Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/01/2017

Happy New Years!!! Fishing is going to be tough for a few days. The cold snap has everything icing over except for the tailwaters. If you must fish, stay safe and be prepared for the possibility of getting wet. The streams of the Smokies are almost pointless to fish right now. That said, the forecast suggests there may be some opportunity to fish in the mountains and find a little success starting next Sunday. Temperatures above freezing are what we are looking for here. Not good odds, mind you, but certainly better than being in the deep freeze.

Tailwaters are a bit more reliable through the winter months. Streamer action should be anywhere from average to good depending on the day. On low water on rivers such as the Clinch, throw midges and you should find some fish. The Caney is still quite a ways away from seeing low water so it will be a streamer game almost exclusively.

Photo of the Month: Smoky Mountains Winter Brown Trout

Photo of the Month: Smoky Mountains Winter Brown Trout
©2017 Leah Shulley

Monday, August 27, 2007

Rocky Mountain High...


The opportunity to go to Rocky Mountain National Park during West Trip 2007 was one that I couldn't miss. Until recently, Rocky Mountain was on the list of parks that I had not visited. Not now...I can officially check it off the list. Trail Ridge Road was everything I expected and then some. The sweeping vistas that can be taken in on this high-elevation road are enough in themselves.

Fishing in the Park was only a bonus...


I wet a line in a couple different streams and came up with a couple brookies and several browns. I missed way more fish than I caught, mainly because I was so caught up in the scenery.


The local wildlife was too bold, I can only assume this little guy was looking for a handout. Probably because too many tourists were feeding it, illegally I might add.


The sunset was spectacular, I'll let the picture tell the rest...

2 comments:

  1. Gerry Romer10:07 PM

    Boy did that bring back some memories. In my wasted youth, I used to make between 3 and 6 trips a year to Estes Park. Haven't been out there since June '78 when my best friends got married in the park.

    I've driven over the top on Trail Ridge in all but the worst weather and it is a spectacular trip.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I only wish that I had been into flyfishing all those years ago. Especially since I've seen the monsters you and Trevor tied into.

    Gerry

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  2. Gerry, I've seen pictures and even video of the views from Trail Ridge Road but was still completely unprepared for the awesome scenery up there! The fishing wasn't bad in the park although the largest was a brown that was maybe 13 inches. It slammed a hopper though as did the smaller guys...I'll take that any day...

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