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

Friday, April 25, 2008

New Poll

I'm trying to get a feel for how often everyone visits my blog. Do you check daily and are always disappointed with the lack of daily updates or do you only stop by once in awhile to see what's happening? I'm debating putting more time into this blog but want to know if it is worth it. Just vote over on the poll and let me know how often you stop by...thanks!!!

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:36 PM

    You're in my RSS reader, so I read new entries when they come up, but this is the first time I've actually visited the site.

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  2. Anonymous3:51 PM

    I don't visit sites -- not unless they have an RSS feed.

    Like a lot of people, I don't have time to check and see if someone's posted an update, unless I know they almost always do on a daily basis.

    It's an on-demand world...

    And hey, if you're going to invest some time in this thing with some kind of commercial use in mind, consider moving to a self-hosted WordPress installation.

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  3. TC, thanks for the advice. I've given thought to expanding and putting a lot more work into this. With summer approaching, I should have more time on my hands to accomplish this but I'm not sure if I want to or not...decisions, decisions...

    Also, glad to know that people are reading even if they aren't actually visiting the site. That is good to know...

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  4. Anonymous3:32 PM

    I do RSS.

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  5. I don't do RSS, but I've got you in my "fishing blog" folder in my bookmarks, and I do an "open in tabs" almost every day.

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  6. Anonymous9:28 AM

    Nice site, I check it from time to time and enjoy your photos and the fact that you do not focus on a single species.
    Keep it up and have fun!

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