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!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Another epic visit to the Florida Everglades is now history. The trip was a lot of fun for many reasons including the paddling, lots of wildlife, and yes, even a little fishing. Things like camping on the beach were definitely a huge plus as well. I have well over 10 gigabytes of just my own pictures and video to go over, not to mention similar quantities from my friends as well. Over the next few days I'll be posting pictures, stories, and other tidbits from the trip.
In the meantime, spring appears to be in full swing here in Tennessee. That means I have lots of tying and fishing to do. Today I'm heading out for a little while to check on a local bluegill spot. Check back often over the next serveral days as I provide lots of updates...
Posted by David Knapp at 11:47 AM