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

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Way Behind

I'm behind in a lot of important things I need to get done such as blogging.  I have a few fishing reports, lots of shots of the fall colors, and even some pictures of the early season snow we have started to get out here.  I'll slowly get caught up but until then, here's a shot I took last week.  Several pictures were taken and each has its own merits, but this one is interesting because my reflection shows up in each little water droplet.


In addition, I'm always a big fan of different perspectives.  The "looking straight down" shot is pretty easy.  Getting this next one took a couple more tries as I had to hold and aim the camera close to the ground without getting a good look through the viewfinder.  The texture of the leaf is being refracted through the drop leaving the drop with the some textured appearance as the leaf.  


I'll be sharing a lot more pictures and stories soon.  In the meantime, I'm off to catch up on more important things like grading...ah the life of a teacher.  

10 comments:

  1. David
    I am still in the learning to take pictures like those. Both images are exceptional and not as easy as it looks to capture that type image. What type camera are you using? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill. I shoot a Canon T2i DSLR but am also fortunate to have a steady hand. A tripod helps as well...

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  2. If I see this correctly, your reflection is in a couple of the drops in the top picture. Adds something, don't you think.

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    1. Yep, you are seeing correctly. In fact, the reflection is in every water drop, but most of them are too small to see without the original hi-res version. I thought it was pretty cool...

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  3. Dave, amazing pics! Life always has a way of getting in the way of the things we want to do. Nice post and look forward to your future posts.

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    1. Thanks! It's amazing how things can get in the way of perfectly good fishing...

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  4. Great photos David! Yes, sometimes life gets in the way. By the way, I ordered some flies from Fishingflybox. The flies were great and you certainly can't beat the price.

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    1. Howard, thanks for stopping by! That's an interesting website for flies with really good prices. I tie 99.9% of my own flies but if I'm ever in a crunch to get flies I'll definitely be using them!

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