Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 08/16/2019

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 until the end of the month 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.

The Caney Fork in particular has been tough the last few days. A combination of factors has been hard on the river including striped bass which eat a tremendous number of trout. Overall fishing pressure has also contributed to tough fishing. Those fish have become educated!!! Think small on your midges and you should at least find a few trout.

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.

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? Maybe...

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year? Maybe...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Someone Is Fishing

Today I was glad to see that someone is getting out on the water.  Ian and Charity Rutter are apparently fully enjoying the more relaxed winter season and took a break from guiding by getting some fishing in for themselves.  The highlight of the trip was a beautiful brown caught on a.............drumroll........dry fly!!!  Yep, browns on dries in January.  It doesn't get much better than that...  With any luck I'll get out in another week or so but in the short term, my prospects look bleak.  At least I can enjoy reading about others' trips!

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful photo. I don't think you're going to find any fish on a dry around here.

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    1. Howard, now you've just motivated me to find some fish on dries. I need to figure out a way to melt the ice off of Boulder Creek first though...

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    1. Kevin, I believe it was on a Thunderhead.

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  3. Anonymous10:10 PM

    Thanks for sharing another fishing story, Dave. Even though it wasn't you or I doing the fishing still nice to see others enjoying their time on the water. What is a Thunderhead?

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  4. Mel, a Thunderhead is a dry fly that originated in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and is very popular in TN and NC. Its basically a heavily hackled Adams that uses a white calf tail wing in place of the hackle tips so it floats better in the heavy pocket water of the mountain streams. Definitely an awesome pattern!!!

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