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

Friday, January 11, 2013

Someone Is Fishing

Today I was glad to see that someone is getting out on the water.  Ian and Charity Rutter are apparently fully enjoying the more relaxed winter season and took a break from guiding by getting some fishing in for themselves.  The highlight of the trip was a beautiful brown caught on a.............drumroll........dry fly!!!  Yep, browns on dries in January.  It doesn't get much better than that...  With any luck I'll get out in another week or so but in the short term, my prospects look bleak.  At least I can enjoy reading about others' trips!

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful photo. I don't think you're going to find any fish on a dry around here.

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    1. Howard, now you've just motivated me to find some fish on dries. I need to figure out a way to melt the ice off of Boulder Creek first though...

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    1. Kevin, I believe it was on a Thunderhead.

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  3. Anonymous10:10 PM

    Thanks for sharing another fishing story, Dave. Even though it wasn't you or I doing the fishing still nice to see others enjoying their time on the water. What is a Thunderhead?

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  4. Mel, a Thunderhead is a dry fly that originated in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and is very popular in TN and NC. Its basically a heavily hackled Adams that uses a white calf tail wing in place of the hackle tips so it floats better in the heavy pocket water of the mountain streams. Definitely an awesome pattern!!!

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