Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/01/2017

Happy New Years!!! Fishing is going to be tough for a few days. The cold snap has everything icing over except for the tailwaters. If you must fish, stay safe and be prepared for the possibility of getting wet. The streams of the Smokies are almost pointless to fish right now. That said, the forecast suggests there may be some opportunity to fish in the mountains and find a little success starting next Sunday. Temperatures above freezing are what we are looking for here. Not good odds, mind you, but certainly better than being in the deep freeze.

Tailwaters are a bit more reliable through the winter months. Streamer action should be anywhere from average to good depending on the day. On low water on rivers such as the Clinch, throw midges and you should find some fish. The Caney is still quite a ways away from seeing low water so it will be a streamer game almost exclusively.

Photo of the Month: Smoky Mountains Winter Brown Trout

Photo of the Month: Smoky Mountains Winter Brown Trout
©2017 Leah Shulley

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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