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

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Clue

Here is a clue as to where we fished yesterday.  Any guesses as to where this is at?  Be specific!!!  I will send 6 of yesterday's hot fly to the first person to correctly identify the exact location.  Guess away!!!


14 comments:

  1. Abrams Creek, GSMNP

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  2. Not fair. Having never been to North Carolina or Tennessee how would one know it was GSMNP??

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    1. Mark, a good point so I guess I'll recommend you visit the Smokies! In all seriousness though, stay tuned for more. This particular contest is admittedly geared towards my southeast US friends, but I'll have some more contests coming over the next few months that will be suitable for everyone who wants to participate...

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  3. I don't know which stream that is but I heard the theme to Deliverance while I was reading this. I'm just going to back away slowly.

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  4. Cataloochee Creek GSMNP

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  5. All good guesses thus far but none are correct. Also, I'm hoping for a correct answer that is a bit more specific than just a stream name...

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  6. Little river above Huskey Gap.

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    1. Hans, you are getting warm. Can you be any more specific?

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  7. I know I have fished there, and I believe I have it narrowed down to one of two locations. I am going to sort thru some old pics and see if I can find it... I will post again soon.

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    1. Travis, you are getting close I'm sure let's hear what you think...

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  8. The way the creek is curving doesn't match up, It's either the bridge crossing Fish Camp Prong at the Goshen Prong trailhead or it's on the mainstream up towards camp site 24. I am leaning towards Goshen Prong trailhead though.

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    1. Hans, your second guess is the correct one. I'm going to give this contest to you based off of your original guess because it was pretty close. It is the bridge immediately below #24 looking downstream while standing in the creek. Shoot me an email with your address, and I'll get the flies out to you sometime next week. I'm on the road now so it won't be before then...

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  9. Thanks for the flies, they came in a while ago. Very nice indeed!

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    1. Glad the flies arrived Hans! I hope they are as kind to you as they have been for me...

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