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

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Wow...what a trip! This summer has been incredible and my recent Yellowstone trip was no exception. My buddy Joe and I covered a lot of water, caught some great fish, and just generally had a good time. Also my cousin Nathan was able to join us for a few days which was awesome since I have not seen him in a long while. I will start getting some pictures up over the next few days along with some of the stories that made this trip memorable. There are also still stories and pictures from Colorado and a few other odds and ends to share.

Recently, I was contacted by OverShoesOnline about reviewing one of their products and just before leaving for Yellowstone received a pair of the NEOS River Trekker Hipper Overshoes. Over the next couple of weeks I hope to get these out on the stream to see what they can do. The concept is definitely intriguing. You get to wear your regular shoes, be that hiking boots or tennis shoes and these hippers just fit right over them. Since they are hip waders and not chest highs, I probably will be using them on the smaller streams but may wet them in the Caney or another tailwater as well. More on that to come as I try them out...

In addition to all of this, it is time for me to start getting ready to teach yet another year so I will be swamped for awhile. I promise to get some updates out soon however, perhaps even this evening so check back often...

3 comments:

  1. David,
    Glad you made it back safely and had a good trip. Anxiously awaiting some pics and a report....

    Let me know if you still want to go Friday.

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  2. Lungs, keep waiting, it is almost here...

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