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

Monday, February 16, 2009

Poll: Tailwaters Vs. Small Streams

Our last poll was about the water type you normally fish. Now I'm wondering what types of reports you enjoy seeing and reading about. I fish tailwaters a lot because they are closer than the Smoky Mountains but I enjoy fishing in the mountains more because of the solitude. Let me know what your preference is. Do you like seeing pictures and stories of tailwater trout or smaller fish and scenery from the mountains? The poll is on the right side of this page so click on your choice and then the "vote" button...

7 comments:

  1. It is very difficult to choose, but if I had to do it I would choose fishing in the mountain because of the wonderful sights and the few places to put the fly ( in big rivers I think I have too much water to fish).
    But here where I live there is no problem because we are allowed to fish in mountain waters only from May to July, when the tailwater rivers are full and dangerous.
    Greetings from Spain. Fernando.

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  2. Fernando, I prefer fishing in the mountain streams. I plan on doing it a lot more in the upcoming weeks so hopefully I'll have some good pictures of scenery...

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  3. Oh man... going to abstain from this vote-- I like all three categories. I love seeing pictures of the pigs that you haul out of the tailwaters but the scenery of the mountains is unbeatable...

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  4. Anonymous2:16 PM

    Well yet another adventure in the deep mountain streams of the Southeast. The hunt for the elusive 'old grundy' continues as eager and dedicated followers of the craft search high and low in the forested backwaters. May the hunt yield a wealth of nature's treasure.

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  5. Anonymous8:05 PM

    In southern California we mostly fish tailwaters, because if you want to get on a good mountain stream your looking at a good 3-4 hour drive versus only a 1-2 drive at the most to get to over 15 different tailwaters. Keep up the work on the blog!

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  6. John! You must join me on the search sometime...

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  7. Anonymous6:05 PM

    No question, it's the small streams in the mountains.

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