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, October 29, 2010

Trout Zone Photoblog

I am now working on offering hi-res versions of photographs for sale through a new blog.  The Trout Zone Photoblog will be highlighting what I consider my best photographs and offering them through a website called Fotomoto.  This site allows me to place a toolbar directly into my blog for people to order prints and digital downloads.  I will be including the toolbar here at the Trout Zone as well, just not emphasizing the photographs.  In the meantime, please check out the new Photoblog, and let me know what you think!

5 comments:

  1. Hi David. I really like your close-up fish shots. I'm pretty sure you're not fishing with a DSLR around your neck and I'm really unhappy with my latest choice in a "fishing camera." Any chance you'd be willing to tell me about your preference for a good point-n-shoot for fishing trips when you're alone?
    Thanks, and again - very nice job on the up-close-and-personal fish shots!

    Owl Jones

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  2. Owl, I used to carry a small Pentax Optio W30 with me for peace of mind. It has taken some phenomenal shots for me over the years but is somewhat inconsistent. I don't think the sensor is the best... However, since its waterproof it doesn't really matter if it goes in the drink. The last several months though I've started carrying a DSLR with me on the water. Most all my recent pictures were shot with that camera...

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  3. Or his cousin is there. :)

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  4. Ah ha. Gotcha. Well more power to both (or either) of you guys then. I can't imagine lugging around a large camera and fishing all day. Of course, you guys are probably younger than me, too. :)

    I want to tell you that I think you have some of the absolute best fish pics on the internet. I'm jealous and I aspire to get some shots that are 1/2 as good as the ones you're posting some day.
    Thanks for the info on the camera. My last one was a Nikon coolpix that I dunked and that was that. I'm lookin' into a WP one now, too. The older I get, the more I ruin stuff. :) LOL

    tight lines!
    owl

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  5. Owl,

    Thanks for the kind words about the pictures. Mostly I just get lucky... About the camera again, I know several companies are making WP cameras now and I highly recommend getting one. You will definitely feel a lot better carrying it on the stream as compared to a non-waterproof camera...

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