Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/08/2020

Unusually warm and wet conditions continue to prevail here in middle and east Tennessee. This upcoming weekend is looking like more rain and possibly even severe weather. The wind forecast is bad enough that I wouldn't bother going fishing until Sunday at the earliest unless you can go tomorrow.

In the Smokies, nymphing will be the name of the game, but don't be surprised to see some blue-winged olives from time to time. With all the high water, think streamers, big stoneflies, or worm imitations.

Tailwaters like the Caney Fork and Clinch are still rolling with a lot of water. Both rivers are over 10,000 cfs. While this is still fishable, I don't really recommend it. Flows this high are generally all about swinging for the fences if you feel like hunting a trophy. Many days it won't happen. Once in a while it will. Throw big streamers, hope for a shad kill, and get out there. Those big fish won't get caught if you're sitting home on the couch.

The Caney will produce decent fishing if we ever get flows back down at least a little. One generator would be ideal. Right now I'll even take two. Minimum flow looks a long ways off right now.

On the Clinch, you can throw streamers and also possible nymph up a few fish. If you pick your spots, there are places to nymph even on 12,000 cfs. Let's hope it gets back down to two generators or less soon. Every time we get a big rain event, look for some low water for a day or two or three. TVA will hold water back at tributary dams like Norris to reduce downstream high water effects. This gives those of us who like to wade a day or two to fish.

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: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Monday, November 11, 2013

Not Much Color

I'm looking out my window and noticing that it looks suspiciously like winter outside.  The leaves are pretty much gone and the grass is dead.  There's just not much color left other than the crisp blue sky.  Yesterday, in an hour or so on Boulder Creek, I noticed that the fish have moved into winter mode for the most part.  That doesn't mean that aren't eating, just that the water is super clear and low and the fish are accordingly spooky.  Oh, and the water is cold...

Looking back over pictures from the last couple of months reminds me of the great fall season I enjoyed.  Perhaps the most epic trip I did this fall was a 2 day grand tour of Colorado with my parents when they visited in early October.  The huge loop took in Independence and Kebbler passes, Aspen, Gunnison, and many other towns in between.  Of course there really wasn't any fishing on a trip like this but the scenery more than made up for the lack of fishing.  Naturally, family time meant a lot also so that in the end I didn't even miss the fishing.

I'll share some more pictures over the next few days but here are a couple to get things started.



13 comments:

  1. Cool photos, the orange looks like fire!

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    1. I thought so too and was surprised at how much orange I saw up in the mountains.

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  2. Now that's a gorgeous brown! Amazing fish.

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  3. David
    Some nice work with the camera---have you thought about a dry mount for that monster brown you landed some weeks ago?

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    1. Bill, I'll probably never get a mount of a fish, replica or otherwise, unless I happen into a lot of money. While it would be cool to get a reproduction done, the cost is just not worth it to me.

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  4. Those colors are amazing. I haven't seen that much orange before.

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    1. Howard, all the orange kept throwing me for a loop. I'm used to the golden colors with aspen but we saw a lot of orange and even some reds up there.

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  5. I am really impressed with all the wonderful fall colors this year in Colorado. Where did that second picture come from? I just been setting here fixated on that picture

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    1. Mel, that was Tagerts Lake near Aspen shot from highway 82.

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    2. Thanks for the feedback, David. It is really a pretty picture.
      BTW, if I promise not to change my blog name for the rest of my life, could I talk you into getting my new blog link put up on your blog roll and deleting the old ones?

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    3. Mel, you got it.

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  6. Anonymous4:45 PM

    The beautiful pictures reminded me of my favorite time of the year to go into the mountains. When I am in the mountains during the fall I do not just see colorful trees and dead grass. Looking at the different shades of green and yellow, I become lost in my own thoughts. For a split second I find peace and comfort. For a moment all the difficulties I am facing in life disappear. Thank you for sharing these pictures! I was reminded of the peace I rarely am able to find.
    -Amber

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