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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

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Big Brown

As many of you have probably noticed, I'm partial towards brown trout. There's nothing like a big brown being brought to the net for excitement. Probably it is the challenge they present since browns are notoriously spooky and often hard to catch. Today, while checking all my favorite fly fishing sites, I came across a picture of a monster over at the Trout Underground. When I say monster, I'm talking about a fish that could just about swallow the first section of a four piece rod, most likely with the reel still attached. It is fish like this that keeps my going back, hoping that someday it will be me...

7 comments:

  1. Hi David. I was planning to fish that area on the way back from Oregon this past October except for the driving rain (so hard, fast windshield wipers wouldn't work) and wind blowing 30 ot 40 mph. Damn near blew us off the road. Maybe next Summer.

    Mark

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  2. Hey David, thanks for the post--it's always great to see a pic of a Brown like that, what a beauty! There is something almost mythical about the big Browns...

    Iain

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  3. Anonymous9:24 AM

    David, Let's hook for another float after the water gets back down to around one generator.

    David P.

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  4. David, I'm there...just let me know when. Unfortunately, if it keeps raining it may be awhile...:(

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  5. Not to be rude, but that's not that big a fish. I was expecting something a bit bigger to make those headlines. My buddy and I have gotten 3 over 27" on the Caney this year and we haven't really fished it that much. Lots of fish in the 22-26" range.

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  6. Cory, I understand what you are saying but you have to consider the river this fish was caught on. Browns are not as common in the first place, much less fish of this size... On a Tennessee tailwater, while it would be a good fish it definitely wouldn't be a monster...

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  7. Reading more about the river, I see your point. In that case, that is a notable fish catch. My bad...at first though I was just a bit taken aback at how a fish under 30" made headlines. I saw a picture of a fish [hold your breath]44" and released taken from the trophy section on Watauga at night this summer on a jerkbait. It was legitimate...it was shown to me by a good friend. It's nice to know that fish like that can be produced by our rivers...I"m sure there's one approaching 40" in the Caney somewhere.

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