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...

Monday, April 29, 2013

When You Get Lemons...

We all know the ridiculously overused finished to the above or something similar at least.  However, while visiting California this past weekend, I found something much better to do.  My great Aunt and Uncle have lots of fruit trees including oranges and lemons!  I discovered that guacamole is much better using fresh avocados straight off the tree and fresh squeezed lemon juice from lemons straight off the tree.  Amazing is all I can say!


While out there, I did find a somewhat hidden pond nearby as well as a stream that supposedly has some salmon runs.  If I return with more time on my hands I'll have to take a rod along and do some exploring.

Back home now, I'm ready to start fishing.  I may not get a good chance until closer to the weekend.  The weather guys are suggesting that more snow may be on the way.  Runoff will become a bigger problem very soon but I'll still find some fishable water close by I'm sure...

A road trip may be required soon.  My buddy Juan over at the Hopper Juan is reminding everyone that it is caddis time down on the Arkansas.  That is an event I have yet to experience so this might be the year I head that way...

I'm thinking more and more about the Salmonflies over on the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers so my post-school travels will likely take me to the West Slope.  Yep, the summer lies just ahead and things are looking up!!!


6 comments:

  1. Citrus almost as good a Florida, but avacados, Wow. We got them. Were you anywhere close when you were out here?

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    1. Mark, I was down in Sacramento. Hope to make it out that way again sometime to see family but with a bit more time to spare. For all the times I have been in CA, I still haven't fished there...

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  2. Hey David nice to hear you got away from the hustle and bustle of fly fishing. Let's go carp fishing!

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    1. Howard, I'm down for some carp fishing! Hope you have some good spots scoped out because I don't even know where to start. I'm also thinking about tiger musky soon...ever chased those?

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  3. Tiger Muskie sound like a lot fun. Such a Beautiful fish. What's up with all the late season snow!?!..90+ and roasting on the water out here for some time now. Our climate and weather patterns are changing. Last year we had Dorado, YT and other exotics as for north as my fishing grounds in North/Cen California and it wasn't an El Nino year. Boats in the shop and i'm stuck on land for another week.

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    1. David, the weather has me puzzled too. When I was visiting in Sacramento this past weekend I got the scoop on the low snowpack in CA this year. I don't know what is going on. Hope you get the boat going again soon. Can't wait to read about more of your adventures out chasing striper and such...

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