Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 10/17/2018

Fishing continues to be good to excellent in the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. Delayed harvest streams are also being stocked and fishing well in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.

In the Smokies, fall bugs are in full swing. We have been seeing blue-winged olives almost daily although they will hatch best on foul weather days. They are small, typically running anywhere from #20-#24 although a few larger ones have also shown up. A few Yellow Quills are still hanging on in the mid to high elevation brook trout water although not for long. October caddis (more properly, great autumn sedges) are hatching in good numbers now on the North Carolina side of the Park and just starting on the Tennessee side. Terrestrials still have a place in your fly box as well although they are definitely winding down for the year. Isonychia nymphs, caddis pupa, and BWO nymphs will get it done for your subsurface fishing. Have some October Caddis (#12) and parachute BWO patterns (#18-#22) for dry flies and you should be set. Brook trout are still eating smaller yellow dry flies as well. Not interested in matching the hatch? Then fish a Pheasant Tail nymph under a #14 Parachute Adams. That rig can catch fish year round in the Smokies.

Brook and brown trout are now moving into the open to spawn. During this time of year, please be extremely cautious about wading through gravel riffles and the tailouts of pools. If you step on the redd (nest), you will crush the eggs that comprise the next generation of fish. Please avoid fishing to actively spawning fish and let them do their thing in peace.

Our tailwaters are still cranking although the Caney is finally starting to come down. I'm hoping to get some type of a report for there soon. Stay tuned for more on that. Fishing will still be slow overall with limited numbers of fish in that particular river unfortunately.

The Clinch is featuring high water as they try to catch up on the fall draw down. All of the recent rainfall set them back in this process but flows are now going up to try and make up some of the time lost. It is still fishing reasonably well on high water although we are holding off for the low water of late fall and early winter as it is one of our favorite times to be on the river.

Smallmouth are about done for the year with the cooler weather we are now experiencing. Our thoughts will be turning to musky soon, however. Once we are done with guide trips for the year, we'll be spending more time chasing these monsters.

In the meantime, we still have a few open dates in November and one or two in October. Feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in a guided trip. Thanks!

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Monday, November 11, 2013

Not Much Color

I'm looking out my window and noticing that it looks suspiciously like winter outside.  The leaves are pretty much gone and the grass is dead.  There's just not much color left other than the crisp blue sky.  Yesterday, in an hour or so on Boulder Creek, I noticed that the fish have moved into winter mode for the most part.  That doesn't mean that aren't eating, just that the water is super clear and low and the fish are accordingly spooky.  Oh, and the water is cold...

Looking back over pictures from the last couple of months reminds me of the great fall season I enjoyed.  Perhaps the most epic trip I did this fall was a 2 day grand tour of Colorado with my parents when they visited in early October.  The huge loop took in Independence and Kebbler passes, Aspen, Gunnison, and many other towns in between.  Of course there really wasn't any fishing on a trip like this but the scenery more than made up for the lack of fishing.  Naturally, family time meant a lot also so that in the end I didn't even miss the fishing.

I'll share some more pictures over the next few days but here are a couple to get things started.



13 comments:

  1. Cool photos, the orange looks like fire!

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    1. I thought so too and was surprised at how much orange I saw up in the mountains.

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  2. Now that's a gorgeous brown! Amazing fish.

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  3. David
    Some nice work with the camera---have you thought about a dry mount for that monster brown you landed some weeks ago?

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    1. Bill, I'll probably never get a mount of a fish, replica or otherwise, unless I happen into a lot of money. While it would be cool to get a reproduction done, the cost is just not worth it to me.

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  4. Those colors are amazing. I haven't seen that much orange before.

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    1. Howard, all the orange kept throwing me for a loop. I'm used to the golden colors with aspen but we saw a lot of orange and even some reds up there.

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  5. I am really impressed with all the wonderful fall colors this year in Colorado. Where did that second picture come from? I just been setting here fixated on that picture

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    1. Mel, that was Tagerts Lake near Aspen shot from highway 82.

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    2. Thanks for the feedback, David. It is really a pretty picture.
      BTW, if I promise not to change my blog name for the rest of my life, could I talk you into getting my new blog link put up on your blog roll and deleting the old ones?

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    3. Mel, you got it.

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  6. Anonymous4:45 PM

    The beautiful pictures reminded me of my favorite time of the year to go into the mountains. When I am in the mountains during the fall I do not just see colorful trees and dead grass. Looking at the different shades of green and yellow, I become lost in my own thoughts. For a split second I find peace and comfort. For a moment all the difficulties I am facing in life disappear. Thank you for sharing these pictures! I was reminded of the peace I rarely am able to find.
    -Amber

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