Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 12/3/2019

Winter fishing is nearly upon us. Snow yesterday has given way to falling water temperatures in the Smokies. In general, fish will be hunkered down, although by tomorrow they should start to get more active again as temperatures warm. For the next three months, expect many more fish in the slower places in the Park. Think nymphs and maybe streamers but don't be surprised to find fish rising to blue-winged olives or midges on some days.

On tailwaters like the Clinch, brown trout and some fall spawn rainbows are doing their thing. This is a good time to review good ethics when it comes to spawning trout. Remember that these are the next generation of trout and the best thing you can do is to leave them alone. Avoid wading through spawning areas and don't fish for obvious spawners. For the foreseeable future, we should have high water thanks to big rains this last weekend. Fishing out of the drift boat will be very good through the winter with both nymphing and streamer fishing a distinct possibility. Want to swing for the fences and go for just one monster? Streamers will just get better and better going into January and February.

The Caney is slowly coming around. A few shad are coming through the dam, but lingering water quality problems are limiting the fishing. Winter streamer floats will produce shots at larger brown trout for anglers willing to work hard. Next spring should bring good fishing again.

Winter is our favorite time to get on the musky streams. In between bouts of high water, those will be fishing well for the next few months.

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

Photo of the Month: Big Fish Chuck Strikes Again

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Thinking About Fall

As late summer holds on tenaciously with 90 degree plus temperatures here near Boulder, I find myself excited about the changing of the seasons that is almost here.  Before I left Tennessee, the dry weather had already started changing some of the leaves.


Here in Colorado I have found the same thing.  Long range forecasts are starting to suggest a significant cooling trend may begin by late next week.  Overnight lows in the mountains will be dipping down towards freezing which means the aspen will be turning a brilliant golden yellow, perhaps sooner instead of later.  In addition to chasing trout during my favorite season, I will also be out with my camera enjoying the beautiful transition to winter.  I can't wait!!!

7 comments:

  1. Yes, the fall is a period of lovely colors and chances to get those big trouts, So, go for it!
    M.O.

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    1. I'm definitely planning on both but really looking forward to the big trout!!!

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  2. Anonymous12:39 PM

    David, seems like we are both quite similar in our approach this fall. First fall in Colorado since my move, too. Anxious for some good fishing, and, fall colors galore. Camera ready!

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    1. We should have a good fall ahead of us. It will be nice to finally cool off from this heat!!!

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  3. David / Mel, I am so jealous.....

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  4. Fishfreek, I'm not sure that it will help the jealousy, but I do plan on having lots of adventures. If you can't be here, at least you can see some pictures of the area!

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  5. Colorado is awesome. Your going to love the fall. Cools crisp mornings, leaves are turning colors only nature can produce with big Browns all lit up snappin streamers! Lets talk in Late January and see if you love the winter!!

    Seriously though..Some good fishin ahead for you!

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