Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/08/2020

Unusually warm and wet conditions continue to prevail here in middle and east Tennessee. This upcoming weekend is looking like more rain and possibly even severe weather. The wind forecast is bad enough that I wouldn't bother going fishing until Sunday at the earliest unless you can go tomorrow.

In the Smokies, nymphing will be the name of the game, but don't be surprised to see some blue-winged olives from time to time. With all the high water, think streamers, big stoneflies, or worm imitations.

Tailwaters like the Caney Fork and Clinch are still rolling with a lot of water. Both rivers are over 10,000 cfs. While this is still fishable, I don't really recommend it. Flows this high are generally all about swinging for the fences if you feel like hunting a trophy. Many days it won't happen. Once in a while it will. Throw big streamers, hope for a shad kill, and get out there. Those big fish won't get caught if you're sitting home on the couch.

The Caney will produce decent fishing if we ever get flows back down at least a little. One generator would be ideal. Right now I'll even take two. Minimum flow looks a long ways off right now.

On the Clinch, you can throw streamers and also possible nymph up a few fish. If you pick your spots, there are places to nymph even on 12,000 cfs. Let's hope it gets back down to two generators or less soon. Every time we get a big rain event, look for some low water for a day or two or three. TVA will hold water back at tributary dams like Norris to reduce downstream high water effects. This gives those of us who like to wade a day or two to fish.

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: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Clue

Here is a clue as to where we fished yesterday.  Any guesses as to where this is at?  Be specific!!!  I will send 6 of yesterday's hot fly to the first person to correctly identify the exact location.  Guess away!!!


14 comments:

  1. Abrams Creek, GSMNP

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  2. Not fair. Having never been to North Carolina or Tennessee how would one know it was GSMNP??

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    1. Mark, a good point so I guess I'll recommend you visit the Smokies! In all seriousness though, stay tuned for more. This particular contest is admittedly geared towards my southeast US friends, but I'll have some more contests coming over the next few months that will be suitable for everyone who wants to participate...

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  3. I don't know which stream that is but I heard the theme to Deliverance while I was reading this. I'm just going to back away slowly.

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  4. Cataloochee Creek GSMNP

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  5. All good guesses thus far but none are correct. Also, I'm hoping for a correct answer that is a bit more specific than just a stream name...

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  6. Little river above Huskey Gap.

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    1. Hans, you are getting warm. Can you be any more specific?

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  7. I know I have fished there, and I believe I have it narrowed down to one of two locations. I am going to sort thru some old pics and see if I can find it... I will post again soon.

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    1. Travis, you are getting close I'm sure let's hear what you think...

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  8. The way the creek is curving doesn't match up, It's either the bridge crossing Fish Camp Prong at the Goshen Prong trailhead or it's on the mainstream up towards camp site 24. I am leaning towards Goshen Prong trailhead though.

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    1. Hans, your second guess is the correct one. I'm going to give this contest to you based off of your original guess because it was pretty close. It is the bridge immediately below #24 looking downstream while standing in the creek. Shoot me an email with your address, and I'll get the flies out to you sometime next week. I'm on the road now so it won't be before then...

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  9. Thanks for the flies, they came in a while ago. Very nice indeed!

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    1. Glad the flies arrived Hans! I hope they are as kind to you as they have been for me...

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