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...

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Quiet

Perhaps the best part of my recent camping trips has been escaping from suburban life if even for 36 hours or so.  Spending the night away from civilization where there are no neighbors for a few miles is as good as it gets.  The only sounds are the wind in the trees, little creatures scurrying about in the night, and the creek flowing by, murmuring quietly in the flat sections and being more rowdy as the gradient increases.

While I'm normally focused on the fishing, I still like to take time to merge into the quiet landscape.  Being still with nature brings the realization that there are a lot more sounds out there than you realized.  The Robins are still around despite the cold mornings, holding off on migrating south until the last possible minute.  I even heard what sounded suspiciously like a Red-winged Blackbird in the morning.  Squirrels chatter and scold and then go about their business again, collecting food for the cold months ahead.

As the landscape comes alive, I realize that it isn't necessarily quiet I'm after, rather removal from the hustle and bustle of city living.  Nature is peaceful, but definitely not quiet.  As I begin to appreciate everything around me, I begin to see things in a new light.

As the new quiet descends, my appreciation for my surroundings increases and the trip is no longer just about the fishing.  My camera comes out as I try to capture the moments of peace and beauty.  When I start missing the woods, I'll look back at my pictures and remember the good times I've had.









16 comments:

  1. Very nice. Thanks for taking us along.

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    1. Thanks for visiting this place with me Mark.

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  2. Nice images! Cant beat quality time outdoors....regardless of the amount of time you are out there. Chasing fish or chasing photos two passions in harmony without a doubt! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yep, those two things go together perfectly if you ask me. Thanks for reading.

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  3. Great read and some very nice photos as well. The world would be a better place if more folks just slowed down and tried to enjoy the beauty of nature around them.

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    1. I agree! I wish more people would stop to appreciate nature.

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  4. Very well stated, David. Peace is where you find it. You certainly have a good grasp on the moment. Beautiful pictures!

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  5. David
    You and that camera are turning out some special images out that way. Some of those images should be framed. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, one of these days I hope to print a few.

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  6. I'm still waiting. My bags are packed and I'm ready to go. Great photos David.

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  7. Nice Brown! Look close at image # 3 ...there is a face in rocks!

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  8. Stunning! Always impressed with the quality of photos on your site sir.

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