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

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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