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

Monday, October 21, 2013

First Salmon

Yes, you read that correctly.  I found my first salmon right here in Colorado.  For those that don't know, we have Kokanee here in Colorado (landlocked and smaller version of Sockeye apparently).  I found those along with a lot of very nice trout in my journeys this past weekend.  I'll have many more details coming soon once I get some time.  Here is a closeup of the salmon until then.


18 comments:

  1. Fantastic! Beautiful looking fish. congrats!!!

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  2. If it has to be a first, it might as well be a dandy and it is.

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    1. Thanks Mark! I was pretty happy with that fish...

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  3. Impressive, David! Look forward to the rest of the story when you get a minute.

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    1. Thanks Mel. Slowly making some progress on the rest of the story finally.

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  4. David
    Congrats---looking forward to the rest of the story!! thanks for sharing

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  5. Sweet man! I have read about the kokanee salmon in CO many times, glad you got out and found one. Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Travis! Next time you are out this way this time of year I'll tell you were to go...

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  6. David, save them they're wonderful smoked!!

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    1. Howard, it's funny but I actually thought about bringing some back to give to people. I don't eat salmon but know a lot of people who would have enjoyed it...perhaps I should add you to that list for when I do.

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  7. I saw some kokes the other day. That's a good one. Look for browns when they get in the river!

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    1. Thanks! The browns are just starting to filter in it seems.

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  8. Gorgeous fish! Congrats buddy....

    Spencer
    www.featherandfinblog.com

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