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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

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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