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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

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Streamer Action Hot

Last weekend's high water event in the Smokies brought the browns out to play.  I almost didn't find out until too late, but got in on the streamer action before things returned to normal.  Lots of fish followed my fly and several hit as well.  Only one actually got its mouth around the big Clouser though. 

7 comments:

  1. Beauty Brown. Looks like the Clouser worked nicely. Glad to hear you were able to make it out in time.

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  2. Nice brown. If you have browns like that in the streams your fishing, try a Black Ghost, and a Edson Tiger.

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  3. Hi David. Surprisingly enough, they can get their mouths around a Clouser without much trouble. Nice Brown.

    Mark

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  4. Pretty spots on that fish.

    Ben

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  5. Say hello to Mr. Brown. Nice brownie. I have yet to be able to get out for some trout fishing due to the weather and my work schedule. One is always better than none!

    Jeff
    www.gotflyfishing.blogspot.com

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  6. Beautiful fish! That's quality time frozen in a photo. Speaking of photos your bridge shot as the you photo of the month should make any self respecting fly fisherman drool. That is a great looking stretch of water in the middle of an absolutely beautiful scene!

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  7. Midge Man,

    Thanks for the kind words about the photo of the month. That bridge is in the middle of one of my favorite stretches of water to fish...definitely an amazing place!

    David Knapp

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