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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

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Fun

So for a bit of fun today, I am hoping to stir up a debate.  Lately, I have been thinking about the similarities and differences between fishing for redfish and carp.  Let's be honest: beyond actual coloration, they look pretty similar as far as body shape and build goes.  Carp pull as hard as any fish I've ever hooked other than striped bass.  Yet, the lowly carp gets only minimal credit and then only among a somewhat cult-type following.  The true carp fishermen are somewhat few and far between.  Out here in Colorado I have noticed a few more than back in Tennessee but they are still not anything close to a majority.

So, my question today is why fish for carp?  For that matter, why chase redfish?  I'm a pretty dedicated trout fisherman but enjoy chasing large- and smallmouth bass, panfish, striped bass, white bass, hybrids, musky, pike, yeah, I guess if it swims I'm willing to give it a shot.  I have even caught a few carp and had fun, but am still not sure whether it is worth my time becoming a proficient carp fisherman.

7 comments:

  1. I have no credentials to answer this, but that never stopped me before so here goes. I've never been fishing for redfish. Don't care if I ever do as long as there are trout here in Colorado. As far as carp goes, I've never been fishing for carp. As long as there are trout in Colorado I'll be a happy camper. but I will go carp fishing this year. I just don't expect to get crazy about it but I've got to try.

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    1. Howard, your expectations seem pretty similar to my own...I will say this: If I could find carp here that would consistently rise to a big dry, I would take them a lot more seriously.

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  2. If you have to ask why then you're probably not going to do it much. To each his own. If the tug is truly the drug for you carp have few competitors.

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    1. You make a good point Kevin. I definitely love the tug but I guess I'm a little picky about what's on the other end of the line. Then again, when I have fished for carp before I had a great time...

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  3. David,
    Like yourself, I'm a multi-species angler. If it has fins and swims I'd be willing to cast a fly to it. I'm more of a warmwater fly fisher by virtue of geography, but I do love trout fishing as well. I've never caught a carp on the fly, but I've never really given it much effort. Most of my encounters with carp have been accidental... one randomly shows up at my feet on the Smallmouth or trout stream. I've never found a good "crap flat," and I've had some conversations with dedicated carp fly guys that have led me to believe that's a pretty important element for consistent fly carping. I'm determined to land one this year on the fly and I think I have my spot located.
    It's interesting you make the connection between carp and Redfish, because I've heard them compared to Bonefish more often than Reds. I've heard carp called "the poor man's Bonefish." Redfish actually have a very close freshwater counterpart in the form of their only freshwater relative- the Freshwater Drum... aka "Redneck Redfish." Although I have never gotten the opportunity to chase Redish, I have tried to catch a drum on the fly in a clear water river here in AL. I've caught plenty of drum in dirty MS spillways on live bait and lures, but never on a fly. I think at the right time of year in the right place Freshwater Drum can be pretty easy targets, but I haven't been so lucky yet.
    All that being said, I've gathered that carp are worthy and challenging targets for the fly fisher. I know when I land my first I'll feel like I've accomplished something based on their reputation for difficulty.

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    1. Umm... make that "carp flat"... sorry for that typo.

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    2. Jay, its interesting that you mention freshwater drum. I have caught those as well mostly by accident, and can't say that I enjoyed it that much. They are heavy out in the current but once you get them in slack water they don't have much fight, at least in my experience. I caught them accidentally below Chickamauga dam in Chattanooga a few times. They definitely do look awfully similar to redfish though...if you want to catch them on the fly, Chickamauga (or probably any TN river tailwater below there) is a great option especially when shad are coming through the dam...

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