Guided Trips

UPDATE: 6/26/2016 Smokies Fly Fishing Report -- Current Hatches: Blue-winged Olives, Sulfurs, Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, Isonychias (Slate Drake), Little Yellow and Little Green Stoneflies, Golden Stoneflies, Tan and Cinnamon Caddis, inch worms, beetles, and ants. Hatches are sparse for the most part. Early and late is the best time to fish now with terrestrials becoming more important as a component of the trout's diet. We have reached that point in the summer where heading higher in elevation will increase your odds of success as will a good hike. High water days will be excellent in the lower elevations throwing nymphs or streamers. If you need to learn how to fish these streams and where to go, a guided trip with me can help you accomplish that!

Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: Terrestrial season is upon us but we have been boating some large trout on nymphs and midges as well. Fishing will remain great if you know the river. The best way to enjoy this fishing is out of the drift boat which allows us to access some less pressured sections. Contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.

Clinch River Fishing Report: Watch for sulfurs and be prepared with nymph, emerger, and dun imitations if the fish are noticing them. So far the hatch has not been anything to write home about. When there aren't a lot of bugs on the water, stick with small nymph, emerger, and midge patterns and you should catch some nice trout.

Holston River: Still some very nice trout being caught. There is still a mixed bag of caddis and sulfurs along with the possibility of craneflies. When nothing else is working, try midges or scuds. With the heat, the Holston will only fish well for a little longer and then it is best to give the trout there a break.

Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth fishing is anywhere from fair to good depending on the day. Most of your fishing can be on the surface now. Watch the rainfall and flow gauges to make sure the streams aren't blown out by summer thunderstorms. Otherwise it is time to fish for smallmouth bass!


Photo of the Month: Midnight Pool

Photo of the Month: Midnight Pool

Monday, March 21, 2016

Welcome Spring!

Just like that, the calendar says that spring is here. The early spring wild flowers are getting going now and in fact some of the very earliest have already peaked in a few locations. The garden has been tilled a couple of times now and plants are sprouting here in the kitchen, just waiting until I can put them in the ground in another month or so. Despite all of this, apparently Mother Nature does not read the calendar.

Yesterday, on my way home from a weekend of camping, hiking, and enjoying time with friends, I drove through a near whiteout. That is rare here in Tennessee, but to be fair, snow in the spring is to be expected. Spring usually happens in fits and starts, with the cold short days of winter only grudgingly giving in to longer warm days. The junction of the seasons can be both maddening and stunningly beautiful. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Forsythia after a spring snow storm in Tennessee
"Snowy Forsythia"


5 comments:

  1. We're expecting snow up here in the Chicagoland area tomorrow. It's been pretty windy since last week, but the temperatures have been up. Can't complain about that! Looking forward to reading about your weekend.

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  2. Beautiful pictures David! We're under a blizzard warning here today.

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  3. David
    That image is worth framing; spring is my favorite time of the year. Thanks for sharing

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  4. Snow and Forsythia, it must be early spring

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  5. Fishing is the hobby for everyone. I am sure fishing is your best hobby David. I like same. This post is awesome for perfect fishing. Thank you David share this info.

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