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FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/22/2020

High flows continue across the area but trends are definitely down. A recent cold snap broke the ongoing heatwave so fishing in the mountains has slowed dramatically. Right on schedule, some of our tailwaters should begin returning to more normal flows for this time of year meaning float trips are certainly possible.

For the Smokies, a warming trend should commence as we go into next week. By mid week the fishing should be decent before the next cold front returns us back to winter again. On warmer days, look for midges and possibly winter stoneflies hatching. Some blue-winged olives will be possible on foul weather days as we head towards February. The best fishing is still a few weeks out, but no longer feels like an eternity. Expect good spring hatches to start in late February or early March with blue quills and quill gordons along with little black caddis and early brown and black stones. By April, things will be settling down with the pinnacle of spring fishing usually happening from mid April through the month of May.

On our area tailwaters, high water continues to be the story. The Caney Fork still has at least a couple of weeks of high flows and that is assuming we don't get any more heavy rainfall. This time of year, that is asking a lot. The high water is good for one thing, however. Shad. Yes, the cold months are prime time to try and hit the famed shad kill and catch a monster brown trout. Same thing goes for the Clinch.

Speaking of the Clinch, the good news is that flows are scheduled to begin dropping tomorrow. A steady two generators will feel like low water after the recent period of two generators plus sluicing. Two generators opens up some nymphing possibilities in addition to our favorite winter pastime, stripping streamers for monsters.

The musky streams are settling into fine shape and will be an option moving forward as well. Remember that bouts of high water will get them stained or even muddy for a few days, but as flows come down the fishing should pick back up.

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thanks!!!

I just want to give a shout out to everyone that stopped by Little River Outfitters on Sunday to join me for the fly tying session.  Talking flies and how to fish them are always a lot of fun for me and I specifically want to thank Byron, Paula, and Daniel for having me.  I will likely be heading up to the Park again soon to get in on the early spring hatches.  Things have been amazing already this year from everything I have heard and I can't wait to get in on a good hatch myself. 

3 comments:

  1. What did you tie?

    Regular Rod

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  2. I tied a variety of mountain and tailwater patterns, several of which are my own flies or variations on flies without a name. I tied the Belly Ache Minnow, a striper fly of my own design I call the PB&J (for Puglisi, Bunny, and Jelly), and a variation of the Crazy Charlie/Gotcha, all of which are great streamer patterns in the Smokies as well as area tailwaters and warm water streams. I also tied three tailwater flies, the Ray Charles, Zebra Midge, and a Micro-Tubing Midge Larva pattern. Finally, I tied a few Smokies patterns including a beadhead caddis pupa, Quill Gordon Spundun, Soft Hackle Isonychia, and my version of the Tellico Nymph. Lots of variety to keep things interesting!

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  3. Anonymous4:11 PM

    David, Those were some great pics of your hike up to Ramsey Cascades. Beautiful!! I used to do a lot of backpacking on the AT as well as most of the trails in the park (not able to hike far now due to PD - but I flyfish now to get outdoors) and was wondering if you had ever hiked to the Mt Cammerer firetower during winter . Its quite a sight with icicles , snow, etc....
    Also I enjoy your posts on LRO and those pics.
    See Ya , Mike

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