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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

Friday, January 17, 2014

Weekend Fishing Prospects

Another weekend is upon us and I'm sure there are plenty of people everywhere looking to get out and fish a bit.  The football playoffs will help limit crowds although the weather will also play a part to accomplish the same goal.  The best temperatures we expect over the next week look to happen on Monday.  With long term forecasts suggesting that highs after Monday will struggle to get above freezing, this weekend will be your best opportunity to get out and catch some trout.

In the Smokies, expect the cold weather to keep things tough but not impossible.  The larger browns and rainbows will still be looking to eat.  Most days will produce the best fishing after the sun has had a chance to nudge the water temperatures even a degree or two.  The actual temperature is not as important as the temperature's general direction.  The big browns will probably be willing to chase if you feel like tossing streamers.  Use heavy tippet and hold on.  These days will feature long hours and your reward may only be one fish.  When that fish has the chance to be over twenty inches it makes it all worth your time.

I'm hoping to be out fishing on Sunday chasing either trout or maybe even musky.  Hopefully there will be a report and pictures to follow soon!

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