Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/08/2020

Unusually warm and wet conditions continue to prevail here in middle and east Tennessee. This upcoming weekend is looking like more rain and possibly even severe weather. The wind forecast is bad enough that I wouldn't bother going fishing until Sunday at the earliest unless you can go tomorrow.

In the Smokies, nymphing will be the name of the game, but don't be surprised to see some blue-winged olives from time to time. With all the high water, think streamers, big stoneflies, or worm imitations.

Tailwaters like the Caney Fork and Clinch are still rolling with a lot of water. Both rivers are over 10,000 cfs. While this is still fishable, I don't really recommend it. Flows this high are generally all about swinging for the fences if you feel like hunting a trophy. Many days it won't happen. Once in a while it will. Throw big streamers, hope for a shad kill, and get out there. Those big fish won't get caught if you're sitting home on the couch.

The Caney will produce decent fishing if we ever get flows back down at least a little. One generator would be ideal. Right now I'll even take two. Minimum flow looks a long ways off right now.

On the Clinch, you can throw streamers and also possible nymph up a few fish. If you pick your spots, there are places to nymph even on 12,000 cfs. Let's hope it gets back down to two generators or less soon. Every time we get a big rain event, look for some low water for a day or two or three. TVA will hold water back at tributary dams like Norris to reduce downstream high water effects. This gives those of us who like to wade a day or two to fish.

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: 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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