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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What is the Craziest Thing You Have Caught While Fishing?

Help me out! I am working on an article on the question above. What is the craziest thing you have caught while fishing?

If you happen to have photographs that you would be willing for me to use, please let me know by emailing me at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com. This is for a freelance article I'm working on so only offer images if you are okay with them being used for that purpose (commercially). Thank you!

5 comments:

  1. That ought to end up pretty interesting.

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  2. A crocodile in 1969, which was immediately donated to the local Zoo (Riber Zoo) and kindly collected by a nice young lady from their reptile department, who confirmed it was a crocodile and not an alligator etc...

    It took a Matuka style fly (Ace of Spades) on a size 8 longshank Mustad hook and it weighed just over 8lbs. It was thought to have been originally bought as a little pet by someone thinking how nice it was and, when it got too big to play with anymore, was dumped in the local river system, from which it made its journey, hunting and feeding itself on the way. It is horrible to see such wild animals out of their natural surroundings, indeed out of their natural continent, never mind out of their natural country. To bring baby crocodiles to England and sell them as pets was a stupid, careless thing to do. Riber Zoo closed down some years ago, I wonder what happened to all its PRISONERS...

    RR

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    1. Now that's a good fishing story! Too bad about the people dumping them in the river though.

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  3. Not sure I can really say I caught this. I was fishing in the Sierra's and got my line caught in a tree. I snapped the line and my left over hook and salmon egg was dangling over the water from the over hanging tree. I went to go to another spot when all of a sudden I heard this blood curdling screeching sound. I ran back over to my previous spot and there hanging from my line was a bat. It had hooked itself by eating the salmon egg. What was even stranger was that this was in the middle of the day.

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