Guided Trips

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

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Improving Your Fly Fishing Skills

Lately I have been suffering from too much work and not enough fishing.  Instead of allowing it to slowly affect my attitude, I decided that if I can’t go fishing as much, I can at least still think and write about it.  With that in mind, I’m going to work on some new articles over the next few weeks.  For many of you, I will most likely be repeating old information.  However, at least some of you will hopefully find something useful in what I will share that can improve your skills and help you catch more fish.
 
Some will be brief articles that simply highlight one key point while others will focus on broader subjects.  Mostly I will discuss trout fishing in moving water but may touch on other areas as well.  If you have a specific area or subject you would like me to address, please send me an email or leave a comment here, and I will see what I can do.

9 comments:

  1. I'd be interested in hearing your strategies (lines, flies, setups, etc.) for Smallmouth Bass in east TN.

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  2. Jay,

    I could probably do that. Are you talking mostly about running water or lakes as well? Also larger rivers like the Holston or smaller streams like the Little Pigeon and Little River?

    David Knapp

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  3. I'm interested in whatever you have to offer. I really like the smaller wadable water myself, but I think I have that pretty well figured out... for the most part. I've fished the Little Pigeon a lot with a fair amount of success back when I lived in Knoxville. I guess your approach to tackling slightly larger water like the Holston or French Broad would be of most interest. I don't suspect I'll try and tackle any reservoirs for Smallies anytime soon, but I'll likely be going after Spots soon with Bill from the "Fishing Through Life" blog... so anything that might be applicable there would be cool. Thanks for fielding my request. I'm looking forward to reading.

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  4. Whats your favorite rod? Why? Where is it best used?
    What about fly line. Whats the deal with all those types of line? Does it really matter?
    What time of day is best to fish? Where are the fish in the stream?

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  5. Lungs, just so you know, the fish are wherever I decide to cast in the stream...just saying... :D

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  6. I'm interested in fly selection. I have a basic knowledge of whether to use nymph, dry or terrestrial, but I'd like a synopsis of when to use which patterns in mountain streams (trout).

    Also interested in smallmouth fly patterns, techniques and (most importantly) where to find fish. Trout seem much more predictable to me.

    --Matt

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  7. (I was referring to the smokies for the mountain streams, and lakes and rivers for smallmouth in/around knoxville)

    --Matt

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  8. Matt,

    Thats a great topic which I plan on attempting to address in pieces as I go...

    Thanks for the suggestions!

    David Knapp

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