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

Sunday, May 24, 2009

This Week

My immediate future doesn't hold a lot of promise as far as fishing is concerned. However it is starting to appear that there may be a chance at fishing the Caney before I head to Colorado. Since it is close and convenient, if the opportunity arises I'll definitely take it. Still, there's no point in getting too excited yet as this is purely speculation with a healthy dose of wishful thinking thrown in for good measure.

Later this week I'll be doing a presentation on midge fishing for Calvary Outfitters over in Murfreesboro. I'll be working over in Nashville for a few days this week and my evenings will probably be dedicated to tying for Colorado 2009 and preparing for the presentation... I have a LOT of salmonfly patterns to tie not to mention all the other random flies that I haven't tied yet.

I just got a new rod that will be used on this trip to chase some pike and maybe throw streamers for big trout. The rod is a TFO TiCr X 9' 7 weight rod and the thing is absolutely a cannon. I threw the whole line (85') out in the yard the first time I strung it up and while 85 feet is not as long as some lines, it was still a first for me, and I'm definitely not a distance caster...

Right now the plan is to leave Tennessee in two weeks. This year I might try to get into town often enough to provide at least a few short updates so you can look forward to reading about the excitement while it happens...

4 comments:

  1. I've just started getting into fly fishing and have been following a number of blogs soaking up as much information as I can. My dad grew up in East Tennessee so your blog is alot of fun to read even though I live about 400-500 miles from the Smokies.

    I am looking at purchasing either a Kayak or Inflatable Pontoon boat. I've never fished (let along fly fished) our of an inflatable pontoon...thought more experienced anglers might. Thoughts?

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  2. I've fished from a kayak and its not too bad. Very maneuverable, sometimes too much so. But on the plus side you can use it to do a lot of other things. I've never used the little pontoon boats, David? have you used pontoons?

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  3. Russ, thanks for checking out my blog! As lungs was saying, kayaks are good to fish out of and lots of fly fisherman like them. I haven't fished out of one of the pontoons but they do offer some advantages over the kayak (there are also disadvantages from what I've read). Will you be mostly fishing on lakes or will it be flowing water? Two nice things about the 'toon is that you can mount a small trolling motor on it to get around quicker and also you can have an anchor for when you find a good hole that you want to stay on...

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  4. I'll mostly be fishing slow current for small mouth. Would consider taking it down south if I can ever get down there. There's also two 7,000 acre reservoirs near my home that produce good largemouth and if I wanted, carp.

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