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

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Small Stream Poll

If you have not done so already, please vote in the poll (on the right side of the page) on your favorite water type in a small streams. Most small streams are largely pocket water with the occasional large pool to break the pattern. Pocket water is probably my favorite type of fishing, but pools provide special opportunities as well. Sometimes the difference between the two can be blurred. On really small streams, the pools may be the size of most small pockets on a larger river. Still, the pools generally require a more stealthy approach than the pocket water regardless of size. Normally my preference is pocket water, but some days I just want to fish pools and hustle past all the prime pockets in the stream...really, it is all fun...

So, which do you prefer?

5 comments:

  1. I never do well in the big glassy pools on the truckee-- it would require me to re-rig my heavily weighted nymph rig with a tiny leader and tiny dry flies with droppers.

    I love fishing the big fast pools though

    that picture with the bridge intimidates me-- I suck at casting dries especially when theres a lot of brush around

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  2. Hello,my name is Fernando from Spain. Your blog is very good, but sometimes I cannot understand with my poor English. Excuse me, but could you tell me what pocket water means?
    Thank you.

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  3. Fernando, pocket water is the faster water with large rocks breaking the flow. The pockets formed behind the rocks nearly always have a trout or two living in them. In the pictures above, the first picture is pocket water and the last picture is the bottom end of a calm pool...

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  4. you're poll's missing an option... runs

    I wouldn't fish that glassy pool either. but I'd rather fish a defined run leading into a pool than the pocket water.

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  5. Small streams...the runs are pocket water...generally that is... Good point though! With your dry fly skills you would kill 'em on that particular glassy pool. If you haven't fished there, we need to hit it up this fall...

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