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FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 12/3/2019

Winter fishing is nearly upon us. Snow yesterday has given way to falling water temperatures in the Smokies. In general, fish will be hunkered down, although by tomorrow they should start to get more active again as temperatures warm. For the next three months, expect many more fish in the slower places in the Park. Think nymphs and maybe streamers but don't be surprised to find fish rising to blue-winged olives or midges on some days.

On tailwaters like the Clinch, brown trout and some fall spawn rainbows are doing their thing. This is a good time to review good ethics when it comes to spawning trout. Remember that these are the next generation of trout and the best thing you can do is to leave them alone. Avoid wading through spawning areas and don't fish for obvious spawners. For the foreseeable future, we should have high water thanks to big rains this last weekend. Fishing out of the drift boat will be very good through the winter with both nymphing and streamer fishing a distinct possibility. Want to swing for the fences and go for just one monster? Streamers will just get better and better going into January and February.

The Caney is slowly coming around. A few shad are coming through the dam, but lingering water quality problems are limiting the fishing. Winter streamer floats will produce shots at larger brown trout for anglers willing to work hard. Next spring should bring good fishing again.

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: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

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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