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, July 03, 2008

Favorite Fly Line

Our new poll is about fly lines. I'm wondering which brand everyone prefers to use. Personally I've been using the SA Mastery Trout lines for awhile but decided to try out the Rio Gold on my 5 weight. So far it has only seen action on the water once, but it seems like a good line. So, what brand are you using the most?

6 comments:

  1. I like the Wulff Triangle Taper lines a lot.

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  2. I have 2 rods with Orvis Wonderline and 2 with Rio Grand. Think I prefer the Wonderline.

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  3. Loofah, I've heard a lot of people talking about the Wulff TT lines and everyone has nothing but good things to say about them. I haven't tried them yet but may have to soon. What type of fishing do you primarily use them for or are they good lines for all applications?

    Travis, I had a couple wonderlines a few years ago and didn't have particularly good luck with them. They tended to crack a lot sooner than other lines I've had, usually after only 5-6 months and I didn't fish as much back then as I do now. Perhaps they have that worked out now though...

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  4. I had a wonderline once and had the same problem, it cracked and got extremely stiff in 6 months. I've had a few different SA lines; seem to last right at one year. my cortland 555 line is well over a year now and is in about as good shape as when I first bought it!

    I have to add, I'm pretty lazy about cleaning my fly line, and would probably get better wear out of them if I did.

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  5. Trevor, I've had the same thing with the SA lines. I love them but they only hold up for about a year. Maybe I'll have to try the Cortland...

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  6. I got a Rio Gold recently (#5), and I absolutely love it...

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