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

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Good Start

We are off to a good start here in Colorado with some very nice fish caught already. Today we're headed over to check out the Gunnison and hopefully the salmonflies...more to come as it happens!

Photo courtesy of Bill Hitz at Gotta Go Fly Fishing

16 comments:

  1. Yeah, I'd say you're off to a good start!! SWEET looking bow David...

    Tyler

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  2. Green Weenie8:32 AM

    Wow! Nice fish!

    You should hook one and let Trevor reel it in. I do that for him all the time.

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  3. Is that fish from the taylor? I'm always amazed by the color of Colorado trout...

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  4. I'm so jealous. Great fish David. Congrats!

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  5. Sweet bow David. Looking forward to more.

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  6. Holy cow!!! Sweet fish!

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  7. Nice fish man. Can't wait to see more!!!

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  8. Very nice fish David!!! I'll try to fish a half-its-size fish over here.
    Congratulations!!!
    Best wishes from Spain.

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  9. That looks like a coho, is it?

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  10. Take it easy man. You're gonna hurt yourself.

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  11. Nice Pig! Glad your trip was a good one~

    TD

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  12. Wow now thats a FANTASTIC start that is a whopper

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  13. Thanks for all the kind words! This big rainbow was a blast to catch and definitely helped make the trip!!!

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