We are in the full swing of preparing for yet another Spring Break Trip. Last year was the epic Grand Canyon adventure (Part One and Part Two) that I would love to be going on again. This year, however, we decided to return to the Florida Everglades. That's right! Another paddle through the mangroves, camping on beaches, and with a little luck, catching some new to me fish species. We leave in less than a week and this year's paddle will be longer than the last one.
With that in mind, I will probably be pretty much swamped for the next few days with little to no fishing time. Expect minimal updates over the next two weeks, but after that I expect to have lots of good stories and pictures as well. In March, I have a couple of trips lined up to the mountains already so there should be plenty of new material coming...
FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 3/23/2017
The fishing has been great lately! This spring has been phenomenal in the Smokies. Long hatches have produced dry fly fishing lasting for hours every day. The Caney Fork has been producing some great fish on high water.
In the Great Smoky Mountains, the spring fishing has started early this year. Quill Gordon (#12-#14) and Blue Quill (#16-#18) mayflies are starting to transition into Hendricksons (#12-#14). On foul weather days, the Blue-winged Olives (#18-#22) have literally poured off of the river. The recent cooler weather actually enhanced the dry fly fishing. The bugs have been having a harder time getting off of the water, so despite the cool water temperature, fish have been rising lazily through an extended afternoon hatch. Little Black Caddis (#18-#20) have been hatching well along with some Early Brown Stoneflies (#12).
On the tailwaters, the fishing has been decent to good. The Clinch is fishing well along with the Holston. The Caney Fork continues to be my river of choice, however. Streamer trips continue to produce and we are doing some high water nymphing as well. This is as good a time as any to have a shot at large rainbow and brown trout on this tailwater!
I still have some open dates for guided trips in April and May, but the calendar is filling fast. I've been turning away trips because people wait too long to book. Don't make that mistake!