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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 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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