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

Monday, January 27, 2014

Arctic Outbreak

We are returning to the deep freeze for a few more days here in Tennessee.  Cold air is now pouring into the area and will affect us through Wednesday.  By Thursday we will see the temperature reach a balmy 41 degrees, good enough to make me think about hitting the river again.

Speaking of the river, I made it down to the Caney Fork yesterday.  The catching was on the slow side.  The fish did seem to like my tiny #24 thread and Krystal Flash midge pattern.  Best of all, I made a couple of observations that should lead to a much more successful trip on Thursday.  The tying bench will be getting a good workout over the next couple of days.

In the long term, I'm contemplating another trip to the Smokies sometime in the next week or so and then I head out to Colorado for a couple of weeks.  While there, I might get a bit of fishing time in but mostly it will be time to spend with friends.

By late February, I'll be tying in earnest and hopefully the cold weather will be ready to give way to the spring hatches.  I still have to finish paperwork with the National Park Service to run guided trips in the Smokies, but as soon as that is complete I'll be booking trips for anyone looking for a guided trip in the Park.  As the weather warms, I'll be adding some options here on the Cumberland Plateau as well including remote backcountry smallmouth wade trips and possibly musky as well.  When generation schedules allow, wade trips on tailwaters will also be a possibility.

Stay tuned here for fishing updates as well as some good patterns I hope to be sharing soon!

1 comment:

  1. Oh man, I would love to see you post some stuff on Muskie! Love your trout stuff so I can only imagine the Muskie trips will be of the same caliber. I have boated three in my life and distinctly remember each one.

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