UPDATE: 9/17/2015 -- Smokies Fly Fishing Report: Hatches are improving with this cooler weather. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Isonychia (Slate Drake) mayflies, Blue-winged Olives, Mahogany duns, Needle Stoneflies, Little Yellow Quills, and of course terrestrials are all on the water at times. Some caddis are showing up again in a few select areas and it won't be long until we see the big fall caddis starting up. Yesterday's guide trip was a success with both anglers catching the slam including one of the prettiest brook trout we've seen yet this year. The fall colors are definitely starting, at least on the fish!
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork is fishing well this year. The streamer bite has been good high water. Low water fishing is good with the usual suspects like midges and favorite nymphs. Contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to get in on this great fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth bass fishing is good when the water levels cooperate. Check flows before you go. Rain will raise water levels in a hurry on these streams. The terrestrial fishing continues to be excellent although going subsurface will at times provoke some larger fish. In my opinion, there is very little reason to throw anything other than topwater right now though. This won't be an option for too much longer once temperatures significantly start to cool and the autumn rains start so do this trip soon.
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Thursday, January 04, 2007
As Christmas break approached, I had good intentions to tie flies, lots and lots of them. I also intended to fish a lot. This goal went much better than the first as I tried two tailwaters in East Tennessee that are new to me. Unfortunately, I didn't tie up my summer supply of flies like I wanted to, probably because I'm lazy. I did manage to tie up a few dozen Zebra Midges and just last night started in on parachute Adams. These two flies are my staple for Tennessee tailwaters, the dry serving as an indicator but fish take it often enough to convince me to keep it in place of a "regular" strike indicator. Now I have to hurriedly tie as many as possible before the second semester of this school year begins. Copper Johns are high on my list as Colorado trout appear to view them as candy. Sparkle duns in various sizes and color combinations to match important western hatches need to be tied as well. With a possible trip to Yellowstone in the works, I need dry flies more than ever and lots of them at that. Stillwater flies are higher on my priority list this winter as well. My next foray into the American west will hopefully be made with a new float tube along and I intend to make the most of the opportunity. There is a lake in Arizona that is very special to me where I hope to chase its big browns. A few lakes in Colorado caught my eye last summer as well and I will hopefully be returning to these to probe the depths for trophy trout. Perhaps I'll even end up casting Callibaetis immitations to cruising fish in Montana's Hebgen lake or even Yellowstone lake. Of course, I'll have to hit some smaller backcountry stillwaters as well. Anyway, enough typing...it seems that I have a lot of ambition for my summer fishing, so I'm off to the vise...
Posted by David Knapp at 5:38 PM