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FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/08/2020

Unusually warm and wet conditions continue to prevail here in middle and east Tennessee. This upcoming weekend is looking like more rain and possibly even severe weather. The wind forecast is bad enough that I wouldn't bother going fishing until Sunday at the earliest unless you can go tomorrow.

In the Smokies, nymphing will be the name of the game, but don't be surprised to see some blue-winged olives from time to time. With all the high water, think streamers, big stoneflies, or worm imitations.

Tailwaters like the Caney Fork and Clinch are still rolling with a lot of water. Both rivers are over 10,000 cfs. While this is still fishable, I don't really recommend it. Flows this high are generally all about swinging for the fences if you feel like hunting a trophy. Many days it won't happen. Once in a while it will. Throw big streamers, hope for a shad kill, and get out there. Those big fish won't get caught if you're sitting home on the couch.

The Caney will produce decent fishing if we ever get flows back down at least a little. One generator would be ideal. Right now I'll even take two. Minimum flow looks a long ways off right now.

On the Clinch, you can throw streamers and also possible nymph up a few fish. If you pick your spots, there are places to nymph even on 12,000 cfs. Let's hope it gets back down to two generators or less soon. Every time we get a big rain event, look for some low water for a day or two or three. TVA will hold water back at tributary dams like Norris to reduce downstream high water effects. This gives those of us who like to wade a day or two to fish.

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: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

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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