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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mammal Eating Trout

Have you ever dreamed of hitting the mouse hatch in New Zealand? Or perhaps skating lemming patterns across the water in Labrador?  Well, some new research has shown that you don't need to travel quite so far.  Apparently the trout in Idaho's Silver Creek are carnivorous, or at least become so when the vole population explodes during the high end of the population cycle.  I don't know about everyone else, but fishing mouse patterns in the dark to monster trout sure sounds like a lot of fun...

7 comments:

  1. Bass will eat mouse flies too. Years ago I was fishing a small pond by my house and tossed a mouse fly under a over hanging tree. A largemouth jumped out of the water and came down head first right on the mouse. I was stunned and I think that was the only reason I caught the fish. I think if I had been ready I probably would have moved the fly before the bass actually ate it. I have been trying to relive that moment for quite awhile. I haven't had it happen since.

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    1. That sounds like something worth recreating. Hopefully you will find some fish this year willing to hit a mouse pattern!

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  2. Hi David!

    Really interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    Kind regards,
    Mats Olsson

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    1. Mats, glad you found it interesting! Too bad there aren't more places you can regularly fish mouse patterns...

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  3. David
    If a big brown hits a frog pattern like the largemouth, then you are in for a fight. I can’t imagine what it would be like to land a big brown on a frog or any other pattern. I am still in search of my 16” trout, hopefully one day I will connect. By the way I am getting ready for the flies. The generation on the tailrace is getting less. Check out this link for a great buy on waders at Cabelas--

    David
    If a big brown hits a frog pattern like the largemouth, then you are in for a fight. I can’t imagine what it would be like to land a big brown on a frog or any other pattern. I am still in search of my 16” trout, hopefully one day I will connect. By the way I am getting ready for the flies. The generation on the tailrace is getting less. Check out this link for a great buy on waders at Cabelas--
    http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/search_catalog_command.cmd?fromProductSearch=true&item1=Ibs830203
















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    1. Bill, the flies should be there soon. Let me know if they don't show up in the next few days...

      Thanks for the heads up on the waders deal!!!

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  4. Death to voles...I'm not sad to hear about that at all. And it does sound fun casting large mouse flies to meat eating trout.

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