Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/17/2019

Colder weather lately has slowed things down a touch in the Smokies. Thankfully, however, the streams haven't really dropped below 40 degrees so there are always some fish to be found. With a big rain event forecast for this weekend followed by sharply colder temperatures, get out and fish sooner rather than later. Nymphs or streamers are the name of the game this time of year.

On the tailwaters, we are dealing with massive amounts of water That said, while lots of rain this weekend may set us further back, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The overall trend over the next 1-3 months is for drier conditions which should allow flows to stabilize and at least allow us to get some float trips in.

Musky fishing has been decent as of late. Flows are generally just about perfect on our favorite musky rivers. With cold weather ahead, this is something we'll probably be doing more of...

Photo of the Month: Cold Weather Jaws

Photo of the Month: Cold Weather Jaws

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Rain East, Low Flows and Heat West

We predict rain, you get rain. Enough rain fell in the Smokies yesterday to produce a small spike in the flows in Little River. Today's forecast continues to call for rain from today into tomorrow. Currently, NWS radar indicates a broad area of precipitation skirting the boarding of southern Tennessee into Alabama. Let's hope it holds together long enough to reach the mountains. If this verifies and enough rain falls, it might produce at least a temporary reprieve for the trout that have been battling low flows and warm temperatures.

In other news, the rumors I've heard about Yellowstone National Park have been officially confirmed. The National Park Service is asking anglers to help protect Yellowstone’s native and wild trout fisheries by halting fishing in lower elevation waters between noon and 6:00 pm.
It seems that at least some of this is premature as area fly shops are indicating that some of the streams listed on the official press release are still running plenty cool, albeit quite low.

3 comments:

  1. James Marsh5:38 AM

    I read your reports often as I can and enjoy them David. Just wanted to let you know some things I don't see posted on any blogs or site fishing reports.
    Angie and I returned from Yellowstone early due to the conditions in the park. We have spent every July there anyway since 2001 except one. We will return there in Sept thru Oct. It is now worse than here in many places. We have fished the NC side of the park everyday for the last 2 weeks except one day of Dr. visits. The water levels have been some low but not terribly low and the water temps have been good usually 60-64 (high as we have seen there) We fished Eagle, Forney, Hazel, Ochla, and Straight Fork...6 of those days on Straight Fk. It starts in the park at elev 2480. Water runs 61-63.
    Only one of us fishes at a time (other on camera) and never over 4 hours. We have yet to catch less than a dozen and usually many more as much as 35-40 according to my video tape logs. It has been good everywhere. We have been in several rainshowers but no big long heavy downpours. Several hatches have been going on mainly Little BWOs, but some Golden stones, little yellow and green stoneflies and some Eastern BWOs. Thanks for your interesting site. James

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  3. James, thanks for that excellent information! I've been wanting some firsthand info on the NC side of the park... Good to hear Straight Fork is doing well. I fished it for the first time this past spring and was very impressed. It is a great little stream...

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