Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 02/25/2018

Things have changed a lot since the last report. Unseasonably warm weather has kicked off the first hatches of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains while an extremely wet February means all of the tailwaters are blown out across middle and east Tennessee.

If you want to fish in the Smokies, nymphs and streamers will be your best bet unless you encounter a hatch. In that case, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons should be in your arsenal as well as Blue-winged Olives.

For now, just forget about the tailwaters in the short term. continued rain means it will be at least another month before the tailwaters are fishable again. With luck, we can start thinking about some streamer float trips on the Caney Fork in mid to late March, although that may be optimistic. In the meantime, head for the mountains and enjoy chasing the wild trout there.

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Monday, March 24, 2008

Nothin' Much

That's basically what's been going on with me in the realm of fishing. I've been swamped with school-related stuff for the last several days and it looks like things aren't going to get any better until late Wednesday (big test that afternoon). Thursday looks to be a good day to fish though so I'll probably be heading out to either the HI or maybe the Tennessee River again. The next couple of weekends WILL include some type of fishing and most likely trout unless it rains a lot and the rivers/streams are all blown out.

I've been so busy that I haven't even taken the time to tie any flies for awhile. This warm weather has me thinking about fishing dry flies, and I need to tie a lot of those before I fish anymore. Hopefully that will start happening soon...

Anyway, check back soon in the next few days as spring has arrived in East Tennessee, and I'll be out there trying to make the most of it.

3 comments:

  1. ijsouth10:12 PM

    The fish were there, and hitting dries, even though the water was a bit on the cool side. We left Thursday, but not before hitting Lynn Camp and catching some nice fish. The water temp finally got above 50, and the flies and the rising fish appeared. If there are no more cool snaps, the fishing will really turn on - we're going to have to come back for a quick weekend of fishing next month.

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  2. ijsouth, glad you had a good trip! I've been missing the park so I'll probably head up on a day trip this week and then in a couple of weeks I'll be up there for the weekend... Maybe I'll run into you up there...

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  3. ijsouth9:54 PM

    We might go back up sometime next month...have to get through soccer season the next few weeks first. If we head up for a weekend, you can bet we'll probably hit Road Prong at some point - that's daughter #1's favorite stream.

    One thing I noticed - even with water temps in the mid 40s, the brookies were looking up. By the same token, no rainbows showed up, either on dries or nymphs, until our last day (Thursday), and naturally that was the warmest day. It's obvious that the brookies like the colder water better. Also, even though I saw some spent quill gordons on the water, I didn't see any takers on them. When I did see fish rise, I couldn't see what they were feeding on. I had my best success on size #16-18 Mr Rapidan dries.

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