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...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Paparazzi

I'm not sure whether to feel flattered or not, but when a photographer recently wanted to take my picture fishing, I figured it couldn't hurt and if photographing me broke his camera, well that would be his fault.  I've experienced photographers before, such as over on the Taylor, and figured it wouldn't be all bad.  It all began a week and a half ago on Friday afternoon when I headed over to fish Boulder Creek for an hour or so.

Upon arriving at the parking area, I got out of my car and started rigging up to fish.  A photographer from the Daily Camera approached me and made the rather astute observation that I was about to do something "outside."  Since his assignment was to take a picture of someone doing something "outside," would I be so kind as to allow him to take my picture?  After getting my name, he left me to do my thing while following at a respectful distance.

Soon I was fishing away, nearly oblivious other than when I heard the camera clicking away.  Soon I found myself on an ice shelf under a bridge where a nice brown came out to swirl on my streamer.  Hoping to lure it back out again, I continued fishing and soon found myself photographed right into the newspaper.  That's right, on Saturday morning there I was, front and center on the "Local" section, fishing away on the ice shelf.

I soon told the photographer I was heading downstream "a ways," and he graciously allowed that he had got all the pictures he needed and said his thanks and good bye.  I enjoyed the next hour and ended up with four fish so it was not a bad trip!



13 comments:

  1. Nice, A lot of famous people got started with little stuff like that.

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    1. Thanks Kevin, I have a feeling I have reached my peak here but who knows...

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  2. Cool...when you send the flies can you autograph a copy for me. I missed it.

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    1. Hahaha, now there's an idea! Autographed copies...I like it.

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  3. David
    That is awesome, might think about placing that picture in a frame. Proud for you!!

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    1. Thanks Bill and good idea. I had not thought of that one...

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    1. I'm not sure about that Mark. I'll know I'm in trouble when people start mobbing me on the creek...

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  5. About 3 weeks ago I was fishing a creek when this young man asked to follow me for a spell. He took photos and asked a few questions. As he was about to leave he identified himself as a newspaper reporter. He asked permission to use the photos and asked my name. I said yes to it all, but asked not to name the stream.

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    1. Smart move there. If I was fishing anywhere other than through town I would probably not want it broadcast where I was fishing, much less on a small stream...

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  6. Fancy! Now I can say I fished with people who make it in the papers.

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    1. Juan, hopefully that's a good thing. I'll try to avoid getting myself in papers in any negative ways...

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    2. Any press is good press...

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