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

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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