Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/22/2020

High flows continue across the area but trends are definitely down. A recent cold snap broke the ongoing heatwave so fishing in the mountains has slowed dramatically. Right on schedule, some of our tailwaters should begin returning to more normal flows for this time of year meaning float trips are certainly possible.

For the Smokies, a warming trend should commence as we go into next week. By mid week the fishing should be decent before the next cold front returns us back to winter again. On warmer days, look for midges and possibly winter stoneflies hatching. Some blue-winged olives will be possible on foul weather days as we head towards February. The best fishing is still a few weeks out, but no longer feels like an eternity. Expect good spring hatches to start in late February or early March with blue quills and quill gordons along with little black caddis and early brown and black stones. By April, things will be settling down with the pinnacle of spring fishing usually happening from mid April through the month of May.

On our area tailwaters, high water continues to be the story. The Caney Fork still has at least a couple of weeks of high flows and that is assuming we don't get any more heavy rainfall. This time of year, that is asking a lot. The high water is good for one thing, however. Shad. Yes, the cold months are prime time to try and hit the famed shad kill and catch a monster brown trout. Same thing goes for the Clinch.

Speaking of the Clinch, the good news is that flows are scheduled to begin dropping tomorrow. A steady two generators will feel like low water after the recent period of two generators plus sluicing. Two generators opens up some nymphing possibilities in addition to our favorite winter pastime, stripping streamers for monsters.

The musky streams are settling into fine shape and will be an option moving forward as well. Remember that bouts of high water will get them stained or even muddy for a few days, but as flows come down the fishing should pick back up.

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

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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