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FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 04/19/2019

Easter Weekend Update: The Smokies have been pounded with rain today and will feature high water through the holiday weekend. If you must get out and fish, wait until late in the weekend and be very cautious. Fish the edges and stay safe!

Otherwise...our early hatches are giving way to lighter colored bugs now. Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, Blue-winged Olives, March Browns, and Hendricksons have all been on the water at times. The huge Black Stoneflies are around now as well and providing some big bites for hungry trout. Sulfurs should be starting fairly soon, especially with all of the nice weather we are having. Little Yellow Stoneflies are just starting to show up now as well and will get much stronger as May approaches. The yearly pinnacle of spring dry fly fishing is quickly approaching!

Tailwaters are starting to fish well. The Caney Fork is still blowing a LOT of water. That should change fairly soon if we don't get too much rain. I'm thinking we might start seeing some opportunities in early May if things hold steady, maybe sooner. The Clinch has been fishing extremely well. Big hard fighting rainbow and brown trout are the target here on light tippets and tiny flies. Bring your A game or go home disappointed. Sulfurs should start to really take off shortly along with more caddis than we have already been seeing. On Tuesday's float, fish were taking a variety of bugs including midges, caddis, and the odd sulfur.

Warm water options are really taking off as well. That is assuming that flows cooperate. Big rain events will shut this down for a few days, but otherwise, everything is fishing very well right now!

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

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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