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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

Monday, July 19, 2010

Really???

Yesterday I tried out one of my striper spots with a couple of buddies. The fishing was slow to say the least. With nothing better to do I stuck with it until it was quite late. Finally, something hit like a freight train. After a relatively short fight, I had a small striper in for a couple of pictures. I'm still trying to figure out what I was thinking during the picture...probably something along the lines of, "Really??? I drove here for this little fish?" It must have been too late to be thinking clearly though because I always appreciate my time on the water regardless of the fish I catch...


Trevor Smart Photograph

5 comments:

  1. Nice fish. It is a lot bigger than what I usually catch.

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  2. One is always better than skunked.

    Mark

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  3. Thanks Terry. I'm normally not all that picky about the fish...

    Mark, I definitely have to agree with you on that one...

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  4. Just want you to know, after reading several of your posts and checking out your photos on picasa, you are living my dream dude. I am really looking forward to having the freedom, financial and otherwise, to pursue fly fishing the way you do. Enjoy it man!

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  5. Nice fish! It's a good catch, you're very lucky!

    Well, let me share with you guys my thoughts. Rivers and other bodies of water should always be maintained clean and well preserved. When I heard about the rehabilitation of Ogden River, wherein Gadi Leshem is the consultant of the project, I was so relieved. Thanks for sharing your fishing experience, David!

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