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

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Jumping Brook Trout!!!

These brookies think they are salmon heading upstream to spawn, or at least they were doing their best salmon impersonation.  The high country brookies are starting to color up nicely for the spawn.  Today I found many willing fish, but the highlight of the day was watching several fish repeatedly trying to scale a small falls.  They appeared to be moving upstream in anticipation of the upcoming spawn.  I got several pictures as the fish hurled themselves into the air only to be swept back downstream in the fast water.







While I was definitely pleased with the pictures, the real highlight is the following video taken by my friend, Catherine McGrath.  In just a 15 second clip, you can see three different fish trying to scale the falls.  For the best video, watch this in full screen HD...


12 comments:

  1. I totally enjoyed the photos and video! Nice place you've got here David. I think I'll spend some time and look around.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I had a great time obtaining those brookie pictures...

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  2. David,

    Those are unbelievable photos. Must have been pretty cool to see.

    Ben

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    1. Thanks Ben! It was definitely a special opportunity...

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  3. Anonymous12:46 PM

    Great work, David, that is pretty special to see. Life in the wilds!

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    1. Thanks Mel! Can't get any better than time in the wilds!!!

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  4. I never knew they did that. Ya learn something new every day. Good pictures.

    Mark

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    1. Mark, I did not realize they did that either. Back in the Smokies I think most fish spawned close to their home pool. Although I know that some browns back home would spawn in their home pool while others would run way up stream. Interesting how some choose to move up and others stay...

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  5. David, great to see that you are exploring some new haunts in Colorado, and getting acquainted with the finned locals! Fantastic brook trout photos and video, and the fish in the first picture looks like quite a colorful male...

    Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain! I'm really enjoying this discovery phase and hope the joy of discovery never gets old...

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