For those who have noticed my progress towards being a fly fishing guide, I have some big news. The Commercial Use Authorization permit from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has arrived. That means that I can now accept bookings for guided fly fishing trips in the Great Smoky Mountains. If you are interested in doing a trip with me there, or perhaps even on the Caney Fork or one of the warm water streams of the Cumberland Plateau, head over to Trout Zone Anglers and take a look around. While you're at it, send me a message and let me know about your interest. Dates are already filling so if you want to get on the calendar don't wait too long.
With the cold weather again looming, I anticipate that the spring hatches will be sputtering along until March 6-10 or so when things should really bust wide open. Our best trips for overall numbers will be day trips into the Park's backcountry and those will be prime from late March through the middle of May. If you are willing to hike 2-4 miles (minimum) each way to get to your fish, you will have a shot at the day of your life. By summer, the mid and higher elevations of the Park will be fishing great. Days of throwing dry flies will be the norm at the higher elevations although dry/dropper will get us into more fish.
FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 4/23/2017
SPECIAL UPDATE: HIGH WATER EVERYWHERE!
The next couple of days will be tough just about anywhere you go. High water is the rule and heavy runoff has muddied lakes as well. Best to stay home and tie flies for at least the next day or two. Once the stream levels settle down, fishing in the Smokies should be good.
The fishing has been great lately! This spring has been phenomenal in the Smokies. Long hatches have produced dry fly fishing lasting for hours every day. The Caney Fork has been producing some great fish on high and low water.
In the Smokies, we have a high water day. That should soon give way to good flows and hatches as well. Evening hatches should really be going strong now at good flows. It is the time of year for yellow, cream and tan.
Unfortunately Center Hill Lake is filling rapidly and the USACE will be running a lot of water for a while to drop the lake back down. If you are interested in streamer floats, those will be able to happen into May this year. This is as good a time and method for getting into big fish as any. Once the lake level drops and flows go down, the fishing should be excellent on low water. We had some unreal trips on low water before all of this rain happened.
The musky and smallmouth bass rivers are totally blown out. If you are wanting to get in on this fishing, contact me about a float in May. Once conditions settle down, the fishing will be very good.