Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 10/17/2018

Fishing continues to be good to excellent in the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. Delayed harvest streams are also being stocked and fishing well in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.

In the Smokies, fall bugs are in full swing. We have been seeing blue-winged olives almost daily although they will hatch best on foul weather days. They are small, typically running anywhere from #20-#24 although a few larger ones have also shown up. A few Yellow Quills are still hanging on in the mid to high elevation brook trout water although not for long. October caddis (more properly, great autumn sedges) are hatching in good numbers now on the North Carolina side of the Park and just starting on the Tennessee side. Terrestrials still have a place in your fly box as well although they are definitely winding down for the year. Isonychia nymphs, caddis pupa, and BWO nymphs will get it done for your subsurface fishing. Have some October Caddis (#12) and parachute BWO patterns (#18-#22) for dry flies and you should be set. Brook trout are still eating smaller yellow dry flies as well. Not interested in matching the hatch? Then fish a Pheasant Tail nymph under a #14 Parachute Adams. That rig can catch fish year round in the Smokies.

Brook and brown trout are now moving into the open to spawn. During this time of year, please be extremely cautious about wading through gravel riffles and the tailouts of pools. If you step on the redd (nest), you will crush the eggs that comprise the next generation of fish. Please avoid fishing to actively spawning fish and let them do their thing in peace.

Our tailwaters are still cranking although the Caney is finally starting to come down. I'm hoping to get some type of a report for there soon. Stay tuned for more on that. Fishing will still be slow overall with limited numbers of fish in that particular river unfortunately.

The Clinch is featuring high water as they try to catch up on the fall draw down. All of the recent rainfall set them back in this process but flows are now going up to try and make up some of the time lost. It is still fishing reasonably well on high water although we are holding off for the low water of late fall and early winter as it is one of our favorite times to be on the river.

Smallmouth are about done for the year with the cooler weather we are now experiencing. Our thoughts will be turning to musky soon, however. Once we are done with guide trips for the year, we'll be spending more time chasing these monsters.

In the meantime, we still have a few open dates in November and one or two in October. Feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in a guided trip. Thanks!

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mammal Eating Trout

Have you ever dreamed of hitting the mouse hatch in New Zealand? Or perhaps skating lemming patterns across the water in Labrador?  Well, some new research has shown that you don't need to travel quite so far.  Apparently the trout in Idaho's Silver Creek are carnivorous, or at least become so when the vole population explodes during the high end of the population cycle.  I don't know about everyone else, but fishing mouse patterns in the dark to monster trout sure sounds like a lot of fun...

7 comments:

  1. Bass will eat mouse flies too. Years ago I was fishing a small pond by my house and tossed a mouse fly under a over hanging tree. A largemouth jumped out of the water and came down head first right on the mouse. I was stunned and I think that was the only reason I caught the fish. I think if I had been ready I probably would have moved the fly before the bass actually ate it. I have been trying to relive that moment for quite awhile. I haven't had it happen since.

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    1. That sounds like something worth recreating. Hopefully you will find some fish this year willing to hit a mouse pattern!

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  2. Hi David!

    Really interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    Kind regards,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. Mats, glad you found it interesting! Too bad there aren't more places you can regularly fish mouse patterns...

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  3. David
    If a big brown hits a frog pattern like the largemouth, then you are in for a fight. I can’t imagine what it would be like to land a big brown on a frog or any other pattern. I am still in search of my 16” trout, hopefully one day I will connect. By the way I am getting ready for the flies. The generation on the tailrace is getting less. Check out this link for a great buy on waders at Cabelas--

    David
    If a big brown hits a frog pattern like the largemouth, then you are in for a fight. I can’t imagine what it would be like to land a big brown on a frog or any other pattern. I am still in search of my 16” trout, hopefully one day I will connect. By the way I am getting ready for the flies. The generation on the tailrace is getting less. Check out this link for a great buy on waders at Cabelas--
    http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/search_catalog_command.cmd?fromProductSearch=true&item1=Ibs830203
















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    1. Bill, the flies should be there soon. Let me know if they don't show up in the next few days...

      Thanks for the heads up on the waders deal!!!

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  4. Death to voles...I'm not sad to hear about that at all. And it does sound fun casting large mouse flies to meat eating trout.

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