Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 04/19/2019

Easter Weekend Update: The Smokies have been pounded with rain today and will feature high water through the holiday weekend. If you must get out and fish, wait until late in the weekend and be very cautious. Fish the edges and stay safe!

Otherwise...our early hatches are giving way to lighter colored bugs now. Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, Blue-winged Olives, March Browns, and Hendricksons have all been on the water at times. The huge Black Stoneflies are around now as well and providing some big bites for hungry trout. Sulfurs should be starting fairly soon, especially with all of the nice weather we are having. Little Yellow Stoneflies are just starting to show up now as well and will get much stronger as May approaches. The yearly pinnacle of spring dry fly fishing is quickly approaching!

Tailwaters are starting to fish well. The Caney Fork is still blowing a LOT of water. That should change fairly soon if we don't get too much rain. I'm thinking we might start seeing some opportunities in early May if things hold steady, maybe sooner. The Clinch has been fishing extremely well. Big hard fighting rainbow and brown trout are the target here on light tippets and tiny flies. Bring your A game or go home disappointed. Sulfurs should start to really take off shortly along with more caddis than we have already been seeing. On Tuesday's float, fish were taking a variety of bugs including midges, caddis, and the odd sulfur.

Warm water options are really taking off as well. That is assuming that flows cooperate. Big rain events will shut this down for a few days, but otherwise, everything is fishing very well right now!

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Friday, November 15, 2013

Not My Plans

We can plan, but the ability to change direction is crucial.  Yesterday, I found out that my school will be downsizing due to budget cuts.  Along with two friends, I was on the list of cuts to be made.  Right now I have no idea where I will end up.  Teaching is a lot of fun and very rewarding, but at this point I may end up heading in a different direction.  I may end up back in Tennessee and if I do I'll probably do some part-time guiding at least to help make ends meet for a while.  So, basically, while this is not my plans, I'm ready for a new adventure and new challenge.  Something in the fly fishing industry would be pretty cool but right now the best I'm hoping for is perhaps that bit of guiding I already mentioned.  However, if anyone has any information on job openings I'm all ears.  As things are now pretty uncertain and hectic, I will not be posting as much.  Please know I'm doing great and once I have a chance to get out on the water I'll still be providing the fishing reports and information that you are used to seeing here.  This too shall pass but in the meantime your thoughts and prayers would be much appreciated.  Thank you!

8 comments:

  1. Well, that just sucks. I'll certainly keep my fingers crossed that all will be well. I'll be here when you get back.

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    1. David
      I am sorry to hear about your job lose, but know as far as teaching is concerned, you should be able to find another position soon. Will you lose employment with this school system at the end of this semester? Are you a math teacher, if so it would be easier for you to find another teaching position quicker? I know you could do well guiding either back in Tennessee or out that way. Keep us abreast of how things are going with you. By the way if you come back to Tennessee to guide I will be one of your first customers. Take care

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  2. David, I'm really sorry to hear this. I can't imagine what that feels like. I know whatever you do, you'll land on your feet. Please keep us posted as often as you can so we don't worry that you're on the street.

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  3. Wow, David, I am disappointed in this turn of events for you. Not the time or the season for that too happen to anyone. When the shock wears off, I am sure that you will make a solid decision based on your needs. Looking forward to hearing about your next life adventure.

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  4. Sorry to hear that David. Things happen in life and we have to make adjustments at times. I spent a few years guiding and found it to be some of most rewarding work I've ever done and don't regret a minute of it. I have close friends in education in the East Bay that may know of opportunity in the far west? I can always ask since we are fishing together over the next week. Take care

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  5. Sorry to hear that. What kind of teaching do you do? I myself am currently working on my doctorate and hoping to get into teaching at the small liberal arts level. You have my thoughts and prayers as you move forward.

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  6. David! Hang in there buddy. I believe things happen for a reason and that fly fishing passion may take you in another direction that allows you to teach, fly fish, and take the amazing photos you take!

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  7. Good luck. I was laid off 2 years ago and can relate to what you are going through. It has provided me with lots of fishing time, which has been therapeutic.

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