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

Monday, April 29, 2013

When You Get Lemons...

We all know the ridiculously overused finished to the above or something similar at least.  However, while visiting California this past weekend, I found something much better to do.  My great Aunt and Uncle have lots of fruit trees including oranges and lemons!  I discovered that guacamole is much better using fresh avocados straight off the tree and fresh squeezed lemon juice from lemons straight off the tree.  Amazing is all I can say!


While out there, I did find a somewhat hidden pond nearby as well as a stream that supposedly has some salmon runs.  If I return with more time on my hands I'll have to take a rod along and do some exploring.

Back home now, I'm ready to start fishing.  I may not get a good chance until closer to the weekend.  The weather guys are suggesting that more snow may be on the way.  Runoff will become a bigger problem very soon but I'll still find some fishable water close by I'm sure...

A road trip may be required soon.  My buddy Juan over at the Hopper Juan is reminding everyone that it is caddis time down on the Arkansas.  That is an event I have yet to experience so this might be the year I head that way...

I'm thinking more and more about the Salmonflies over on the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers so my post-school travels will likely take me to the West Slope.  Yep, the summer lies just ahead and things are looking up!!!


6 comments:

  1. Citrus almost as good a Florida, but avacados, Wow. We got them. Were you anywhere close when you were out here?

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    1. Mark, I was down in Sacramento. Hope to make it out that way again sometime to see family but with a bit more time to spare. For all the times I have been in CA, I still haven't fished there...

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  2. Hey David nice to hear you got away from the hustle and bustle of fly fishing. Let's go carp fishing!

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    1. Howard, I'm down for some carp fishing! Hope you have some good spots scoped out because I don't even know where to start. I'm also thinking about tiger musky soon...ever chased those?

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  3. Tiger Muskie sound like a lot fun. Such a Beautiful fish. What's up with all the late season snow!?!..90+ and roasting on the water out here for some time now. Our climate and weather patterns are changing. Last year we had Dorado, YT and other exotics as for north as my fishing grounds in North/Cen California and it wasn't an El Nino year. Boats in the shop and i'm stuck on land for another week.

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    1. David, the weather has me puzzled too. When I was visiting in Sacramento this past weekend I got the scoop on the low snowpack in CA this year. I don't know what is going on. Hope you get the boat going again soon. Can't wait to read about more of your adventures out chasing striper and such...

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