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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

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. ijsouth6:05 PM

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

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