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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

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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