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, February 06, 2014

Story Time

Today's entertainment is over on the fishing report at Trout Zone Anglers.  I got to rambling about trips to Yellowstone in warm weather.  Enjoy the story and the pictures of the big brown trout!


6 comments:

  1. David, that was very enjoyable, thanks!

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  2. david! Beautiful!
    I was talking to someone at my job and they are trying fly fishing for the first time here in texas- but in the late spring early summer time they are headed to southern colorado. Any suggestions for them?

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    1. That area is probably my favorite in Colorado. I love the San Juans and up to the area around Gunnison. That time of year could be tough because of runoff. If they are close to Gunnison, the Taylor River tailwater section would probably be worth hitting. The flows should be up and spread the big fish out. However, that section can be tough with picky fish. If they are willing to hire a guide it would definitely be a great experience for them. Otherwise, it will all be dependent on runoff. Some of my favorite streams were affected by fires last summer around the Wolf Creek pass area and upper Rio Grande Valley so I can't recommend that area. The Arkansas could be fishing well and the Salmonflies will be on in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. If they want to pay someone to row them down the river, that would be the trip of a lifetime if they hit it right. Finally, not sure how far south they will be but if they are up near the South Platte in Elevenmile Canyon it should be fishing very well that time of year...

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    2. thank you!! I will pass it on…
      Also-- I AM SO MUCH CLOSER TO COLORADO NOW!!
      haha! Maybe I will be hitting up some of your favorites soon!!

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    3. You (or the person you were talking to) are welcome to shoot me an email if you have any questions about specific streams or areas. I love fishing Colorado and can at least steer you in the right direction.

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