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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, January 31, 2013

Just Four More Months!!!

Here's hoping for a good hatch this year!!!


11 comments:

  1. Hi!

    Wow! Are those stoneflies? We don't have stoneflies of that size here in Sweden but I've experienced a magnificent hatch of huge caddis (Phryganea Grandis I think it is) and the trout just went crazy. Big dry flies and they took it without hesitation. Marvellous! Hope you get a big hatch of those critters that will certainly be spectacular.

    Greetings from Sweden,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. Yes, they are Salmonflies and generally 2-3 inches long. Very impressive bugs and the fish love them...

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    2. That's understandable. The caddis flies I mentioned also reach 2-3 inches but were impossible to catch. Would have been nice to have a picture of them.

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  2. I guess the question is: Can you wait 4 months?

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    1. Mark, I'll be out hitting the water often over the next few months. There are some great hatches before the Salmonflies to keep me occupied...

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  3. Hey David, this is when I start counting down the days! Gotta love those stones.

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    1. Howard, I'm starting to feel the pressure to tie now. I know its still a little while but I like to be prepared...

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  4. David
    I can't wait to get back on the Caney Fork. Will you be fishing the tailrace this year? I know you don't live in Tennessee anymore but I have a feeling you haven't forgot this great tailrace.

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    1. Bill, I'm sure I'll fish the Caney at some point. I fished it last time I was home and had a good time. I'm wondering how it will fish this year with the high water this winter. What it really needs is a couple of dry years...

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    1. Hopefully the time will go quickly!!!

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