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

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Fun

So for a bit of fun today, I am hoping to stir up a debate.  Lately, I have been thinking about the similarities and differences between fishing for redfish and carp.  Let's be honest: beyond actual coloration, they look pretty similar as far as body shape and build goes.  Carp pull as hard as any fish I've ever hooked other than striped bass.  Yet, the lowly carp gets only minimal credit and then only among a somewhat cult-type following.  The true carp fishermen are somewhat few and far between.  Out here in Colorado I have noticed a few more than back in Tennessee but they are still not anything close to a majority.

So, my question today is why fish for carp?  For that matter, why chase redfish?  I'm a pretty dedicated trout fisherman but enjoy chasing large- and smallmouth bass, panfish, striped bass, white bass, hybrids, musky, pike, yeah, I guess if it swims I'm willing to give it a shot.  I have even caught a few carp and had fun, but am still not sure whether it is worth my time becoming a proficient carp fisherman.

7 comments:

  1. I have no credentials to answer this, but that never stopped me before so here goes. I've never been fishing for redfish. Don't care if I ever do as long as there are trout here in Colorado. As far as carp goes, I've never been fishing for carp. As long as there are trout in Colorado I'll be a happy camper. but I will go carp fishing this year. I just don't expect to get crazy about it but I've got to try.

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    1. Howard, your expectations seem pretty similar to my own...I will say this: If I could find carp here that would consistently rise to a big dry, I would take them a lot more seriously.

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  2. If you have to ask why then you're probably not going to do it much. To each his own. If the tug is truly the drug for you carp have few competitors.

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    1. You make a good point Kevin. I definitely love the tug but I guess I'm a little picky about what's on the other end of the line. Then again, when I have fished for carp before I had a great time...

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  3. David,
    Like yourself, I'm a multi-species angler. If it has fins and swims I'd be willing to cast a fly to it. I'm more of a warmwater fly fisher by virtue of geography, but I do love trout fishing as well. I've never caught a carp on the fly, but I've never really given it much effort. Most of my encounters with carp have been accidental... one randomly shows up at my feet on the Smallmouth or trout stream. I've never found a good "crap flat," and I've had some conversations with dedicated carp fly guys that have led me to believe that's a pretty important element for consistent fly carping. I'm determined to land one this year on the fly and I think I have my spot located.
    It's interesting you make the connection between carp and Redfish, because I've heard them compared to Bonefish more often than Reds. I've heard carp called "the poor man's Bonefish." Redfish actually have a very close freshwater counterpart in the form of their only freshwater relative- the Freshwater Drum... aka "Redneck Redfish." Although I have never gotten the opportunity to chase Redish, I have tried to catch a drum on the fly in a clear water river here in AL. I've caught plenty of drum in dirty MS spillways on live bait and lures, but never on a fly. I think at the right time of year in the right place Freshwater Drum can be pretty easy targets, but I haven't been so lucky yet.
    All that being said, I've gathered that carp are worthy and challenging targets for the fly fisher. I know when I land my first I'll feel like I've accomplished something based on their reputation for difficulty.

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    1. Umm... make that "carp flat"... sorry for that typo.

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    2. Jay, its interesting that you mention freshwater drum. I have caught those as well mostly by accident, and can't say that I enjoyed it that much. They are heavy out in the current but once you get them in slack water they don't have much fight, at least in my experience. I caught them accidentally below Chickamauga dam in Chattanooga a few times. They definitely do look awfully similar to redfish though...if you want to catch them on the fly, Chickamauga (or probably any TN river tailwater below there) is a great option especially when shad are coming through the dam...

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