Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/22/2020

High flows continue across the area but trends are definitely down. A recent cold snap broke the ongoing heatwave so fishing in the mountains has slowed dramatically. Right on schedule, some of our tailwaters should begin returning to more normal flows for this time of year meaning float trips are certainly possible.

For the Smokies, a warming trend should commence as we go into next week. By mid week the fishing should be decent before the next cold front returns us back to winter again. On warmer days, look for midges and possibly winter stoneflies hatching. Some blue-winged olives will be possible on foul weather days as we head towards February. The best fishing is still a few weeks out, but no longer feels like an eternity. Expect good spring hatches to start in late February or early March with blue quills and quill gordons along with little black caddis and early brown and black stones. By April, things will be settling down with the pinnacle of spring fishing usually happening from mid April through the month of May.

On our area tailwaters, high water continues to be the story. The Caney Fork still has at least a couple of weeks of high flows and that is assuming we don't get any more heavy rainfall. This time of year, that is asking a lot. The high water is good for one thing, however. Shad. Yes, the cold months are prime time to try and hit the famed shad kill and catch a monster brown trout. Same thing goes for the Clinch.

Speaking of the Clinch, the good news is that flows are scheduled to begin dropping tomorrow. A steady two generators will feel like low water after the recent period of two generators plus sluicing. Two generators opens up some nymphing possibilities in addition to our favorite winter pastime, stripping streamers for monsters.

The musky streams are settling into fine shape and will be an option moving forward as well. Remember that bouts of high water will get them stained or even muddy for a few days, but as flows come down the fishing should pick back up.

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

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. Anonymous5:38 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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