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

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. 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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