Winter has blown in with a convincing dusting of snow and frigid winds. This morning I woke up to a beautiful dusting of wet snow that stuck to all the trees. The ground itself was largely too warm still for anything to stick to it resulting in a beautiful sight: lush green grass still carpets my yard while the trees wear a frosty coating.
UPDATE: 1/31/2016 Smokies Fly Fishing Report -- Warm temperatures the past few days have warmed the streams some although snowmelt from the last big snowstorm has kept a lid on water temperatures. Fishing was slow yesterday but improved quite a lot today. There were even some nice browns caught today! Most of the time nymphs will get the job done although there were reports of some trout rising to BWOs and midges the past few days so keep an eye out for noses. The next two days will feature good fishing until the next big front ushers in colder temperatures and brings the potential for heavy rain. In the extended forecast, it looks like winter will return in force so don't expect early spring hatches during the next couple of weeks.
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: Flows are still high and heavy rain is forecast on Tuesday so don't expect wadeable flows anytime soon. The streamer fishing should keep things interesting though. The cold months are streamer season for this river so contact me about a float trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: The musky streams warmed nicely over the last couple of days and flows are dropping into the sweet spot...just in time for another round of heavy rain on Tuesday. If you can get out on tomorrow you might turn some nice fish, otherwise I would wait another week or two depending on how much rain we get on Tuesday into Tuesday night.
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