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 29, 2009

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Finally, after several weeks of heavy generation, it looks like the Caney Fork will finally be wadeable soon. Unfortunately the crowds of people fishing and boating will be very heavy since we are now well into the summer floating season. The river will still fish decently well although it may be frustrating to those wanting solitude.

Anyone wanting a more secluded fishing spot should think about a trip to the mountains. The streams in the Smokies are all fishing well from everything I've been hearing. Summer terrestrial season is now upon us and inchworm imitations and ants should both produce well. Bugs are still hatching including the little yellow stoneflies in the evenings.

I still haven't been fishing much for awhile but hope to get out once or twice before my trip to Colorado. I'm thinking about a quick trip over to the pond nearby for bass and bluegill and I might also go spend a few hours battling the crowds on the Caney to see what the river looks like now. I expect it to look different in places because of the high flows, and I'm excited to see what new holding water is available to the fish.

1 comment:

  1. David,
    If you get time, lets have a look at what you're tying for CO.

    thanks.
    later.

    ReplyDelete

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