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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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

When Eagles Steal Fish...

6 comments:

  1. The odds of you catching that on video must be huge. I'd play Power Ball right away.

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    1. I've heard of this happening and think it would be amazing to catch like this but as you say, the odds have to be astronomical...

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  2. Anonymous2:08 PM

    The "Spirit In The Sky" never ceases to amaze me.

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    1. Yep, birds are interesting in general but eagles are something special!

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  3. I have been having more and more eagle fly bys over hooked fish lately. I usually give the fish slack and let them dive. Once I had a rainbow jump at the wrong time and the result was like your experience. Its crazy for a few moments.

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    1. Fred, I should have been clear but this was not my own video. Pretty amazing that you have experienced this as well though. I have fished "with" eagles before though and they always show me up. One day, in the midst of a good skunking, I had an eagle carry off a 24"+ trout. Pretty impressive to watch...

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