Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 07/01/2018

Heavy rains recently means the Caney Fork River is back up. Streamer fishing will be decent to good, but this is not for everyone. Fishing in the Smokies continues to be excellent.

Wet years normally produce some fantastic fishing in the Smokies and this year is no different. No matter where we fish, it seems that the fishing is amazing this year. We have seen some nice brown trout, big rainbows, and lots of good sized brook trout this year.

Now we are getting into standard summer terrestrial fishing. Ants, inch worms, beetles, and even occasionally hoppers are all getting it done.

On the Caney Fork, flows should start coming down within a week or two. Once we start seeing low water again, the usual nymphs and midges should produce along with some terrestrials and even streamers.

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Gary at it Again

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Gary at it Again

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Big Fish

All of us enjoy catching a large fish every now and again.  My preferred catch is the brown trout but of course I will not turn down catching other species and it is even better when they are large.  A month or so ago, I stopped to sample a small meadow stream I had never fished but that showed great potential.  I'll admit, I have a soft spot for meadow streams.  Perhaps this is because we don't really have such a thing back in Tennessee (at least not trout streams) and the novelty is what appeals.  Then again, maybe it has something to do with the fact that I normally catch some really nice trout on meadow streams.  Regardless, I was doing some quick scouting to see if I would want to return.

Mostly I was just covering water.  If good fish are present, you can usually at least spook one or draw one out from an undercut with the right techniques.  It wasn't until I threw in a bend pool well downstream of where I accessed the water that I saw the large shadow swirl on my fly.  Quickly, but without much hope, I threw it right back for another try.  Amazingly I had the same result but the fish again missed the hook point.  On the third try, I started ripping the small streamer back in my direction and this time there was no doubt.  A big rainbow had hammered the fly and proceeded to run around the small stream in every direction it could think of.

Chasing up and down the bank, I finally beached the tired trout in the shallows.  The fish was not a brown trout but you won't find me complaining when they are this big...


12 comments:

  1. Definitely no complaints about that one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, needless to say, I was thrilled!

      Delete
  2. Nice fish man, what are the measurements?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You know, I never put a tape on that fish. Comparing it to others I've caught, I would say 22"-23" but that's just a guess...

      Delete
  3. David
    I love it when a trout comes back for a second look and nails your offering. Super nice trout--thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bill, it definitely had my heart going crazy by the time it hit!

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. Thanks Juan! I've got some streams down your way I'll be hitting this fall. Let me know if you are interested in chasing some big browns...

      Delete
  5. Can't tell what's bigger, the fish or the smile.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not sure either but suspect probably my smile! Definitely made my day...

      Delete
  6. Anonymous7:18 AM

    Nothing better than a big hungry determined fish in a small stream. I love it when one of these just won't give up on eating the fly! I have had fish chase the fly, and when I lifted it out prematurely they turned around and around like a playful kitten looking for it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know what you are talking about! When they are fired up they just really want that streamer...

      Delete

Newsletter

Subscribe to the Trout Zone Anglers Newsletter!

* indicates required