Guided Trips

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

Monday, April 23, 2012

Lots To Come and Help Please!!!

Usually it is a good sign for me to have too much to blog about.  At the very least it means I've been able to do some fishing lately.  I have more posts to come on the Everglades, a trip to the Smokies last week, and a tailwater report (big brown trout alert!!!).  While I would love to put them all up at once, I'm too busy to write that many blog entries in proper fashion and, afterall, who would want to read something just tossed together?  For those who are patient, I have lots of great pictures coming up along with those posts so check back often and hopefully I'll get caught up slowly but surely. 

Second, I mentioned this a week ago, but if you didn't see it the first time, please help me out!  I entered a photo in a contest over on Facebook by Yeti Coolers.  You can help me in that contest by going to the photograph and clicking the "Like" button.  That's it! 

3 comments:

  1. "While I would love to put them all up at once,..." Well David, it's fine to spread them out one-at-a-time over several days...it makes for daily content that way.

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  2. We await your posts. Bring 'em on.

    Mark

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  3. David, your entries are always worth the wait, so take your time. On that subject, I can definitely relate--between working in the field, spending time with my wife, and fishing, it can be hard to find the time to keep the blog current and up to date, at least from my experience...

    Iain

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