Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 5/22/2017

Fishing is good to excellent across the area. The Caney Fork River continues to shine on both high and low water. In the Smokies, strong hatches have been keeping fish looking up.

Yesterday, Blue-winged Olives hatched for hours during the light rain and drizzle. Fish were looking up but also took nymphs well. Streamers were moving some quality fish as well. The summer hatches are well under way now. Expect Golden and Little Yellow stoneflies and Isonychia (Slate Drake) mayflies. Light Cahills and Sulfurs have been around as well.

The Caney Fork River continues to fish anywhere from good to great on high water streamer floats. Anyone who wants to target trout with streamers will find this to be exciting fishing. Low water is becoming more and more likely, and if that trend continues we will see some great low water floats. The fish are hungry and we are going into some of the best fishing months on this fine tailwater.

Cumberland Plateau smallmouth streams are rounding into fine shape now. Rain will bump flows up again, but in between the fish are hungry and willing to hammer a fly! Musky floats are about over for the year unless we get more rain.


Photo of the Month: Shad Eating Rainbow

Photo of the Month: Shad Eating Rainbow

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Light and Trout

As you probably already know just from a quick glance at the Trout Zone, I enjoy photography almost as much as I enjoy fly fishing which happens to be quite a lot. Finding that perfect shot where light and subject combine to create magic is nearly as fun as catching a nice trout. Sometimes, though, the two combine.

That is what happened the other day and I didn't even know what I had until I got home and looked at the pictures on my computer. Most pictures end up not quite as good as you remember the scene in real life. This time, however, I was definitely pleased with the result. When I snapped this picture I was just in the middle of taking several and had no idea what I had captured.

Rainbow Trout from Tremont

I love the mix of light in this picture. The below-water portion of the little rainbow trout blends in so well with the rocks that it is no wonder we have such a difficult time spotting fish in these rocky streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While I would love to take full credit for the way this picture turned out, sometimes the beauty produced by the camera is largely luck and this image definitely falls into that category. Either way, I'll enjoy remembering the smile on the angler's face during our guided fly fishing trip in the Smokies as he landed this beautiful wild rainbow trout.

9 comments:

  1. David
    I need to get much better with my images, and it starts with a better camera. Did you learn photography on your own, or take a class? What type camera are you using? Outstanding image---Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, I have learned on my own. I read the manual on my camera (a Canon Rebel T2i DSLR) and learned a lot from that. Other than that, lots of practice and trial and error has taught me a ton. Thank you for the kind words about the picture! If you decide to upgrade to a DSLR camera, I would be glad to help you out in learning how to use it sometime.

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  2. David your passions seem to be the same as mine, or mine and yours.
    I enjoy a great photograph. I agree the one posted is just that.
    Thanks

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    1. Thank you and I agree! I believe we would enjoy sharing a stream sometime if the opportunity were ever to arise. Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words.

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  3. Sometimes luck has the best "eye."
    Really interesting photo, definitely a keeper.

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  4. Great shot David. I think that one is frame-worthy!

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  5. Nice article. specially thanks David posting this helpful article. It's really best ever i seen. I think you are a great photographer.

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