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

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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