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

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Streamers Are Hot

The Caney was hot this past weekend with most all fisherman reporting good fishing.  I floated again with David Perry and the streamer bite was sick.  I started out at the casting brace with an agreement of changing every five fish.  A skipjack got things rolling but soon the nice rainbows started coming to the net.  Soon it was time to switch so I rowed while David P. fished.  After putting a few fish in the boat we switched again and found out just how good the fishing was. 

Fishing down a bank, I was literally getting a fish, follow, or strike on every cast.  The fish were all on the feed and couldn't get enough of our streamers.  Talking to several other fisherman, it appeared that lots of techniques were working well.  The only thing lacking was the big browns which didn't really every come out to play.  We did have a few follows and some hard strikes from fish we never saw, but at the end of the day, no large browns had been put in the net. 

One thing that was very exciting was the growth of the brookies.  The largest we boated was just under 14 inches and fat.  So far it seems that the brook trout are being stocked in decent numbers and are keeping away from the big browns.  There is plenty of food in the river and the fish are healthy.  If they can survive the summer we should be seeing a few in the 16 inch range this next fall. 

Hopefully the river will continue to fish well.  I have high hopes for the summer's fishing opportunities.  For now, the river is slowly getting healthier with a good range of fish sizes showing up to about 15-16 inches.  Hopefully the big browns will start showing up soon.  Regardless, it is still a good time to get out...

The following are several of the pictures from the day...

Photograph by David Perry 





Photograph by David Perry 

Photograph by David Perry 

Photograph by David Perry 


4 comments:

  1. Looks like an amazing day! Color me envious. -stephanie

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, some incredible trout, great pictures! Cant wait for the opener.

    ReplyDelete
  3. David
    Awesome trip and the pics are nice. A few questions, I will go to the Caney in about 3 or 4 weeks. Would the streamers still be the fly? I am sending you some pics of some of the streamers I plan on using. Let me know if these are fishable there. By the way what colors and size were you using? Thanks for any advice. Bill
    http://www.flydealflies.com/popups/images/clouceiver.jpg
    http://www.flydealflies.com/popups/images/wooly_bugger_white_st.jpg
    I would be using olive, brown, and black as well as the cream bugger, I had this bugger tied in cream instead of the white in the pic

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TuJ6RTdtz24/TVNXE2Art3I/AAAAAAAABcQ/w1kxgmk32ns/s1600/SANY3806.JPG
    This craw is a fly I ordered from one of my blogger, he is probably one of the best fly tying artist I have ever seen. I guess you know by now I don't try my own flies. I hope to get into sometime in the future, but I am not ready to spend the time especially during fishing season on tying. I am joining up with your group, because I think you are one of those guys who knows how to fish the Caney. I need someone I can ask questions about the Caney and I feel you can help me out in learning how to fish the river. Thanks again

    ReplyDelete
  4. David,

    Sounds like a successful day! Good looking fish!

    Tyler

    ReplyDelete

Newsletter

Subscribe to the Trout Zone Anglers Newsletter!

* indicates required