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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

Friday, December 05, 2008

Midges: Tiny Bugs for Large Trout

Midges are extremely important as a trout food on many waters around the country. My buddy Trevor Smart told me about this amazing video from Ralph and Lisa Cutter which shows the various stages of the midge life cycle.

These insects are particularly important as we enter the coldest months of the year. On many days, midges may be one of the only things hatching and to be successful, a good fisherman will be sure and carry the appropriate patterns to match the hatch. Soon I'll be sharing some of my favorite midge patterns including how to fish them. Until then, enjoy this video...

6 comments:

  1. David,
    I was just about to do a little write up about midges on my blog as well. It is the time of year when us tailwater guys have midges on the brain. Thanks for the video, that is pretty good stuff.

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  2. Amazing footage of the tiny bugs life cycle. Thanks for posting it, it was great.

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  3. Anonymous7:20 AM

    Makes you wonder why they ever take our imitations. They look and move nothing like the real thing.

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  4. I tried to find a link to an excellent article by the Cutters in the latest issue of Fly Fisherman magazine, but couldn't find one that worked (kept linking to a video on Abel reels). Anyway, pick up a copy and check out the article on page 44. Great pics and text. I'm pondering how to create the ultimate subsurface midge emerger and I think I've got an idea....

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  5. hey david thx for comments. ya i am way excited for the next couple of years coming, with the tonto creek restoration going on and fossil creek opening to catch and release next year! christopher creek has a healthy population of browns! i love that creek. im going there again cause i spooked a brute of a brown and i know right where he is!

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  6. hey david thx for comments. ya i am way excited for the next couple of years coming, with the tonto creek restoration going on and fossil creek opening to catch and release next year! christopher creek has a healthy population of browns! i love that creek. im going there again cause i spooked a brute of a brown and i know right where he is!

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