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

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Tying Like Crazy

The next two days are going to involve a lot of fly tying. I have not really started preparing for my trip to Colorado as far as flies go so I need to catch up. Tonight I started on two dozen Copper Johns and did a test run of an epoxy mysis shrimp. I've already tied a few Charlie's Mysis and big salmonfly nymphs. Right now I want to tie up a dozen or so epoxy mysis patterns, two dozen Copper Johns, one-two dozen salmonfly adult patterns, and several more salmonfly nymphs. I also need to tie some hoppers and cicadas for the Green River. Thankfully my midge box is currently full so while I'll probably tie a few, I won't have to be stressing about that. Last but not least, I still have to crank out a few flies for targeting pike and maybe a few streamers for trout as well. Yep, I'm gonna be busy for a couple of days...

If I manage somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-8 dozen flies I'll be fairly happy...and of course there's always the picnic table tying sessions that are as much a part of these trips as catching fish is... In the next day or two I plan on posting some pictures of the flies I've been tying and maybe even give a couple of recipes. For those that are curious about the midges that do well out there, check back to my story about "Tiny Flies" including the micro-tubing midge.

2 comments:

  1. Where are you headed? I would also have some caddis pupa on hand.

    Juan

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  2. Juan, right now it looks like we're going to focus on the Taylor, Gunnison, and Green Rivers but will likely hit the Frying Pan and maybe the Roaring Fork as well...thanks for the tip on the caddis...I'll tie up a few of those as well.

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