Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 12/3/2019

Winter fishing is nearly upon us. Snow yesterday has given way to falling water temperatures in the Smokies. In general, fish will be hunkered down, although by tomorrow they should start to get more active again as temperatures warm. For the next three months, expect many more fish in the slower places in the Park. Think nymphs and maybe streamers but don't be surprised to find fish rising to blue-winged olives or midges on some days.

On tailwaters like the Clinch, brown trout and some fall spawn rainbows are doing their thing. This is a good time to review good ethics when it comes to spawning trout. Remember that these are the next generation of trout and the best thing you can do is to leave them alone. Avoid wading through spawning areas and don't fish for obvious spawners. For the foreseeable future, we should have high water thanks to big rains this last weekend. Fishing out of the drift boat will be very good through the winter with both nymphing and streamer fishing a distinct possibility. Want to swing for the fences and go for just one monster? Streamers will just get better and better going into January and February.

The Caney is slowly coming around. A few shad are coming through the dam, but lingering water quality problems are limiting the fishing. Winter streamer floats will produce shots at larger brown trout for anglers willing to work hard. Next spring should bring good fishing again.

Winter is our favorite time to get on the musky streams. In between bouts of high water, those will be fishing well for the next few months.

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Still No Fishing: Fall Has Arrived


School is a terrible thing, at least when it interrupts more important things like fishing. I still haven't been fishing since my weekend trip to the Smokies several weeks ago. To keep from going insane, I have still managed to get outside a bit to climb and also to document the change of season. A few pictures of fall here in Tennessee...



The possibility exists for some fishing trips to finally start happening in the near future so check back for a report on that in a few days...

5 comments:

  1. Boooo! All homework and no fishing makes David a dull boy! Just kidding brother! I've been checking your site with frequency and keep seeing "Ridge Holds Strong"....So it's good to see the change...There's not a whole lotta fishing going on around my way either. My days are getting ready to rotate and I'll not be able to get out during those days! So you'll have to get out soon, to make my days not so dull! Hurry up and knock the dust off that Croix! Did you end up buying that Trout Bum?
    ~Brett

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  2. Brett, I haven't bought the Trout Bum yet but if I can figure out how to pay for it, I'll be heading up to LRO to purchase one...that is a sweet rod! I've been enjoying your reports on the SoHo...it looks like you're really getting that river figured out. I'll have to get some ideas from you soon as I'm hoping to head up there around Thanksgiving. I need to catch a big brown!!!

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  3. ijsouth8:42 PM

    We were up in the park this weekend...stunning views, with the exception of some of the streams - we just missed out on the rain. We caught a few, but the fish weren't exactly smashing the flies. I missed more strikes than I care to admit. The traffic was incredible - I didn't see one hotel with a vacancy. That was probably it for us until next spring, although I'm so frustrated at missing those strikes, I'm tempted to head up again around Thanksgiving.

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  4. Ijsouth, the fall is the worst time to try and find a place to stay around the park. I've learned to make my camping reservations at least two months ahead for the peak fall colors season...

    Don't stay away until spring, winter provides some great solitude on the streams although the catching can be slow...

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  5. ijsouth5:58 PM

    Oh, I love the winter in the park...we went up a couple of times last year. But, I have to be practical - with 3 kids in tow, if the action is slow to nonexistant, it's kind of boring for them, which means I would have to take them to Gatlinburg to compensate, which would in turn vaccum out my wallet. Buying that land has dried up any extra money, so I have to save up for our trips.

    I have to admit, it's tough to wait that long...I would love to go up around Thanksgiving - perhaps there will be a chance.

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