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!
FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 5/22/2017
Fishing is good to excellent across the area. The Caney Fork River continues to shine on both high and low water. In the Smokies, strong hatches have been keeping fish looking up.
Yesterday, Blue-winged Olives hatched for hours during the light rain and drizzle. Fish were looking up but also took nymphs well. Streamers were moving some quality fish as well. The summer hatches are well under way now. Expect Golden and Little Yellow stoneflies and Isonychia (Slate Drake) mayflies. Light Cahills and Sulfurs have been around as well.
The Caney Fork River continues to fish anywhere from good to great on high water streamer floats. Anyone who wants to target trout with streamers will find this to be exciting fishing. Low water is becoming more and more likely, and if that trend continues we will see some great low water floats. The fish are hungry and we are going into some of the best fishing months on this fine tailwater.
Cumberland Plateau smallmouth streams are rounding into fine shape now. Rain will bump flows up again, but in between the fish are hungry and willing to hammer a fly! Musky floats are about over for the year unless we get more rain.