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

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Back To School

That time of year has rolled around again when fishing must be pushed to the back burner and I crack down and focus on school. At least, that's the story I'm telling. Needless to say, one must have some stress relief on occasion and when that time comes, I'll probably be knee deep in a trout stream somewhere in East Tennessee. Unfortunately, school will cut into my time to think up stuff to put on here so my posts will be running shorter, although I do hope to keep them coming often. I still have several posts to make about West Trip 2007 including the PIG rainbow in Yellowstone among other exciting moments. Check back often and soon for those details...

Also, for those that haven't noticed, we have another poll to the right. Let me know what your favorite season for fishing is...

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:05 PM

    School Schmool! Shouldn't you be fishing?

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  2. Anonymous9:37 AM

    Trust me, school is almost useless, other than the classes you find fun for their own sakes. Become a practitioner of voluntary simplicity, live in a hobbit house out West, and fly fish as much as possible. A career isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    hawgdaddy

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  3. Yeah, I probably should be fishing but I suppose it is time to knock this school business out...and I probably should move West to live The life...unfortunately, common sense tells me to hang in there at least for now...

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  4. Anonymous7:46 PM

    From my personal experience, 90% of the stuff that goes on at a typical university is pure ##@$@#$. But, you need that scrap of paper at the end, just to get your foot in the door.

    My kids are back in school, so now I'm under the same time restrictions as they are...I think I hate "back to school" as much as them. We might be able to sneak one more trip this fall to the Smokies, then nothing until Spring.

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  5. Anonymous3:05 PM

    I'm glad you're in school, David, and I think your photos here are gorgeous. Great blog!
    Lisa Clark Diller

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  6. Professor Diller, thanks for checking out my blog and for the kind words!

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