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

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Full Moon, An Eclipse, and Good Fishing


Last night was the last lunar eclipse until 2010. Naturally I wondered if the fish would be at all affected by the phenomena but was too busy trying to take pictures of the eclipse to go fishing. Unfortunately I still don't have a good zoom lens for my DSLR but still had fun trying to get some pictures.



Today was supposed to be one of the top fishing days of the month based on the solunar fishing tables so at the last minute I decided to run down to my new fishing hole and try my luck. The fishing was solid, not great but definitely worth the trip. Here's a few pictures from the afternoon...

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:59 AM

    No kidding dude. I don't totally believe in solunar tables, but if they coincide with great frontal conditions, hey bring it on. WEnt today with a buddy on the Caney from 9-5 chuckin' gamakatsu tacos [jerkbaits]. Took 73 total, all but about 15 below 14", and a good 15 of those between 16"-19". Ironically, alot of the larger fish were rainbows...except for teh 24 1/2" brown I nailed. Be happy to take you out sometime man. I think generation is key to big fish, at least the monsters. Still gotta work the kinks out though.

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  2. Hello,

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  3. Andy, I'll definitely sign up sometime in the next few days when I get some time... Great site...

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  4. Nice site guys. I truly believe that the solunar tables play a part in fish activity, but like anything else it is only one variable that comes into play. Depending on the body of water, time of year, and fish species there are so many variables to be considered that it seems foolish to base an entire fishing trip solely on the moon phase.

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