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, February 04, 2015

Chasing Golden Trout in the High Sierra

One of my dream trips is backpacking in the high Sierra Nevada mountains of California in pursuit of not only golden trout, but also a true wilderness experience in a habitat unlike any other that I have enjoyed yet. This video is of an epic backpacking trip high into the mountains in pursuit of golden trout. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me!

These other recent posts on the Trout Zone may interest you as well!


8 comments:

  1. The Golden awaits you. Personally I'd wait until summer.

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    1. Mark, I think I'll take your advise. Based on the stories of winter in the Sierras, I think I'll wait until some of the snow melts also.

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  2. I love that video! I've probably watched it ten times since I found it last year. What an epic experience that must be.

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    1. I just wish that I didn't have to drive clear across the country to go enjoy those mountains. I've been in the area a few times but have never backpacked out there. I guess it is just a good excuse to go back again!

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  3. I did it back in the day. It's one of the best memories I have. I didn't go far just several section of the John Muir different years. The scenery is awesome.

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  4. Here's my post about hiking part of it.
    http://featherchucker.blogspot.com/2011/08/day-hike.html

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    1. Thanks for the link Kevin. That sounds like an awesome trip! To bad about the pictures that were lost but at least you have a great memory.

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    2. I will always remember how the fish looked in my mind.

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