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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, April 05, 2011

Smallmouth Fishing Compromised

Those who enjoy fishing the Little Pigeon in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge for smallies may want to wait awhile before heading to the river.  Apparently there was a major sewage spill upriver at Gatlinburg...guess I won't be targeting smallmouth there anytime soon...

4 comments:

  1. That really sucks. When I lived in Knoxvegas, that was one of my favorite places to fish. I'm sure it will recover quickly... and as gross as it may be, sewage is far more natural, and easier for a river ecosystem to handle than something like the chlorine spill from the old Ogle's Waterpark. The Little Pigeon is strong, and it won't take long to recover.

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  2. David,

    Not a good situation, but I doubt the effect will be noticeable. The volume of water in the river was very high so it should have been heavily diluted. Low water temperatures also kept any bacteria from growing quickly.

    Looks like they're getting sewage flows redirected so there may not be any adverse effects, but I suppose only time will tell.

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  3. Sorry to hear about this. I had a favorite fishing hole next to a waste water treatment plant. At some point the plant sprung a leak so to speak and ruined my favorite fishing hole. That was 15 years ago. I have never been able to fish that area since although I do check often to see how it is or if it is open. Good luck!

    Jeff
    www.gotflyfishing.blogspot.com

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  4. Ian,

    Thanks for the optimism. Its a good thing this happened during a period of relatively high water. Hopefully the bass will do fine and we can still enjoy catching them this year...

    David Knapp

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