Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 11/7/2019

Fall fishing is in full swing. The Clinch River has been fishing great if you want to hit a tailwater. The Smokies are fishing well most days but that could change soon. Forecast low temperatures by the middle of next week are in the mid teens!

The Smokies are up and down based on rain and cold fronts. When its on this can be some of the best fishing of the year. Fish will feed heavily as we approach the lean cold months of winter. Orange Elk Hair Caddis are catching fish as well as Pheasant Tail nymphs, Prince Nymphs, and some other things like caddis pupa patterns. Don't forget to have your Blue-winged Olive patterns this time of year.

On tailwaters like the Clinch, brown trout and some fall spawn rainbows are doing their thing. This is a good time to review good ethics when it comes to spawning trout. Remember that these are the next generation of trout and the best thing you can do is to leave them alone. Avoid wading through spawning areas and don't fish for obvious spawners.

The Caney is still not fishing well. This should change soon as we generally start to see some opportunity for streamer fishing in December and continuing through the winter. Next spring should bring good fishing again.

Photo of the Month: Fiery Flanks and Fins

Photo of the Month: Fiery Flanks and Fins

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cataloochee Return

This year I have easily set a new personal record for most visits to Cataloochee in a single year.  Last weekend I traveled to Asheville to visit some friends.  On Saturday afternoon we made the drive over to Cataloochee.  They had never been and I wanted to show them the elk and the historic buildings, not to mention the overall scenery.  Here are a few shots from The Return.












4 comments:

  1. Great pictures. Curious about the history of the old church.

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    1. Mark, the church is called Palmer Chapel (named after one of the prominent families who lived in the value) and was a Methodist church. It was built in 1898 as the only church in the settlement of Cataloochee. The church was also the location of the meeting where the valley residents found out about the National Park and that they would be forced to sell as the valley was within the limits of the new Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The church is one of the few structures that the Park Service has preserved from the pre-Park days and is a nice stop on a tour of Cataloochee.

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  2. Looks like a beautiful area David. I hope you get a chance to show some more. Merry Christmas buddy.

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    1. Howard, it is one of my favorite parts of the Smokies. Thanks for stopping by!

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