Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 12/4/2018

After a brief warmup and another borderline high water event, the streams of the Smokies are once again receding and getting cold. The spawn is winding down for the year so please avoid walking in/around gravel areas in the tailouts of pools and riffles. Those eggs need to survive for another generation to be born. When temperatures rise a few degrees, trout will become active and eat nymphs and streamers well. On cold days, don't expect too much although you might find a large post spawn brown trout.

The tailwaters are all flowing high and keeping us mostly limited to streamers. The Clinch might offer some high water nymphing, especially once they start to dial back the flows. Unfortunately it will be at least another couple of weeks before that happens it seems. The Caney Fork is fishing ok on high water but nothing to write home about. I floated last week and we did not do particularly well. We did find a bunch of crappie which seemed unusual at best. The good news? Water temperatures here are coming down and Center Hill Lake surface temperatures are falling rapidly as well. Shad kills should be in our future for sometime this month and of course January and February and perhaps later into the spring. This fishing is very inconsistent day to day, but when you hit it right you might have the best fishing of your life.

Musky streams are up and down with the rains. We hope to get in a few musky floats soon. As always, check back here for updates as conditions change.

Photo of the Month: Fall on the Tellico

Photo of the Month: Fall on the Tellico

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Relocating

Big changes are looming on the horizon.  I just accepted a job in Colorado and will be moving that way soon...as in soon enough to start the new school year.  Things have been moving pretty fast and will continue to be that way.  I'm looking forward to the possibilities for career advancement and working with some new people, but naturally am also interested in learning about some new spots to fish.  My favorite parts of Colorado (so far anyway) are located far from where I will be, so I probably won't be fishing there as much as I might like.  Teaching in a new school will keep me busy as will the next few weeks of transition.

With that in mind, please forgive me if the updates and fishing stories come with less frequency for the next few months.  I want to focus on the new job which means some things like this blog might temporarily be put on hold.  I will still check in at least some though and intend to post trip reports and other news.

To all my Tennessee friends, thanks for making my fishing experiences awesome!  I will miss all the good times, but will be returning to visit, hopefully often, and will be doing at least a little fishing then.  The Smokies will always be the best!!!

In the meantime, I look forward to meeting new people and making new friends in the sport in Colorado.  Hopefully I can find some people willing to show me around and put up with a new guy...

20 comments:

  1. You won't find any shortage of fishing friends in Colorado. Right off the top of my head, I can think of at least 6 who would be willing to drag you, kicking and screaming, to some of the best streams around. Holler if you need a list.

    Mark

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  2. Mark, thanks for the offer. I may just take you up on that once I get myself located and figure out which end is up...

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  3. Good luck Man! I'll sure miss your smokies posts. Best wishes!

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    1. Thanks Matthew! I hope to still get some Smokies posts up on occasion but obviously only a few per year.

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  4. Give me a holler when you get out here. I'd like to meet up and fish.

    Juan

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    1. Juan, thanks and definitely will do! I will look forward to it...

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  5. James W8:40 PM

    Congrats my friend! Change is often a good thing and I wish you the best. We will all be looking forward to seeing new backdrops in your frames once you get settled.

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    1. James W, thank you! I'm excited about the changes although nervous a bit as well. It should be an incredible adventure!

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  6. Stalking 20+ inches of wild trout in crystal clear waters...hell yeah. Welcome to Colorado.

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    1. Thanks!!! Super excited about expanding my fly fishing horizons further...

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  7. Congrats on the new job, and best of luck in your new adventures. I look forward to the first report from CO.

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    1. Thanks Jay! I can't wait to have a report to share. As hectic as moving will be it may take some time. It will come though...

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  8. Anonymous1:32 PM

    theres so many famous and not so famous places to fish...you wont hate it thats for sure...I relocated here myself 3 yrs ago...while I miss my old stomping grounds along the Northeast shore and hills, the fishing here is pretty darn good. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks! I know I will miss home but can't wait to make new memories and discover new fishing holes!

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  9. Congratulations David, I'm sure you are excited for many reasons to be heading to CO! What part of the state are you moving to?

    Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain. I'm moving to the Boulder area and definitely am excited!

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  10. Good luck! Your posts on the smokies definitely help get me through these long Texas summers between trout fishing trips. Can't wait for the Colorado posts to start coming in. You're gonna be missed on the little river outfitters message boards as well! Thanks David, for keeping us inspired!

    Gerald
    San Antonio, Tx

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    1. Gerald, I hope to get some fishing under my belt and report on them soon but may be too busy for a while. I'll still hang out on the LRO board, but will just have to post in the out of state report section I guess!

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  11. I am a lover of the nature and the natural beauty. The post is full of natural scenes and fishes. I am fond of fishing specially Carp fishing. I always says that Carp fishing gives us enjoyment and nutrition simultaneously. Thanks for such a nice post.

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  12. David,

    Don't know how I missed this, but congrats on your relocation. Looking forward to following your journeys in Colorado. Take care.

    Ben

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