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: 4/23/2017
SPECIAL UPDATE: HIGH WATER EVERYWHERE!
The next couple of days will be tough just about anywhere you go. High water is the rule and heavy runoff has muddied lakes as well. Best to stay home and tie flies for at least the next day or two. Once the stream levels settle down, fishing in the Smokies should be good.
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 and low water.
In the Smokies, we have a high water day. That should soon give way to good flows and hatches as well. Evening hatches should really be going strong now at good flows. It is the time of year for yellow, cream and tan.
Unfortunately Center Hill Lake is filling rapidly and the USACE will be running a lot of water for a while to drop the lake back down. If you are interested in streamer floats, those will be able to happen into May this year. This is as good a time and method for getting into big fish as any. Once the lake level drops and flows go down, the fishing should be excellent on low water. We had some unreal trips on low water before all of this rain happened.
The musky and smallmouth bass rivers are totally blown out. If you are wanting to get in on this fishing, contact me about a float in May. Once conditions settle down, the fishing will be very good.