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

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Things have been quiet on the fishing scene for me the past few days.  Thankfully I'm in full Christmas break mode which involves a lot of relaxation (much needed I might add) as well as time with good friends.  Yesterday was a ski day, and as it was only my third time ever, I'm a bit sore today (okay really sore today), mostly in one or two spots that I repeatedly fell on.  Apparently the ability to cast gracefully with a fly rod on liquid water does not translate into grace on frozen water.  Still, I had a great time and am already planning a trip in Colorado when I get back home.

Once I return, I'll be kicking into high gear on the fly tying scene.  A fishing trip or two may also be in the works although probably not too many of those will happen for the next 2 months.  Stories of BIG trout being caught over on the Frying Pan have me considering a weekend trip, maybe sometime soon during the cold but quiet off-season.

Yes, this has been a great year for me and next year is looking like more of the same.  I hope that all of you are as blessed this Christmas season as I am.  Merry Christmas to each of you, and here's to another great year in 2013!!!

10 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas, David! And here's wishing you all the best for 2013!

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    1. Same to you Gerry! Holler if you make it out to Colorado this next year and let's fish...

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  2. Awesome post! Merry Christmas bro...

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    1. Merry Christmas Kevin! We need to fish again sometime next spring. I'll be home for spring break and will give you a holler when that gets closer...

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  3. Merry Christmas! Looking forward to your new adventures in 2013 and hopefully a trip to meet up together.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too Juan! Hope you have another great year!

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  4. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Merry Christmas, David, and a wonderful wish for 2013. Snowed quite a bit in Loveland in the last day or so as winter came for Christma

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    1. Mel, its good to hear that CO is finally getting some snow. We need some water for next year...

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  5. I don't know how I missed you David, but I hope you had a great Christmas and look forward to a wonderful New Year of fishing and friends.

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    1. Thanks Howard! Christmas was awesome. Can't wait to get out on the water again though...

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