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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

Monday, May 13, 2013

Runoff

Here it comes! Get ready for all that frozen water to come down the hills over the next few weeks.  With highs over the plains ranging from the mid 70s to the mid to upper 80s, spring is finally here, and I'm not so sure that summer isn't lurking just around the corner.  Winter stayed around long enough that spring may be fairly short with a quick transition to summer.  Then again, this heat wave may be short lived and we may see more cool wet weather.  I'm hoping for that option of course.  Even the tailwaters will be pushing a bit more water than usual.  Still waters will be a great option over the next few weeks as will tailwaters.  Streamers and big nymphs will work on the freestone streams when they aren't too muddy or blown out completely.


7 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:42 PM

    David, like you, I am anticipating more water for this years fishing than last. Hope to have some fishing stories to swap with you. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mel, its looking like a good year!

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  2. I think everyone has more water this year. Our local river is 3times its normal height. This might be the first time in years the stripers make it up to Raleigh.

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    1. Kevin, isn't it crazy how this year is so different from last year? By this time last year we were in the 90s in TN and it was drying out...

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    2. It has been really weird. Just two weeks ago I was fishing the Roanoke and wearing a fleece jacket and a buff to block the wind. It was really cold. A year earlier I was in shorts and a t-shirt.

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  3. Now that you're past all that snow it should be a good spring and summer. Out Nor Cal way, dry as a bone already.

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    1. Mark, I hope you guys make it through the summer without too many problems. I think we got enough moisture that fires won't be as bad as last year around here but time will tell...

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