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

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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