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, September 02, 2013

Overlooked Puddles

Puddles don't look like much, but they can sure surprise you.  That's what I learned today.  A long drive through the mountains eventually led me to the headwaters of a rather well-known trout stream.  Normally I chase brown trout in this particular area and today my intention was the same.  Since moving out here, I have fished a large portion of the stream and have discovered that it has more nice brown trout than most people think.

Pulling in to a familiar parking area, I quickly grabbed my gear and started the short walk to the stream. I had barely started walking when I noticed something in a small puddle along the path.  A rise???  In all likelihood, the small puddle was the work of beavers at some point in the past.  The puddle was small enough I really didn't think of looking for fish in it.


Edging over, I was soon casting.  A small and eager brook trout swirled again and again but couldn't quite figure out how to eat my fly.  I was rigged up to chase brown trout after all, and a snack for a nice brown would be a 5 course dinner for this little brookie with leftovers to spare.  Again I tossed the fly out with the same result.  On the third cast, a larger shadow swirled and found the hook!

Not a large fish, this brookie made up for lack of size with its beauty.  I was just enjoying having caught a fish out of a puddle that I'm sure many other fishermen walk right past on their way to the real trout water.


Oh yeah, I caught a few brook trout in the stream as well.  I suppose I'll be tying some brook trout colored streamers for the browns this year...

10 comments:

  1. A lesson I learned long ago. You have to fish every nook and cranny on the creek.

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    1. Mark, as often as I relearn this lesson you would think that I would have mastered it by now....instead I'm still surprised every time...

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  2. Two days ago a guy I know pulled an absolute toad out of the Clinch from an area we walk thru or past ALL the time. I was kinda shocked. The grass IS NOT always greener on the other side. Sometimes its right under your nose

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    1. Adam, it always amazes me some of the water that big fish will be on tailwaters. I regularly saw people wading on the Caney where I knew big fish would have been hanging out without the intrusion...

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  3. Great reminder and what a looker that trout is.

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    1. Thanks Atlas. It was definitely a beautiful fish!

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  4. It's unknown surprises like this that make fishing so much fun.

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    1. You're right for sure there! I learn something new every time and love each and every surprise...

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  5. David
    How many times have I overlook areas that I thought didn't hold fish, this post is a perfect example of not overlooking any waters. By the way I landed one of my best rainbows "latest post" the other day on your copper nymph. I will be getting in touch for more. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, I'm glad that fly is still working for you!

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