Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/08/2020

Unusually warm and wet conditions continue to prevail here in middle and east Tennessee. This upcoming weekend is looking like more rain and possibly even severe weather. The wind forecast is bad enough that I wouldn't bother going fishing until Sunday at the earliest unless you can go tomorrow.

In the Smokies, nymphing will be the name of the game, but don't be surprised to see some blue-winged olives from time to time. With all the high water, think streamers, big stoneflies, or worm imitations.

Tailwaters like the Caney Fork and Clinch are still rolling with a lot of water. Both rivers are over 10,000 cfs. While this is still fishable, I don't really recommend it. Flows this high are generally all about swinging for the fences if you feel like hunting a trophy. Many days it won't happen. Once in a while it will. Throw big streamers, hope for a shad kill, and get out there. Those big fish won't get caught if you're sitting home on the couch.

The Caney will produce decent fishing if we ever get flows back down at least a little. One generator would be ideal. Right now I'll even take two. Minimum flow looks a long ways off right now.

On the Clinch, you can throw streamers and also possible nymph up a few fish. If you pick your spots, there are places to nymph even on 12,000 cfs. Let's hope it gets back down to two generators or less soon. Every time we get a big rain event, look for some low water for a day or two or three. TVA will hold water back at tributary dams like Norris to reduce downstream high water effects. This gives those of us who like to wade a day or two to fish.

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: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

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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