Guided Trips


Things have changed a lot since the last report. Unseasonably warm weather has kicked off the first hatches of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains while an extremely wet February means all of the tailwaters are blown out across middle and east Tennessee.

If you want to fish in the Smokies, nymphs and streamers will be your best bet unless you encounter a hatch. In that case, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons should be in your arsenal as well as Blue-winged Olives.

For now, just forget about the tailwaters in the short term. continued rain means it will be at least another month before the tailwaters are fishable again. With luck, we can start thinking about some streamer float trips on the Caney Fork in mid to late March, although that may be optimistic. In the meantime, head for the mountains and enjoy chasing the wild trout there.

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Monday, January 27, 2014

Arctic Outbreak

We are returning to the deep freeze for a few more days here in Tennessee.  Cold air is now pouring into the area and will affect us through Wednesday.  By Thursday we will see the temperature reach a balmy 41 degrees, good enough to make me think about hitting the river again.

Speaking of the river, I made it down to the Caney Fork yesterday.  The catching was on the slow side.  The fish did seem to like my tiny #24 thread and Krystal Flash midge pattern.  Best of all, I made a couple of observations that should lead to a much more successful trip on Thursday.  The tying bench will be getting a good workout over the next couple of days.

In the long term, I'm contemplating another trip to the Smokies sometime in the next week or so and then I head out to Colorado for a couple of weeks.  While there, I might get a bit of fishing time in but mostly it will be time to spend with friends.

By late February, I'll be tying in earnest and hopefully the cold weather will be ready to give way to the spring hatches.  I still have to finish paperwork with the National Park Service to run guided trips in the Smokies, but as soon as that is complete I'll be booking trips for anyone looking for a guided trip in the Park.  As the weather warms, I'll be adding some options here on the Cumberland Plateau as well including remote backcountry smallmouth wade trips and possibly musky as well.  When generation schedules allow, wade trips on tailwaters will also be a possibility.

Stay tuned here for fishing updates as well as some good patterns I hope to be sharing soon!

1 comment:

  1. Oh man, I would love to see you post some stuff on Muskie! Love your trout stuff so I can only imagine the Muskie trips will be of the same caliber. I have boated three in my life and distinctly remember each one.



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