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

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Winner

The winner from A Clue is Tennswede.  If you will send me an email I will send you some flies in another couple of days!  The picture was taken on Upper Little River, specifically just below campsite #24.

Stay tuned for more chances to win flies! I've been in tying mode as I prepare to assault the Colorado trout streams starting in a few days. It just so happens that I've tied extra of some of my favorite patterns so I'll have more giveaways and contests over the next couple of months.  A glorious month of fishing is ahead before I have to get serious about work again.  Of course, I'll be starting to work on planning for classes but mostly I'll be free to relax for another month.   What a tough life...

4 comments:

  1. David
    Congrats to the winner, I was making a wild guess as to where you were fishing. Your Seal Leech produced for me Saturday in the Derby when nothing else would, I am so impressed with that pattern. Thanks for tying it for me

    http://btrussell-fishingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Congratulations to the winner...

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  2. Thank you all, very nice!

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