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

Friday, February 12, 2010

Deep Freeze

Winter continues relentlessly here in Tennessee. I'm going to try to get out this weekend to cure the cabin fever. Between hiking and fishing I might actually be cured...for a few days anyway. The fishing will include a lot of hunting for big fish so wish me luck! One of these days I'll get a big one in the Smokies...

4 comments:

  1. You guys have been getting crushed with snow the past couple of weeks. I've got my fingers crossed that you'll make it. Waiting to see pictures of the "big" one.

    Mark

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  2. Hi David
    I have just started my fishing blog on Thursday and have a question for you. How did you get your slideshow to work on your blog? I know the functions of all the gadgets on the customize section, but can't seem to figure out how to get my slide show to work. Are you pulling your slide show off your hard drive or saving your photos somewhere else on the net??? By the way I have you as one of my favorite blogs that I check often. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Bill
    My blog url----- http://traderhorn-fishingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  3. Bill, I have the pictures on Picasa Web Albums (I upload them through Picasa) and then link to them through the "slideshow" feature on blogger... I'll be looking forward to seeing more on your blog!

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  4. Thanks David---I will give that a try. Bill

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