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

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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