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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Burning

While I am safely here in Tennessee about to go fish the abundance of water, back home in Colorado it is another story.  Extremely dry conditions have set in and wildfires have popped up all over the middle part of the state.  One is causing some concern up in Rocky Mountain National Park while others are burning near Colorado Springs as well as the Royal Gorge.  I understand that fire is part of Nature's toolbox for maintaining healthy environments but it is still difficult to see so I'm glad that I'm away from the state right now.  Until I return I'll be hoping for an early onset of the summer monsoon season.  If past history is any indicator, we are looking at a month of prime burning conditions before wetting rains arrive.  For more information on the fires, Inciweb is a good place to start and currently even the main page of CNN is highlighting the current problems in CO.

1 comment:

  1. I understand the purpose of nature rejuvenating itself, but it sure hurts to the most beautiful places burn. Pray for rain soon.

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