Guided Trips

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, July 19, 2011

On the Last Cast...

...of the evening, a nice brown took my fly.

 Catherine McGrath Photograph

More on this fish and what it ate to come, as well as some area warm water updates and news on my upcoming trip to Yellowstone!

5 comments:

  1. Awesome. Looking forward to hearing more.

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  2. Anonymous10:14 AM

    Nice brown!

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  3. Cory Smith5:53 PM

    David, I have been following you for a while now on Little River outfitters message board. I am 17 years old and new to fly fishing. I guide trout spinning trips in gatlinburg. Each and every time i go fly fishing in the smokies i learn more and more. I have got catching bows down but can not seem to catch a brow. If you would i would greatly appreciate it if you take me some time. My name is cory smith and you can contact me at 865-291-8887 thank you so much

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  4. Cory,

    I would be glad to fish together sometime and show you a few pointers. Shoot me an email (you can find a link to it over on the right side under the about me through the view my complete profile) and we can discuss getting together sometime.

    David Knapp

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  5. Wow! That was good enough for your dinner. I also love trout fish. Keep it up guys. I'll bookmark this so I'll be looking forward for another adventure with trout. =)

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