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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

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Weekend In Pictures

I did the tailwater thing again this weekend and found some decent fish. Things are not exactly on fire, probably due to the continued pleasant fall weather. Clear days and nights with temps reaching the low 70's during the day is nice, but I would much rather get some nasty weather sometime soon. Hopefully I'll get away from the tailwaters soon as well. The Smokies have been calling my name again and despite the fact that a front will be moving through just before the weekend, I might make an effort to get up there at the end of the week...

Anyway, without any further rambling, here's a few pictures from the weekend...






7 comments:

  1. hey just wanted to say congrats! looks like you had fun, beautiful pictures as well! i love looking at your blog seeing these photos, tennessee is on my to do list. not to sure when though busy with school in all. cant hardly find time just to make it up to the white mountians. one of these days, no fishing this week, had to visit family in southern az.

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  2. Wow - looks like a good day indeed. Great browns, great pictures.

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  3. Oh- great rainbows,too! :) I just got back from catching a mess of browns and they caught my eye first!

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  4. Really beautiful colors on those fish!

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  5. blueraiderfan5:18 PM

    Best fly fishing blog out there.

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  6. Thanks for the kind words guys...the fish are definitely beautiful this time of year. I'm hoping to chase some more this next weekend somewhere but time will tell...

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  7. Yeah man, tailwater fishing can be one of the most productive places to fish this time of year. I know I will be up in the mountains this winter...Winter is the best time to fly fish if you ask me.

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