Today I caught my last trout on the 2011-2012 Tennessee fishing license. Until our state becomes enlightened and switches to a different system in which a license is good for a year from the purchase date, the end of February will continue to be time for a new license. After the quick fishing excursion I stopped for a new license.
The fishing was not exactly as I planned. Upon arriving at the lake, I discovered that a threatened drawdown of the lake level for some bridge repairs had already commenced. The fish were not going to be in the expected places, but that just makes the game a little more interesting. Exploring in a couple of new spots brought continued disappointment until just before time to leave. As I was thinking about heading to the car, I spotted what looked like a rise ring. Of course, all such things must be investigated.
On the first cast, a nice healthy rainbow nailed my small beadhead simi seal leech and gave the 3 weight I was using a good workout. Pausing to appreciate the moment, I realized how tranquil the water was and enjoyed the reflection of the forest above. For the rest of this week, I'll be tying and packing for the Everglades. For real this time...no more fishing until Florida...
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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