everywhere else usually. Somewhere I have some pictures of fish on or close to redds. If I can find them I'll try to put a post together about it...

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    2. Thank you for the information and your response. I would greatly appreciate that.

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  2. Hi David. I nudged Howard to take you along when he fishes Boulder Creek with the creel attached. Looking forward to the video if caves and takes you.

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    1. Mark, it should be a pretty good adventure and probably an even better video... :D

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  3. the pictures here look so cool.

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  4. I'll be up for it as soon as I can pull myself out of my rocker. I'm looking forward to meeting David. I think I can teach him a bit...about photography,(not!) fishing, (not!!) or women, (definitely not!!!) Oh well, I'll buy the beers.

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    1. We'll definitely have a good time fishing together sometime. Now if next spring can just hurry up...

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