Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 11/1/2018

Fishing is good in the Smokies and other mountain streams if you can catch it on a day where the wind is minimal. Otherwise, expect lots of leaves in the water for the next few days. Delayed harvest streams are also being stocked and fishing well in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.

In the Smokies, fall bugs are in full swing. We have been seeing blue-winged olives almost daily although they will hatch best on foul weather days. They are small, typically running anywhere from #20-#24 although a few larger ones have also shown up. A few October Caddis are still around as well. Terrestrials are close to being done for the year although we are still seeing a few bees and hornets near the stream. Isonychia nymphs, caddis pupa, and BWO nymphs will get it done for your subsurface fishing. Have some October Caddis (#12) and parachute BWO patterns (#18-#22) for dry flies and you should be set. Not interested in matching the hatch? Then fish a Pheasant Tail nymph under a #14 Parachute Adams. That rig can catch fish year round in the Smokies.

Brook and brown trout are now moving into the open to spawn. During this time of year, please be extremely cautious about wading through gravel riffles and the tailouts of pools. If you step on the redd (nest), you will crush the eggs that comprise the next generation of fish. Please avoid fishing to actively spawning fish and let them do their thing in peace.

Our tailwaters are still cranking although the Caney is finally starting to come down. I'm still hoping to get a firsthand report on the Caney Fork soon although it might be sometime next week or the week after before that happens at the earliest. Stay tuned for more on that. Fishing will still be slow overall with limited numbers of fish in that particular river unfortunately.

The Clinch is featuring high water as they try to catch up on the fall draw down. All of the recent rainfall set them back in this process but flows are now going up to try and make up some of the time lost. It is still fishing reasonably well on high water although we prefer the low water of late fall and early winter as it is one of our favorite times to be on the river.

Smallmouth are about done for the year with the cooler weather we are now experiencing. I caught a few yesterday on the Tennessee River while fishing with guide Rob Fightmaster, but overall the best bite is all but over. Our thoughts will be turning to musky soon, however. Once we are done with guide trips for the year, we'll be spending more time chasing these monsters.

In the meantime, we still have a few open dates in November. Feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in a guided trip. Thanks!

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Photo of the Month: Fishing in Paradise

Guided Fly Fishing

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As a long time angler and educator, I bring both the fly fishing knowledge required for a successful outing as well as the teaching skills to help you improve as a fisherman. Trips can be tailored to just about any skill level and ability. Teaching new fly fishermen is one the most rewarding aspects of my work.  Seeing the smile on someone's face after catching their first fish on a fly rod never gets old.

Veteran anglers will also enjoy a day on the water with me in the Smokies. I specialize in teaching the high-stick techniques that are so crucial to success in the freestone streams of the Smoky Mountains. If you are wanting to add some dynamic nymphing techniques to your arsenal, contact me about a day on the water. If you feel that you have mastered nymphing and dry fly presentations in the Smokies and want to try something new, a day fishing streamers in the Park might be just the thing. Contact me at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com to discuss your skill set and expectations before planning on a day of streamer fishing.

In addition to the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains, I also guide on the Caney Fork River offering float trips in a beautiful drift boat or walk/wade trips and several warm water rivers and streams as well. Contact me at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com to set up a trip today!


RATES (Other Trip Options and Their Rates at Guide Site Above)

Full Day Trips

Wade Trips                                                 Float Trips
$300     - 1 Angler                                      $375     - 1 Angler
$325     - 2 Anglers                                    $395     - 2 Anglers


Half Day Trips

Wade Trips                                                Float Trips
$200     - 1 Angler                                     $275     - 1 Angler
$225     - 2 Anglers                                   $295     - 2 Anglers

Wader and Boot Rental: $15
Wader Only Rental:       $10
Boot Only Rental:          $5


Half day trips include flies and drinks.  Full day trips include flies, lunch, and drinks.  You should bring any gear of your own that you prefer to fish with as well as all wading equipment.  I do have a limited selection of wading gear available for a small rental fee.  Other items to bring include a camera, a hat, good polarized sunglasses, and rain gear.  In general, trips will not be cancelled just because it is raining unless there is a legitimate safety concern.

A 50% deposit is required upon booking to save your trip.  Upon booking, your spot will be held for up to 72 hours. If the deposit has not been paid by that time, your reservation will be cancelled. The remainder of the booking fee is due a minimum of 48 hours prior to the trip. You may choose to pay the full guide fee at the time of booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY

We reserve the right to cancel any trip for reasons of weather-related safety. The decision will usually be made with the client's input. In the event that we cancel the trip for weather-related reasons, you can either receive a full refund or apply the money to a future trip. Trips cancelled by the client at least 14 days prior to the trip are eligible for a complete refund minus a $15 processing fee. Any cancellation less than 14 days before the scheduled trip will result in loss of the deposit. Cancellations inside the 48 hour window before the trip will result in the loss of all trip funds.

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