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...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Burning

While I am safely here in Tennessee about to go fish the abundance of water, back home in Colorado it is another story.  Extremely dry conditions have set in and wildfires have popped up all over the middle part of the state.  One is causing some concern up in Rocky Mountain National Park while others are burning near Colorado Springs as well as the Royal Gorge.  I understand that fire is part of Nature's toolbox for maintaining healthy environments but it is still difficult to see so I'm glad that I'm away from the state right now.  Until I return I'll be hoping for an early onset of the summer monsoon season.  If past history is any indicator, we are looking at a month of prime burning conditions before wetting rains arrive.  For more information on the fires, Inciweb is a good place to start and currently even the main page of CNN is highlighting the current problems in CO.

1 comment:

  1. I understand the purpose of nature rejuvenating itself, but it sure hurts to the most beautiful places burn. Pray for rain soon.

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