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

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Our Sport is.....Doomed?

In one school district here in Colorado, fly fishing has definitely been jeopardized.  Jake, over at the "Fins on the Fly" blog, is a student in Fort Collins.  His school district has apparently cancelled the fly fishing club due to the "inherent danger associated with the sport."  I first discovered this problem through Howard over at the Windknots and Tangled Lines blog.  I believe it is safe to assume that the Fort Collins school district in question will not be canceling the football program or any other "inherently dangerous sports" and there is probably a deeper issue at hand.  More than likely, the "powers" that be realized that fly fishing actually encourages people to think for themselves instead of blindly following others' directions.  And who would want a country full of people who actually think for themselves?  Talk about upsetting the status quo...

Regardless of the problem, I encourage you to head over to Jake's blog and show some support and maybe even write an email or two.  Jake is specifically looking for someone to help with an essay detailing the benefits of fly fishing.  Head over to his blog to check out the details...

2 comments:

  1. Eloquently said David. I support finding out the reasons and I applaud Jake for taking this on. Let's ask why?

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  2. Howard, thanks for making me aware of this issue. Strange things are happening in our world today and it would be nice if we could make a difference in at least one issue that is close to home...

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