Last weekend I hiked in to Brainard Lake with friends. The main goal of the trip was just to relax and enjoy some time outside but of course I brought along the camera. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that South St. Vrain Creek was flowing and while the banks were still mostly buried in snow, the stream was definitely fishable. It won't be long now before runoff really gets started but currently there is a good window to fish the local creeks. I'm wondering if the fish up high might be hungry after a winter locked under the ice. Then again, I'm not sure I want to lug gear through the snow drifts to find out when more accessible water is fishing so well...
UPDATE: 5/13/2016 Smokies Fly Fishing Report -- Current Hatches: Blue-winged Olives, Sulfurs, Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, Little Yellow Stoneflies, Giant Black Stoneflies, Golden Stoneflies, Tan Caddis, inch worms, and ants. Fishing is very good now in the Smokies. Hatches are quite diverse depending on which streams you are fishing and what elevation you are at. It is still spring up on the high brook trout streams but almost summer down low. Both dry flies and nymphs are catching a lot of fish now. If you need to learn how to fish these streams, a guided trip with me can help you accomplish that!
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork is fishing excellent right now. Good for both numbers and a chance at some larger fish. Flows allow for both float or wade trips. Contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Clinch River Fishing Report: Fishing is anywhere from good to slow depending on the day and your casting ability. Long casts, long drifts, small flies. Watch for sulfurs and be prepared with nymph, emerger, and dun imitations if the fish are noticing them. When there aren't a lot of bugs on the water, stick with small nymph, emerger, and midge patterns and you should catch some nice trout.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Flows are good and water temperatures are warming. Smallmouth are coming on strong now and wade fishing the creeks and streams for smallmouth and various sunfish will only get better from here on out. Caught some quality fish yesterday both on streamers and on topwater bugs.