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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Just Four More Months!!!

Here's hoping for a good hatch this year!!!


11 comments:

  1. Hi!

    Wow! Are those stoneflies? We don't have stoneflies of that size here in Sweden but I've experienced a magnificent hatch of huge caddis (Phryganea Grandis I think it is) and the trout just went crazy. Big dry flies and they took it without hesitation. Marvellous! Hope you get a big hatch of those critters that will certainly be spectacular.

    Greetings from Sweden,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. Yes, they are Salmonflies and generally 2-3 inches long. Very impressive bugs and the fish love them...

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    2. That's understandable. The caddis flies I mentioned also reach 2-3 inches but were impossible to catch. Would have been nice to have a picture of them.

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  2. I guess the question is: Can you wait 4 months?

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    1. Mark, I'll be out hitting the water often over the next few months. There are some great hatches before the Salmonflies to keep me occupied...

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  3. Hey David, this is when I start counting down the days! Gotta love those stones.

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    1. Howard, I'm starting to feel the pressure to tie now. I know its still a little while but I like to be prepared...

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  4. David
    I can't wait to get back on the Caney Fork. Will you be fishing the tailrace this year? I know you don't live in Tennessee anymore but I have a feeling you haven't forgot this great tailrace.

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    1. Bill, I'm sure I'll fish the Caney at some point. I fished it last time I was home and had a good time. I'm wondering how it will fish this year with the high water this winter. What it really needs is a couple of dry years...

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    1. Hopefully the time will go quickly!!!

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