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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

Monday, June 06, 2011

Carp...

...on cicadas!!!  I've been on the Caney for the past couple of days and likely to get out again another day or two in the near future.  The cicadas are on but definitely winding down now.  All this time I thought trout fishing was a blast, but now I sort of understand why some people get all excited about carp.  These fish were chowing down on cicadas on the lower river.  Here is one picture of a 30 inch carp caught during a float with David Perry.  Lots more to come over the next few days so stay tuned for more on the cicadas and the big browns, rainbows, and yes, carp that are tearing them up. 

David Perry Photograph

7 comments:

  1. Nice fish man. I have been meaning to target those guys but never have. I hear that they are a ball on the fly rod. Cant wait to see what else you caught. Nice work.

    Jeff
    J & M Flies
    www.gotflyfishing.blogspot.com

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  2. Anonymous3:34 AM

    DANG! Did you weight that toad?

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  3. Great looking fish there, David. Those bad boys sure are fun and put a great bend in the fly rod. Nicely done.

    Ben

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  4. David
    I know that crap was a hoot on the fly----but I must tell you carp have to be the ugliest fish on the planet. Thanks for sharing

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  5. Holy Carp!

    What a piggie. Are those river carp as slimy as their pond dwelling family members?

    Gotta try that on the fly sometime. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. David,

    Great-looking carp, and on a dry fly no less! Some folks give carp a bad wrap, but they are big, strong fish, and usually more difficult to fool than trout--nice job!

    Iain

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