Guided Trips

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

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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