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

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Caney Float

First Fish of the Day (Photo by Brett Romer)


Last week during my break I had the opportunity to float with Brett (from The Trout Addiction) and Gerry Romer in Brett's sweet Hyde. It was an absolutely incredible day on the water with several very nice fish boated and a few more lost. I hooked the largest rainbow I've had on in the Caney but unfortunately lost it a few minutes into the fight. The fish would have been an easy 20 inches and possibly even a couple more. Needless to say I was pretty bummed but we found more than enough fish to make up for it.



Brett Romer Photo


Chunky Brown (Brett Romer Photo)


Brett let me have some time behind the oars since I've been wanting to give it a shot. I've gotta say that he makes it look a lot easier than it was for me. I'm sure if I have more time behind the oars it will become easier but it took a lot of thought and effort to even pretend to keep the boat pointed in the right direction.

The strange thing about the day was that fishing was best during the first half of the day. Later on things slowed down dramatically until it basically went dead up to around the last half hour or so of daylight when things picked up again.


The Caney is fishing fairly well but will be much better in another couple of months. Winter is my favorite time on the river largely because the cold weather keeps down the boat traffic. I'm thinking a wade trip might be in order for this weekend on either the Caney or the Cumberland so stay tuned for that information...




Yet Another Brown (Brett Romer Photo)

Beautifully Colored Brown (Gerry Romer Photo)

I just want to give a big shout out to the Romer's for a great day on the river! I seriously owe Brett since he did the vast majority of the rowing allowing me to fish most of the way...thanks again Brett!

4 comments:

  1. Hey there! I am a fellow East Tn Fly Fisherman. I live in Cleveland Tn, near the Hiwassee.

    I found your site while I was searching info on the Caney. I'm going to be on the river this Saturday for a wading trip. I've never been before. Planning to get there at daybreak.

    Do you have any suggestions for flies to use?

    You can respond here or email me at thewaywardsaint@gmail.com

    My blog is nowhere as good as yours yet, but you can check it out at http://troutsaint.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for any help you can give! If you come up to the Hiwassee anytime, feel free to contact me.

    Rob

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  2. Rob, you should have a great time on the Caney. The only potential fly in the ointment is that a major front is coming through Friday and there's never any guarantee what that will do to the fish...

    As far as flies, I would be fishing midges, scuds/sowbugs, and egg patterns... My favorite Caney rig is a dry with a zebra midge dropped around 18" beneath. Black thread with copper bead and wire and black thread with silver bead and wire are often good and I usually fish #18-#20 zebra midges... Be ready for some surprising takes on the dry...

    If you need some more specifics feel free to shoot me an email which you can find under my profile...

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  3. hey buddy nice blog! never seen or herd much about tennesse trout fishing, looks impresive. love brown trout! if you want to i got a blog for arizona flyfishing. for the small amout of it we do! check it out let me know what you think. thanks fourcornerflyfishing@blogspot.com

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  4. David,
    Once again another very good report and some nice fish. Give me a call in the next month or so if you feel like heading up to the NE part of the state or if you want to head over to the Clinch.

    Travis

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