Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 09/04/2019

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 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

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Way Behind

I'm behind in a lot of important things I need to get done such as blogging.  I have a few fishing reports, lots of shots of the fall colors, and even some pictures of the early season snow we have started to get out here.  I'll slowly get caught up but until then, here's a shot I took last week.  Several pictures were taken and each has its own merits, but this one is interesting because my reflection shows up in each little water droplet.


In addition, I'm always a big fan of different perspectives.  The "looking straight down" shot is pretty easy.  Getting this next one took a couple more tries as I had to hold and aim the camera close to the ground without getting a good look through the viewfinder.  The texture of the leaf is being refracted through the drop leaving the drop with the some textured appearance as the leaf.  


I'll be sharing a lot more pictures and stories soon.  In the meantime, I'm off to catch up on more important things like grading...ah the life of a teacher.  

10 comments:

  1. David
    I am still in the learning to take pictures like those. Both images are exceptional and not as easy as it looks to capture that type image. What type camera are you using? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill. I shoot a Canon T2i DSLR but am also fortunate to have a steady hand. A tripod helps as well...

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  2. If I see this correctly, your reflection is in a couple of the drops in the top picture. Adds something, don't you think.

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    1. Yep, you are seeing correctly. In fact, the reflection is in every water drop, but most of them are too small to see without the original hi-res version. I thought it was pretty cool...

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  3. Dave, amazing pics! Life always has a way of getting in the way of the things we want to do. Nice post and look forward to your future posts.

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    1. Thanks! It's amazing how things can get in the way of perfectly good fishing...

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  4. Great photos David! Yes, sometimes life gets in the way. By the way, I ordered some flies from Fishingflybox. The flies were great and you certainly can't beat the price.

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    1. Howard, thanks for stopping by! That's an interesting website for flies with really good prices. I tie 99.9% of my own flies but if I'm ever in a crunch to get flies I'll definitely be using them!

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