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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

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. Green Weenie7:20 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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