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!?

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report August

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Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report August

Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fishing superb this summer. Afternoon showers have kept water levels about perfect and stream temperatures in great shape for trout! August is typically a very hot and dry month, however thats not the case this year.

We are seeing good hatches this month on Hazel Creek. The trout are very active and feeding aggressively. Terrestrial patterns are the hot ticket this month with tons of inch worms, beetles and ants present along the trees and bank sides. Small hopper patterns have also been a hot bet as several sections of Hazel Creek have grassy areas along the banks and grasshoppers commonly fall into the water. Fishing terrestrials provide some fantastic dry fly opportunities for wild trout during time periods where fish may not otherwise be willing to come to the surface. I suppose it’s the idea of eating the same old thing day after day and then having the opportunity to eat something different for a change. You would be pretty excited about it too!

We are catching good numbers of Browns and Rainbows on Hazel Creek in the lower sections from Proctor to just below Bone Valley. Wild Browns are starting to become more active during the daylight hours. This is partly because the temps and conditions across the park have more a September feel to them which triggers the trout to start feeding heavier in preparation for spawning season and the oncoming winter. The upper reaches of Hazel Creek have ben excellent for Brook trout fishing this month. Cooler back country temps have the Brookies feeding aggressive with great dry fly action!

We still have a few spots left this month for our Hazel Creek Day Trips. If you happen to be in the neighborhood and want to experience one of the most epic areas in the Smokies, just give us a call!

 

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Best August in years

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Best August in years

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding region are fishing better than any August in recent memory. This is simply the best August in years!

Cooler day time and nightly temperatures combined with afternoon showers have made for some excellent stream conditions and fishing. Stream levels are fuller this time of year than in several years past. Hatches have been consistent all day bringing trout to the surface for most of the day into the evenings.

Gatlinburg Trout

The Trout streams around Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains have been fishing excellent this month. Great action from early morning and well into the evening with both dry flies and nymphs. There’s no wrong time of day to go right now. Thankfully we have had a much wetter summer than last year which has helped tremendously with the fishing. Hatches of Caddis, Brown Stoneflies and Yellow Sallies are really bringing the trout out to feed aggressively. Of course inch worms dangling from trees and beetles falling into the water make for some interesting fishing too! There’s no wrong time of day right now to fish around Gatlinburg

Bryson City Trout

The trout streams around the Bryson City area have been fishing excellent this month. Bryson City has long been the hub of great fly fishing for years. Centered smack dab in the middle of trout country and some of the best streams on the east coast. Some of our most epic streams are in the Bryson City area. Deep Creek, Noland Creek, Forney Creek and the famed Hazel Creek are all found here. Each are fishing at their peak this month. Typically in August the weather is hot and dry and the trout fishing plateaus for the month. This certainly is not the case this year. These favorites are good as it gets!

Cherokee Trout

Trout Fishing near Cherokee has been excellent in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Miles of stream that form in the mountains high above the town of Cherokee provide cold water for wild trout to thrive in. This August we have seen those streams produce good numbers of trout and several impressive fish for the size of streams fromwhich they were caught. The Oconaluftee river which flows through Cherokee provides excellent opportunities in many of the high elevation tributaries. Here we can catch Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout all in the same stream in the same day. There’s not many streams in the park can offer this level of fishing, or multitude of species in a single day of fishing.

Smallmouth Bass

Historically August has always been the best month for chasing Smallmouth Bass around the Smokies region. This is especially true this season. Cooler air tempratures and good amounts of rainfall have kept water temps lower and Bass activity high. The Little Tennessee river has been down right phenomenal for non stop action. Our guests have seen several 60 bass days out here right now. Float Trips have been of course the best way to fish for Smallmouth Bass this season. Top water action along with streamers and even spin tackle have done well this month. This most beautiful river we float is the Little Tennessee River which flows through a mostly forested area with very little if any development in sight of the river. Its a gorgeous float and superb action for hard fighting fish!

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Best August in Years
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Summer Float Trips

Summer Float Trips

Summer Float Trips

Summer Float Trips around the Great Smoky Mountains region offer super fly fishing for Smallmouth Bass! Pound for pound Smallmouth Bass fight harder than anything other freshwater fish. They are great to target with fly rods, or with spin tackle. Hard fights and plenty of jumps are sure to put smiles on faces!

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Hard Fighting Bass

Summer is a time when we also catch a myriad of freshwater species on Float Trips. The Kentucky Spotted Bass is another staff favorite for their willingness to take poppers off the surface. They have exposive hits and bulldog fights. They are a great fish for both fly rods and spin tackle.

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Beautiful Rivers

Two beautiful river to float, with each offering different possibilities and experiences. The Tucksegee River is long known as a top Trout fishing destination from October through June. However when the summer heat turns up the Tuckasegee River comes into its own as a great Smallmouth Bass and Kentucky Spotted Bass fishery. Catching a citation sized Smallie here is very possible. Float gorgeous sections of river with historical significance to the native Cherokee Indians. You’ll pass by Kituwah, which is considered as the original settlement of the Cherokee Indians. This site is one of the seven Mother Towns of Cherokee. A massive village was located on the banks here and along with Kituwah Mound which is still visible today.

The Little Tennessee River is an ancient river and one of the oldest in the region. Many Smithsoinian historians and geologists believe this region offers more significance to ancient civilization than any other surrounding region. The beautiful river flows majestically through forests and roaming mountainsides for miles and miles. The Little Tennessee River flows 135 miles and drains three national forests, and borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park . This is the top Smallmouth Bass fishery in our region, and the most beautiful place for Float Trips.

Float Trip Rates

We have several great options for Float Trips with three different trip lengths for your enjoyment.

Half Day Float Trip, $225 per boat
Float Trip Special, $225 per boat
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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report July 31st

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report July 31st

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report July 31st

And just like that July is over. Summer vacation is whizzing by and the older we get the faster time seems to fly. As a child I always dreaded the arrival of August as that meant it wasn’t long until school started back and my days of roaming the Smoky Mountains would come to an end. Except of course until the weekends where I could squeeze out a few more days of wet wading the streams casting nothing but dry flies to rising trout. I still spend my summers in the Smoky Mountains enjoying fly fishing for wild trout. The only difference is I now get to share my love of these Mountains and their trout with hundreds of guests that I have the pleasure of guiding each season.

The Great Smoky Mountains are fishing strong as ever this summer thanks in large part to good rainfall amounts. Typically Summer time is fairly wet inside the park as we often see afternoon pop up showers and thunderstorms. These showers are a much welcomed event as it cools the air and adds more water to the streams and creeks. Thankfully this year is a stark contrast to the summer of 2016. This week temperatures are expected to be cooler with highs in the low 80’s lows overnight hitting the low 60’s. This should keep the fishing excellent all month!

The best hatches we’ve seen this week so far are Brown Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies, Tan Caddis, Olive Caddis, Trico’s and Blue Winged Olives. Of course Inch Worms, Bettles and Ant patterns are working great well. Some areas across the park have good hopper action too!

Have a great week y’all!

 

 

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report July 31st

 

 

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