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FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/08/2020

Unusually warm and wet conditions continue to prevail here in middle and east Tennessee. This upcoming weekend is looking like more rain and possibly even severe weather. The wind forecast is bad enough that I wouldn't bother going fishing until Sunday at the earliest unless you can go tomorrow.

In the Smokies, nymphing will be the name of the game, but don't be surprised to see some blue-winged olives from time to time. With all the high water, think streamers, big stoneflies, or worm imitations.

Tailwaters like the Caney Fork and Clinch are still rolling with a lot of water. Both rivers are over 10,000 cfs. While this is still fishable, I don't really recommend it. Flows this high are generally all about swinging for the fences if you feel like hunting a trophy. Many days it won't happen. Once in a while it will. Throw big streamers, hope for a shad kill, and get out there. Those big fish won't get caught if you're sitting home on the couch.

The Caney will produce decent fishing if we ever get flows back down at least a little. One generator would be ideal. Right now I'll even take two. Minimum flow looks a long ways off right now.

On the Clinch, you can throw streamers and also possible nymph up a few fish. If you pick your spots, there are places to nymph even on 12,000 cfs. Let's hope it gets back down to two generators or less soon. Every time we get a big rain event, look for some low water for a day or two or three. TVA will hold water back at tributary dams like Norris to reduce downstream high water effects. This gives those of us who like to wade a day or two to fish.

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: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mishap

Last week I was able to get out a little with some guys on the Caney to float in canoes.  Naturally I wanted to fish in the process so I took the streamer rod and pounded the banks here and there.  Problems started when we were nearly at the end of the float. 

I had just hooked a large striper and as it was running straight up river, somehow the canoe flipped.  Now this was during generation and anyone that has every floated the Caney knows that even one generator is pushing a lot of water.  We watched equipment floating off downstream while we swam our swamped canoe ashore.  Quickly bailing the water out, we through the few things we still had back in the boat and started downstream at top speed to catch everything. 

Thankfully we recovered all the the lost items except I had a stream thermometer disappear and my sunglasses vanished at some point in the chaos.  Now for the bad part.  Sometime during the confusion, the tip on my 7 wt broke (already have a new tip in hand, thanks to amazing customer service from TFO!!!).  Most costly though was the fact that my DSLR was in its case, lashed to a cross bar in the canoe.  When it flipped, the camera was soaked.  Most likely the camera is toasted along with the lenses.  I can't afford the expensive cleaning and can't justify the cost when I can add a couple of hundred bucks and just get a new camera.  So for the time being I'm without a good camera. 

Unfortunately, my old Pentax Optio W-20 has an extremely short battery life now.  That is being fixed as I just ordered another battery.  However, I still need to replace my DSLR.  Hopefully over the next few months I can save up enough to make the purchase.  In the meantime, please forgive me if the content (especially pictures) is not of the quality you have come to expect.  I still have some reports from Yellowstone to add, complete with good quality pictures from before the camera died...  Hopefully by sometime after the new year I can come up with the necessary cash to buy a new camera.

5 comments:

  1. David,

    Sorry to hear about your camera.

    Have you considered buying refurbished. I have bought three refurbished cameras, two of which from B&H, that are still ticking like new. My D90 as a matter of fact was refurbished, and is in excellent condition.

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  2. Travis,

    I may look into the refurbished, especially as cost will be a major issue. Do the refurbished cameras come with any guarantees or warranty?

    David Knapp

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  3. It depends on where you buy it. I believe my D90 came with a 90 day warranty. Definitely less than the typical 5 yr warranty, but in my experience if your camera is going to have any problems they will show up in fewer than 90 days.

    Plus it depends on what you are looking at buying. My D90 was a mid-range DSLR, and I got it for about 50% of MSRP. Some of the entry level DSLR's that started around $500 were only like 20% off MSRP. In that case it probably is not beneficial to buy refurbished.

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  4. Could I be a little impertinent and suggest you look at an Olympus E-5 and their pro quality lenses? They can survive a lot of water and still function well. Most of my pictures I take with a shirt pocket Olympus ("Tough") but for serious photography in arduous conditions my E-5 and 12-60 FD lens has been very reliable. It isn't an underwater set up but certainly a very wet splashproof set up...

    Anyway the most important thing is that you came to no physical harm. It is so very easy to drown even in only a little bit of water.

    Best wishes

    Regular Rod

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  5. Regular Rod,

    I would consider another system except I already have extra Canon lenses and can't really afford completely changing systems at this point. I'm pretty tied into Canon until I win the lottery or otherwise come into large sums of cash...

    David Knapp

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