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

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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