FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 2/11/2017
Fishing has been good lately, both in the Smokies and on the tailwaters. I have been privileged to spend time on both tailwaters and in the Smokies recently. Up in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a few bugs are showing up with the warm weather we've been experiencing. With temperatures supposed to be cooling again this week, I don't expect huge hatches. That said, blue quills, early brown stoneflies, little black stoneflies, and probably some little black caddis should be trickling off. This will be especially true when we get a string of warm days. Quill gordon mayflies are not far behind now with the warm winter we've had.
On the tailwaters, the fishing has been mostly good. The Caney Fork is fishing well on streamer floats. Some high water nymphing is picking up a few fish as well. Several people have taken advantage of my special February tailwater trip to book streamer floats. If you haven't a clue what I'm talking about, sign up for my newsletter so you can stay informed about specials on guide trips and other things.
Now is the time to start thinking about spring fishing. The bookings are rolling in for float trips on the Caney Fork. Spring hatch trips in the Smokies will book quickly as well so contact me soon if you want to get out in 2017!
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Here on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, winter has arrived in a big way. Recent high temperatures have not been above freezing and overnight lows are getting close to the single digits. The first snowfall completed the appearance of winter with light snow showers stretching out over a couple of days. Waterfalls near my house have been forming large areas of ice around the base and as well as icicles off the rocks nearby. The Sandhill Cranes have mostly migrated south of the area but scattered flocks continue to fly over, hurrying towards the warmth and abundance of the southeastern U.S. The large fields nearby now have wintering raptors hunting their broad expanses. I have identified the majority as being Northern Harrier Hawks which usually appear around Thanksgiving and will be here until early spring.
Posted by David Knapp at 2:52 PM