Guided Trips


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

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Headed East

Tomorrow morning I am headed east.  Along the way, I hope to see friends and family.  Over the next month or so I will even sneak in some fishing including back home in Tennessee.  With luck I'll get to chase smallmouth and trout and maybe even some musky.  I'll be checking in as much as possible and hopefully going to update with some reports that I know I've been slow to add.  Please be patient as I'm planning on enjoying this summer to the fullest.  Accordingly I may not spend as much time blogging as I otherwise might.  When I return to Colorado in July I'll be camping and backpacking and yes, doing a little fishing as well.  Hopefully I'll find some time to rest as well.  August and a return to school will be here before I know it...


  1. Who are you and why are you telling me this? Have a good time and be safe David.

    1. Howard, we are going to have to hit the water together when I get back out to CO!

  2. David
    Enjoy the trip and land some trout for me---stay safe and enjoy your summer.

    1. Thanks Bill! I'm hoping to hit the Caney while I'm here in addition to fishing in the Smokies. Should be a good time!



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