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, May 05, 2014

Tying an Easy Yellow Sally

This is the first of what I hope will be quite a few video projects showing patterns that I tie.  Some are my own while most are existing patterns or my adaption of existing patterns.  For the first one I chose to demonstrate one of the easiest Yellow Sally patterns I know of.  This time of year sees the first hatches starting in the Smokies and as the summer goes on, this little insect will be important on many waters across the country.  Try it out, but even better, once you've tried it start experimenting.  There are some great variations that can be done with this simple pattern.


7 comments:

  1. Very nice, and great job!

    I'd love to see some pics of the flies these are meant to imitate. I don't know my insects very well...

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    1. Matthew, I'll see if I can dig some up and maybe add them to the post. Otherwise, try typing "Yellow Sally Stonefly" into Google and you will get some good shots of the naturals...

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  2. Nice tye David, can def. tell those will work in the mtns. Where did you get your polypro yarn?

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    1. I believe I bought it at Little River Outfitters but most fly shops carry it. You can normally find it in those cards in the same area as chenille, antron yarn, etc. It is great stuff. I use polypro yarn in white for parachute posts on dry flies and various colors for wings on spinner patterns...

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    2. Great, thanks David. I'll check at the local fly shop and LRO next wkend when I'm up that way if CT doesn't have it. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us.

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  3. David
    You made it look so easy; I think I might be able to tie this pattern even with the couple of fly tying lessons I have sit in on. Great Job!!!

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  4. Thanks Bill! Glad it was easy to follow. You should try this pattern if you have the stuff. You'll want it if you can make it to the Smokies sometime.

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