In this hilarious article, TWRA nemesis Frank Niceley accused TWRA of stocking coyotes to try and control the Tennessee deer herd. Apparently the TWRA assistant executive director thought it was a joke. The response was classic:
"Actually, we sent some officers over to Arkansas and gave them swimming lessons," he said. "After we taught them, coyotes could swim over the Mississippi River."
I'm always thoroughly amused at people who want huge populations of game species without any natural predators. Coyotes don't eat many deer to begin with, focusing mostly on much smaller prey. The extent some people will go to further their agenda is downright laughable. I'm just glad that Mr. Niceley was shown to be uninformed. Take a moment to read the article for your morning laugh, especially if you are from Tennessee.
UPDATE: 5/31/2016 Smokies Fly Fishing Report -- Current Hatches: Blue-winged Olives, Sulfurs, Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, March Browns, Isonychias (Slate Drake), Little Yellow and Little Green Stoneflies, Giant Black Stoneflies, Golden Stoneflies, Tan and Cinnamon Caddis, inch worms, beetles, and ants. The recent hot dry weather has resulted in falling water levels but fishing is still good. Early and late is the best time to fish now with terrestrials becoming more important as a component of the trout's diet. Both dry flies and nymphs are catching a lot of fish now. If you need to learn how to fish these streams, a guided trip with me can help you accomplish that!
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork is fishing excellent right now. Good for both numbers and a chance at some larger fish. Flows allow for both float or wade trips. Midge fishing is good to great but don't forget your nymphs and terrestrials either. Contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Clinch River Fishing Report: Fishing is anywhere from good to slow depending on the day and your casting ability. Long casts, long drifts, small flies. Watch for sulfurs and be prepared with nymph, emerger, and dun imitations if the fish are noticing them. When there aren't a lot of bugs on the water, stick with small nymph, emerger, and midge patterns and you should catch some nice trout.
Holston River: Fishing well with some nice fish being caught. The famed caddis hatch is on along with Sulfurs, midges, and craneflies. Caddis pupa and midge larva and pupa patterns are producing the best but don't forget your dry flies either.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth are coming on strong now and wade fishing the creeks and streams for smallmouth and various sunfish will only get better from here on out. Some good fish are being caught on topwater and that will continue for the rest of the summer except during high water episodes.