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, January 01, 2015

Happy New Years

Happy New Years to everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic 2015 and make this your best fly fishing year ever.  My plan is to fish and travel more this year than ever before. What plans do you have?

4 comments:

  1. I plan to target nocturnal browns as much as possible. I've got the boat rigged for it and places in mind. Now time to build up mouse collection!

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    1. Good luck Bryan! Add some sculpin patterns with big deer hair heads that push water. I've done great at night on patterns like a Madonna with a oversized head. The fish are often hunting on shallower flats adjacent to the deep water... Good luck! I'll look forward to reading about your adventures hopefully!

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  2. I plan on continuing my quest to get you back to Colorado for a bit of creek fishing.

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  3. Thanks David. Sculpin are definitely on the list! I'm looking forward to hunting flats and weed lines. I've got one river where you are just as likely to be hit by a northern pike as you are a big brown - double the fun.
    This didn't happen at night, but my fondest memory of a sculpin in action was on the Tuckaseegee above Dilsboro. I'd located some big fish while swinging plugs on an earlier trip. Went back with my heaviest fly rod and biggest sculpin. While stripping it across a prime spot I saw a torpedo of two-foot plus proportions come out to intercept it. There was no fight. The leader broke in the hookset.

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