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

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. Anonymous10:27 PM

    Really beautiful colors on those fish!

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  5. Anonymous5:18 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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