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FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 04/19/2019

Easter Weekend Update: The Smokies have been pounded with rain today and will feature high water through the holiday weekend. If you must get out and fish, wait until late in the weekend and be very cautious. Fish the edges and stay safe!

Otherwise...our early hatches are giving way to lighter colored bugs now. Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, Blue-winged Olives, March Browns, and Hendricksons have all been on the water at times. The huge Black Stoneflies are around now as well and providing some big bites for hungry trout. Sulfurs should be starting fairly soon, especially with all of the nice weather we are having. Little Yellow Stoneflies are just starting to show up now as well and will get much stronger as May approaches. The yearly pinnacle of spring dry fly fishing is quickly approaching!

Tailwaters are starting to fish well. The Caney Fork is still blowing a LOT of water. That should change fairly soon if we don't get too much rain. I'm thinking we might start seeing some opportunities in early May if things hold steady, maybe sooner. The Clinch has been fishing extremely well. Big hard fighting rainbow and brown trout are the target here on light tippets and tiny flies. Bring your A game or go home disappointed. Sulfurs should start to really take off shortly along with more caddis than we have already been seeing. On Tuesday's float, fish were taking a variety of bugs including midges, caddis, and the odd sulfur.

Warm water options are really taking off as well. That is assuming that flows cooperate. Big rain events will shut this down for a few days, but otherwise, everything is fishing very well right now!

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Thursday, August 23, 2012

There's A Brookie In There

How would you go about catching this fish???  It was just relaxing on the bottom of this beaver pond...


8 comments:

  1. Plop a small light weighted bugger right next it then start stripping it away really fast.

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    1. Brookies and buggers...I like it!

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  2. Having experienced the "Brookie in the beaver dam pond" trick, I would put a mini-crawler on a hook (no weight), toss it out, and the Brookie will come.

    Mark

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    1. Mark, that definitely sounds like the voice of experience...

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  3. If I was here at home in Florida I would grab the cast net and give it a toss. Brookie caught gauranteed. But since we have no brookies here and I love fishing for them so much I spend half my income every year traveling to the ends of the earth to try to just hook one. I would probably just sit there and watch it for a while.

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    1. Fishfreek, it must be difficult to live in Florida if you love fishing for brookies. I would really miss the mountains if I lived down there...

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  4. set a dry about 6ft ahead of that fish..Brookie on.

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  5. David it makes for a lot of traveling during the year. But for now as with most the job rules. I am working on changing that but it will take a couple more years.

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