Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/22/2020

High flows continue across the area but trends are definitely down. A recent cold snap broke the ongoing heatwave so fishing in the mountains has slowed dramatically. Right on schedule, some of our tailwaters should begin returning to more normal flows for this time of year meaning float trips are certainly possible.

For the Smokies, a warming trend should commence as we go into next week. By mid week the fishing should be decent before the next cold front returns us back to winter again. On warmer days, look for midges and possibly winter stoneflies hatching. Some blue-winged olives will be possible on foul weather days as we head towards February. The best fishing is still a few weeks out, but no longer feels like an eternity. Expect good spring hatches to start in late February or early March with blue quills and quill gordons along with little black caddis and early brown and black stones. By April, things will be settling down with the pinnacle of spring fishing usually happening from mid April through the month of May.

On our area tailwaters, high water continues to be the story. The Caney Fork still has at least a couple of weeks of high flows and that is assuming we don't get any more heavy rainfall. This time of year, that is asking a lot. The high water is good for one thing, however. Shad. Yes, the cold months are prime time to try and hit the famed shad kill and catch a monster brown trout. Same thing goes for the Clinch.

Speaking of the Clinch, the good news is that flows are scheduled to begin dropping tomorrow. A steady two generators will feel like low water after the recent period of two generators plus sluicing. Two generators opens up some nymphing possibilities in addition to our favorite winter pastime, stripping streamers for monsters.

The musky streams are settling into fine shape and will be an option moving forward as well. Remember that bouts of high water will get them stained or even muddy for a few days, but as flows come down the fishing should pick back up.

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sporadic

Sporadic posts will continue, and as I'm enjoying my summer break I won't apologize too much.  I'm not a very good liar so making excuses will only go so far, and quite frankly I just haven't had the time.  The next two or three weeks will contain a lot more fishing however so I should have some good material for posts.

Also, the famed Trout Mobile has finally been retired. Okay, now that I hear your collective gasps from around the globe, I'm glad we have that little news item out of the way.  Having owned it for 10 years, I was a bit sad to see it go but the time had definitely come for some new wheels.  The old car took me many places that a stock jeep would have been scared to go (almost anyway).  At least in the short term, the new ride will be treated with utmost respect, unlike the old Trout Mobile as seen below overlooking the junction between the Gunnison and the North Fork of the Gunnison...


Tomorrow, I'm taking the new Trout Seeker on its maiden fishing trip.  Details to follow...

8 comments:

  1. I'm glad I'm not the only trout bum that prefers a car.
    Good luck with your new ride.

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    1. Thanks Brk Trt!!! The car always seems a bit more economical to me although when I graduate to owning a drift boat or raft I"ll have to find a truck probably...

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  2. I wouldn't know what to do with a fishing car. Although my first one was a Firebird. Four-wheeling never did work out well.

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    1. Howard, I don't know what to do with them either, but I have discovered plenty of things NOT to do...

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  3. New car rule #1. Take it out and run it through the bushes. That way you get the crying over right at the beginning. Looking forward to a picture of the "Trout Seeker".

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    1. Mark, this is actually one of the best suggestions I've had yet...although I am still debating whether I'll actually do it...

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  4. David
    I always pictured you as a pickup guy, but nothing wrong with a car to get you to your fishing spots. Looking forward to future post

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    1. Bill, I would love to have a truck but they are just a bit too expensive for me at this point. Some day...

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