November Fly Fishing Smoky Mountains

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November Fly Fishing Smoky Mountains

November is one month that most people tend to overlook when thinking about trout fishing, especially fly fishing. There’s no reason for this other than leaf season has passed and November is spent watching football and waiting on Thanksgiving to get here. What most folks may not realize is that fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding region is amazing! This is the time of year we start to see much larger trout become increasingly active, and we have more Brown Trout caught in November than any other month of the year.

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Where we are fishing;

The Tuckasegee River

The Tuckasegee River is the hottest destination in the South. By November 7th, the Tuckasegee will have 17,000 trout per mile! Fly Fishing the Smokies offers both Wade Trips and Float Trips on this fantastic river. We get into some incredible Brook Trout and Brown Trout on this fishery with November seeing some good dry fly action in the early afternoons. Float Trips are a great way to cover more water and cast to more fish without having to wade slippery river bottoms. Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout are all present in the river system along with Smallmouth Bass. Catching a Grand Slam of all four species is possible in a single day.

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Cherokee Trophy Section

The Cherokee Tropy Section on the Raven Fork is absolutely on fire this month. The biggest, baddest, trout in the land call the Raven Fork home. True River Monsters in every sense of the word. These fish fight hard and provide a challenge for even the most skilled angler. The Raven Fork is where we see the Elk from the Smokies while fishing. It’s an awesome experience to fish the Raven Fork.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

November is a good time to fish the Great Smoky Mountains. The Brown and Brook trout inside the park will start to spawn as tempratures drop. We do not fish for actively spawning fish. However, before trout spawn they gorge themselves on anything that hits the water trying to pack on fat stores. Rainbow trout will also be eating as many calories as possible, getting ready for Winter. Warm weather will keep the action inside the Great Smoky Mountains very good for the entire month!

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Nantahala River

The Nantahala River is an excellent choice for Fall Fly Fishing and fishes fabulous in November. The Nantahala is one of Trout Unlimited’s Top 100 Trout streams in the nation and is home to the state record Brown Trout. Its no secret that Fall is the best time to target monster Brown trout and the Nantahala river rarely disappoints. The Nantahala river is loaded with Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout.  We fish several different sections of the Nantahala River from the lower tailwater section, to its upper reaches above Standing Indian. The Nantahala has it all!

The Science of it

November marks a very important time in a trout’s life cycle where they must eat as many calories as possible for several reasons; One is winter is fast approaching and trout need to eat as many calories as possible to have some fat stores. The second is this time of year Brown trout and Brook trout start to spawn. Spawning burns up tons of energy and fat stores so trout need to replace these at a very rapid rate. In other words, Fish eat more in November!

We’ll see you on the water!

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October 31st Fly Fishing Report

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 October 31st Fly Fishing Report

October has been good to us this month. Unseasonably warm weather the first three weeks of the month caught everyone off gaurd with highs that soared into the low to mid 80’s. It is October right? The weather is starting too cool off now, and rapidly I might add. Seems we have gone from Summer straight to Winter. The past two days we have seen snow flying round the region with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park being closed due to snow accumulation in the high tops. The park has now opened again and temps are warming back up to normal.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The fishing inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been spot on with fantastic dry fly fishing each day! The wild trout inside the Smokies are eating heavily in preparation for colder weather. This time of year there is a cornucopia of food items available for trout which plays out the way Mother Nature intended. Trout need all the calories they can get. Brown and Brook trout start spawning in late Fall and need the extra fat stores for energy to swim against currents and travel longer distances to suitable spawning habitat. They also will need all the fat layer they can get to survive the brutal winter in the Smokies backcountry. Water temps are starting to get into the low 50’s inside the park and the trout will continue to be very active until after Thanksgiving, possibly longer depending on conditions

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Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing

The water temperatures in the Tuckasegee river have started cooling off and the fishing has picked up nicely. We’re starting to see an increased level of activity from the both Rainbow and Brown trout. The catch and release season is in full swing on the Tuckasegee where we currently have 10,000 stocked trout per mile! Those are incredible numbers until you realize that in early November the river will be stocked once again and that number soars to 17,000 trout per mile! Wild Brown’s are also entering the water system from Fontana Lake and coming up river in preparation of spawning season. Catching one of these bigger and much stronger fish requires some skill and a bit of luck. As the Fall season progresses and water temperatures drop, the feeding activity on the Tuckasegee river will get dramatically better. November and December are exceptional months to float the Tuckasegee in search of large trout.

 

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Raven Fork Fly Fishing

The Raven Fork in Cherokee is such an awesome place to fly fish, especially this time of year. A few unique aspects of this fishery is that we get to fish with the Elk! Fall is rutting season for the Elk and sightings are a very common place with fly fishing here. The Trophy Section parallels the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and offers beautiful scenery and some truly monsterous trout. Fall is when these big fish start getting very active and feed consistently throughout the day. Wade trips here can be pretty incredible and the possibility of catching your personal best trout are high on this stretch. The Raven Fork is stocked twice each week outside of the Trophy Section and offers great fly fishing opportunities as well.

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Nantahala River Fly Fishing

The Nantahala River is an excellent choice for Fall Fly Fishing and has been fishing top notch this month. The Nantahala is one of Trout Unlimited’s Top 100 Trout streams in the nation and is home to the state record Brown Trout. Its no secret that Fall is the best time to target monster Brown trout and the Nantahala river rarely disappoints. We also catch some beautiful Rainbow trout here as well.

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Cullasaja River Fly Fishing

The Cullasaja is hands down the most beautiful and most impressive river that we guide on. Known as the waterfall highway, US 64 between Franklin and Highlands NC, follows this magnificent river which boasts 11 waterfalls. This beautiful river is home to some of the most colorful butter bellied Brown trout that you have ever layed your eyes on! Stealthy approaches and sure-footedness are paramount here as you make you way along the tannic colored stream bed. These fish are aggressive in the Fall and fight like they hate you! One false move and they spook faster than a bunch of kids running from a red haired clown on Halloween!

Fall around the Smoky Mountains and surrounding region is hard to neat. Perfect weather and beautiful scenery combine with trout fishing at its peak. What’s not to love?

We’ll see you on the water!

 

 

October 31st Fly Fishing Report
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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report October 4th

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report October 4th

October is an exciting month to fly fish the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding region. Our trout fishing hits peak this month and the action is nothing short of incredible! Combine world class fly fishing with superb Fall foliage colors and you’ve got yourself a fantastic time in the mountains. The prospects of this years Fall season are the best in years

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The Smokies are forecasted to have some of the best Fall colors in decades. Spectacular Fall colors and a slight crisp in the air gives way to fantastic trout fishing in the Smokies. The mountain trout streams come alive as Brown trout and Brook trout get ready for Fall spawning season. Rainbow trout will be eating heavily to fatten up for the winter ahead. The cooler temperatures of Fall get fish more active, and feeding increases dramatically. Dry fly action can be some of the best of the year. Several species of Caddis start hatching and brings fish to the surface to feed. The long standing favorite hatch of October, aptly named the October Caddis, is large bright orange Caddis that can be seen from the space shuttle or under even the lowest hanging rhodendron. Trout will go crazy for them all day long.

Tuckasegee River kick off

The Tuckasege River trout fishing kicks off the first week of October! Catch and Release regulations start October 1st and the river will be stocked with thousands of trout per mile. The section of the Tuckaegee river near Bryson City will have 10,000 trout per mile! Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout that average from 12-25 inches will be in the river along with the resident wild trout population too. This makes for some incredible action for anglers of all skill levels, and is the perfect place for beginners looking to learn how to fly fish! We offer Wading trips and Drift Boat trips on the Tuckasegee River.

Cherokee Trophy Section

The Cherokee Trophy Section on the Raven Fork is an awesome place to fly fish in the Fall. Cooler water temperatures will have the River Monsters of Cherokee feeding well and catching the trout of your life is possible. The Trophy Section offers a unique experience as the Elk commonly cross the river while we are fishing. Fall is also rutting season for Elk and often times they can be heard bugling across the Oconaluftee River valley. The scenery is fantastic as you fish alongside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. Access to the water is good and this section offers some of the easier wading of anywhere in the region.

Weather this week

The weather this week is looking pretty nice. Afternoon temps reaching low 80’s and high 70’s across the mountains with nightly lows dipping into the low 60’s. There is some rain in the forecast for Sunday through Tuesday with highs reaching the upper 70’s. Its a great time to be outside in the Smokies!

 

We’ll see you on the water!

 

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Fall Colors starting in the Great Smoky Mountains

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Fall Colors starting in the Great Smoky Mountains

Its beginning to look like Fall across the Great Smoky Mountains. Colors are starting to turn in the high elevations and its shaping up to be an early color season with one that promisies to have bright vivid yellows, reds, and oranges!

High elevations are expected to reach their peak the first weekend of October. Areas such as Mt LeConte, Clingmans Dome, Mt Cammerer,  Mt Guyot, and Mt Kephart will all be looking their best on the tops. Great hikes to see the best colors will be to start at NewFound Gap and head out on the Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion. Views from here are breathe taking anytime of year but will be especially beautiful during peak color season. Another staff favorite is to hike from Clingmans Dome and drop off down Forney Creek to Fontana Lake.

Mid elevations will peak colors by the second weekend of October. If temperatures drop or we see a little bit of rain this could be earlier,  possibly mid week of the second week. Places like Maddron Bald, Mt Cammerer, Shuckstack, and Lonesome Pine will all be looking their best. Favorite hikes this time of year are hands down Shuckstack Fire Tower. Start just past Fontana Dam and head up Shuckstack Trail. Some of the most dramatic views in the Smokies can be found from the firetower itself. Another staff favorite is to start at Deep Creek from the horse trailer parking and head up the Noland Divide trail to Lonesome Pine Overlook. Outstanding views and solitude reward those willing to make the uphill pull.

Lower elevations will see peak colors around the third week of October. This is where you can see some of the most dramatic variations and brightest colors. Hardwood forests of Oaks, Maple, Cherry and Hickory create a palate of every color imaginable. Some of our favorite hikes this time of year will be the Little River Trail to Husky Branch Falls, Deep Creek to Indian Creek Falls, and Porters Creek Trail to the old Smoky Mountain Hiking Club Cabin.

Do you ever wonder which trees turn what colors?

  • Tulip Poplar: golden yellow
  • Birch: bright yellow
  • Black Cherry: yellow
  • Dogwood: deep red
  • Sourwood: brick red
  • Shining Sumac: red
  • Hickories: golden-bronze
  • Oaks: red, brown, or russet
  • Sugar Maple: orange-red
  • Black Maple: glowing yellow
  • Red Maple: bright scarlet or orange

Fall Fly Fishing

Fall is one of the most pleasurable times to Fly Fish in the Great Smoky Mountains. You really can’t go wrong this year in terms of best location. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will have the Tennessee side of the Smokies full of wild trout. Some of the most breath taking scenery and trout are on the Tennessee side of the Smoky Mountains. The Bryson City and Cherokee region has even more to choose from. The North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains offers miles of wild trout streams inside the park, along with the phenomenal Tuckasegee River and the Cherokee Trophy Section. Of course there is the holy grail of trout streams in Bryson City too, the legendary Hazel Creek! Guests staying near Maggie Valley and Waynesville will have their region of the Smokies plus the West Fork of the Pigeon River. You simply cannot go wrong for fishing this time of year!

Get your vacations planned, and your cabins and fishing trips booked early this year. Space is filling up fast!

We’ll see you on the water!

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Great Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage Prediction 2017

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Great Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage Prediction 2017

The Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Fall colors are predicted to be incredibly brilliant for 2017! Biologists are forecasting one of the best color season in decades. The Southern Appalachian mountains, which include the Smokies, have one of the most colorful and longest running fall leaf seasons in the world. 2017 is certainly going to be the year for brilliant Fall colors in the Smoky Mountains region.

The Great Smoky Mountains have received above normal amounts of rain this spring and early summer. Combine the perfect mix of moisture, sunny days, and cooler temperatures you have all the ingredients for healthy tree and leaf growth. Healthy leaves during the Summer equates to beautiful full color leaves in the Fall. As late August approached the rains subsided some letting the soil conditions dry somewhat which lay the groundwork for adding brightness to leaf colors. Fall 2017 in the Great Smoky Mountains is absolutely the year you don’t want to miss!

When is the Peak Fall Colors

The peak season for Fall colors will be earlier than normal this year. Cooler overall temperatures the past several weeks have some areas starting to turn and we are seeing signs of colors starting to change all across most locations. Peak conditions will be almost a week earlier putting the second week of October as the target for viewing leaves at their best and seeing the most widespread color. Keep in mind that different sides of the mountains and elevations play a large part in how quickly colors change or long they hold out to reach peak color.

The highest elevations will see leaves start changing first and reaching peak colors the first week of October. The highest points along the Smokies and Blue Ridge such as Clingmans Dome, Mt Leconte, and Water Rock Knob are predicted to reach peak colors the first week of October. Lower elevations will take longer to reach peak colors, so as you drop in elevation the colors will take longer to change and reach their peak. Fall colors this year should last longer than in previous years due to a healthy forest. So if you happened to be one of many who booked your vacation for the third week of October you’re still going to find plenty of vibrant colors.

Amazing Fall Fly Fishing

Another plus of the cooler weather, is the fishing will be dramatically better this year as well. Fish love cooler temperatures, and the Fall is one of the most pleasurable times to Fly Fish in the Great Smoky Mountains. You really can’t go wrong this year in terms of best location. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will have the Tennessee side of the Smokies full of wild trout. Some of the most breath taking scenery and trout are on the Tennessee side of the Smoky Mountains. The Bryson City and Cherokee region has even more to choose from. The North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains offers miles of wild trout streams inside the park, along with the phenomenal Tuckasegee River and the Cherokee Trophy Section. Of course there is the holy grail of trout streams in Bryson City too, the legendary Hazel Creek! Guests staying near Maggie Valley and Waynesville will have their region of the Smokies plus the West Fork of the Pigeon River. You simply cannot go wrong for fishing this time of year!

Get your vacations planned, and your cabins and fishing trips booked early this year. Space is filling up fast!

We’ll see you on the water!

 

 

 

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September Fishing Report Great Smoky Mountains

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September Fishing Report Great Smoky Mountains

September in the Great Smoky Mountains region has always been one of the most overlooked months for fishing. Not really sure why other than kids have started back to school and folks aren’t taking much time off for vacation. Fact is September offers some fabulous fishing in both the Smokies and on our larger rivers such as the Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee. Trout and Smallmouth Bass both are starting to feed more aggressively as stream and river temperatures start cooling off and Fall approaches. Most often you have streams and rivers all to yourself. Solitude, scenery, and great fishing makes September a good bet.

The visiting angler in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can expect to see larger Browns and Rainbows becoming increasingly active  especially around mid morning into late evening. Big meaty flies fished deep will entice the biggest fish to eat. The sides and smaller eddies wil have plentiful rainbows ambushing your offerings. Brook Trout in the higher elevations are eating anything that hits the water, particularly so on cooler sunny days. Spawning Season for Brook trout and Brown trout is fast approaching. Typically when stream temps fall to 50 degrees these trout will lay their eggs. This usually happens around late October. This time of year its all about packing on the calories.

Some of the best hatches to be looking for might not be a typical hatch at all. September we see loads of beetles ants hoppers and crickets along the creeks and rivers. These food items are often referred to as terrestrials. You should have plenty of these patterns on hand as they can offer some fantastic dry fly fishing inside the park. By mid September we start seeing one of our favorite hatches of the year which is the Ocotber Caddis. Because of it’s name, most folks think this species of Caddis only hatches during its namesake month. Fortunately this is to so. The October Caddis is a huge meaty Caddis fly that is sort of a bright burnt orange and is large enough to be seen from outer space. Even the most visually challenged anglers can spot an October Caddis dry fly on the surface.

The Smallmouth Bass on the Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee rivers will start getting more aggressive this month as well. Baitfish from Fontana Lake start pushing up the river mouths and this really turns the bass bite on. We are already seeing this happening in certain locations now. The bass compete for food and real estate with the biggest fish winning the contest. We like to call it clash of the titans!

September is a great month to go fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains region. Most days you have the water to yourself and some very good action too. What’s not to love about that!?

 

We’ll see you on the water!

 

 

 

 

September Fishing Report Great Smoky Mountains
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Fall Fly Fishing

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Fall Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

Fall Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains is simply breathe taking! Fall leaf colors are popping everywhere as mother nature paints the landscape. While the leaves are at work turning more colors than a box of Crayons, the trout are also creating their own visceral spectacle.

Fall is the second peak for fishing in the Smoky Mountains. Literally every stream and river in the area will fish at its best again! If there ever was a time you wanted to try Fly Fishing, Fall is it!

Two locations to serve you best! Gatlinburg TN, and Bryson City NC

Rates starting at $75.00 per person!

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Trout Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park fishes incredible for wild trout in the Fall. The park streams are the prettiest place we guide, and is home to the most beautiful fish in the region. The streams are full of Rainbow, Brown and rare Southern Appalachian Brook trout. You won’t find a more beautiful place to spend the day than inside the park. Dry fly action is on fire this time of year. Hungry trout smash your fly at over 40mph trying to get fattened up before winter sets in!

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Cherokee Trout Fishing

The Fall Fly Fishing in Cherokee North Carolina is spectacular! Cherokee has 30 miles of water that is stocked twice each week with Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout. Cherokee also is home to the Golden Rainbow trout as well! Cherokee has a Fly Fishing Only Trophy Trout section that is world class. Fly Fishing for these monster trout will put a huge smile on your face. Trout here grow to massive proportions, the biggest fish we catch are here in Cherokee on the Raven Fork. It’s certainly trout fishing like you dream about, especially in the Fall!

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Fall Fishing the Tuckasegee River

The Tuckasegee River is the hottest destination for fly fishing in the south from October through May! If you want to catch lots of fish, and big fish too, the Tuckasegee River is for you! Stocked heavily with Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout, the Tuckasegee River is a fisherman’s dream! With over 16,000 trout per mile in the Fall, this is one hot fishery! We offer both Wade Trips and Float Trips on this legendary river. Our guides have more experience on the Tuckasegee River than anyone else. Call ahead for availability, this one will fill fast!

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Was your Summer fun?

Where did Summer go?

I sit here this morning with another first day of school behind us now. Seems like only yesterday we were dropping them off at pre-K for their first big day. I remember them clinging to my legs begging not to go, and their momma trying to hold back the tears because her babies were growing up. Now I pull up to the parent drop off at high school and middle school and they act like they don’t know who you are. Lol! Times change, and nothing changes faster than a growing child. At the start of every school year my wife takes a picture of them together and its really neat to see how much they have grown and changed. Its also sad in a way once it gets quiet and I think about only a few more years with them at home,and then its off to college.

Today it’s quiet now around the office. I sit and wonder if my kids had a great summer vacation or not. Did I do enough this year for them? Was their Summer fun? Only they can answer that one. I can only gauge it by my summer vacations that stick out now in my memories and judge what I thought was fun against what they have done. Hopefully I did enough to create some great memories for them.

Its all about creating memories

Back in July we planned a camping trip to Fontana Lake on the north shore at a national park camping site. Its a beautiful place on a small island that is part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The site stays booked and you have to reserve it well in advance in order to get a spot. The weather was calling for 80% chance of thunderstorms the first day. Now everyone knows in the Smokies, you may or may not get what they call for, weather here is unpredictable at best. We packed the boat with gear as it looked like another missed forecast. Once at the boat ramp the skies grew dark and it looked like we were in for it. I wanted to call off the dogs and head for the house, but nothing would do my daughter than to go camping. So we launched our pontoon and headed full steam ahead for the island. Its quiet a ways to the island and when you are in a boat that has a top speed closer to that of a snail, well, you don’t go anywhere fast. Half way there the skies closed in on us and all the heavens opened. I’m not sure how Noah felt all those years ago, but I think I have an idea. We couldnt turn around and we couldnt keep going so we were forced to take shelter. We tucked into a cove, got off the boat, and huddled low in a swag on the lake shore praying that we didnt get struck by lightning. I was sort of worried and was trying to be the brave one and assure my family that we were going to be ok. I looked over at my daughter who was smiling from ear to ear. She couldnt contain herself. This is fun she was hollering loudly above the thunder. She was having a blast and here I was scared to death and worried. The storm blew over as quickly as it started, soaking wet we trudged onward. Once at camp, my daughter kept saying “see aren’t you glad that you listened to me we came on anyways?!” She said its “all about creating memories and we just made a bunch of them!” I cant argue with that.

So as summer grows quickly to an end. Get out and make some memories. With the holiday weekend fast approaching, I know where I’m going to be, on another adventure with my kids, and weather be danged!

See ya’ll on the water!

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report August 27

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report August 27

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report August 27

The Great Smoky Mountains are fishing well this week. Cooler night time lows and some scattered showers across the region have cooled things just a tad and turned the fishing on.

The park streams around Cherokee and Gatlinburg are fishing particularly well. Higher elevations and back country locaions off the beaten path are fishing best of course. Currently we are fishing around 2,800ft in elevation and above. The water temps here are great and the action is much better.

We are seeing good hatches early morning of brown Stoneflies and tan Caddis. By late evening we’re seeing lots of Tricos. As always this time of year terrestrials such as inch worms, crickets and grasshopper patterns are working well. Nothing beats a small hopper dry fly in park streams along the fields of Cade’s Cove and Cataloochee.

The forecast this week is calling for some rain starting Wednesday and continuing through Sunday. Wednesday is supposed to be round 80% chance and tapering off as the week progresses. As always you never know in the Smoky Mountains how the weather will turn out. It could be raining on one side of the mountain and dry on the other. So we tend to pay little attention to the forecast and concentrate more on the fishing. Fish are already wet, so they don’t even know it’s raining!

The photo above is from a recent trip to Hazel Creek. The fishing here has been very good all month long. We’re seeing some fine days on the most storied stream in the Smokies right now. Brown tout seem to be getting more aggressive as summer winds to an end.

Also much needed prayers for our friends down in Texas and Louisiana as hurricane Harvey still hammers down across the region.

Tight Lines y’all!

 

 

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report August 27
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Fly Fishing the Solar Eclipse

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The Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017 will forever be one of the most amazing days living and just being in the Smoky Mountains of my life.

I headed out to Forney Creek by way of Fontana Lake at the 288 boat ramp just below Bryson City. Not much activity to report out of the ordinary before the actual eclipse got started. Typical hot August day with nary a cloud in the sky, spooky fish and very little activity. That all changed dramatically once the moon started making its way in front of the sun.

I carried a pair of the cheap solar viewing glasses with me and started watching the clock and then verifying the time with what I saw. You could have set an alarm with it. Once the Eclipse started, the action turned on like flipping a light switch. It was very similar to that late evening action you get just before dark, except only better. Caddis flies started getting very active for a brief time and birds got really quiet. Crickets started coming out by the hundreds, and you could see them on the banks moving around. Tons of crickets, more than I have seen at one time. The sound of them all was loud enough to hear above the rushing waters of Forney Creek. I had already anticipated the crickets in my pre-trip planing and had a Cricket dry fly tied on a dry/dropper setup. Glad I did some reading into an Eclipse before the trip. This pattern and setup absolutely wrecked house for me once the eclipse got started. I caught fish after fish on the sides of runs and in eddies of slower water. I suppose the crickets were out in so much force that plenty of them were falling into the water and the trout were going crazy for them.

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I only fished a very short distance up Forney Creek as my family was with me, and our plans were to be at the forks of the river where the Tuckasegee River and Little Tennessee Rivers meet for the total darkness portion. So once the moon got to a 1/4 crescent we blasted down the lake to witness a possible once in a lifetime event together. As we we headed down Lake Fontana there were breaking bass all over the lake. Even more breaking fish than I would normally see on any given evening of fishing down there, and this was in the middle of the day! Definitely not typical of any Fontana bass fishing I’ve ever saw.

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Watching the Eclipse was very surreal. It had to be the coolest natural occurrence I’ve ever seen. Living in the Smoky Mountains you get to see Mother Nature at her finest, but this by far surpassed any experience I’ve ever had. The fishing, for a brief time, was some of the best I have had in the park.

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Once the sun poked back out we headed back up to Forney Creek. I tied the boat off in a hurry, and dashed back up stream to start fishing where I had left off. I was very anxious to see if the action was still that good. On my run back up the trail, I noticed the crickets had stopped chirping and the birds were singing again. I kept thinking over and over in my head that it was gone, gone with the passing moon, and maybe something I may never get to experience again. I’m sad to say that the magical fishing from just a short time earlier had disappeared with the Eclipse. Hopefully I’m still around and physically able to fish when the next Eclipse passes over the Smoky Mountains, as I cant wait to do this again!

 

 

 

 

Fly Fishing the Solar Eclipse
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