Guided Trips

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, May 22, 2009

Caney Flows Dropping

Finally, it looks like flows on the Caney are about to drop to a fishable range. Center Hill Lake has been rapidly dropping for several days, and I anticipate the river to be fishable, at least by boats, in the near future. Happily I won't be around to experience the joys of fishing it anytime soon due to my impending trip to Colorado. Normally I would regret missing opportunities to fish the Caney but in the case of Colorado I will make an exception.

As flows drop, I want to leave you with some reminders of what the river looked like at the peak of the high water event. These pictures were sent to me by my friend Daniel Freeman. He took them during a camping trip to the Caney last weekend. The trip didn't produce any trout but they did catch striper, hybrids, shad and even a largemouth bass.

This first picture is of the "wooden steps" at Buffalo Valley...scary high if you ask me... The last two are of the Buffalo Valley boat ramp...






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