Late night storms that rolled through just twelve hours ago have long since departed, leaving behind a beautiful late winter day. The temperatures are still not too cold but a touch of chill in the air reminds us that winter has yet to relinquish her grasp. In fact, later this week we could even see a shot at snow returning to the Cumberland Plateau and east Tennessee.
Lots of rain last night with the storms resulted in some interesting discoveries this morning. I found a stream flowing through the back yard that really shouldn't be there. And it won't be, at least not in another few hours. Wet weather springs have exploded all around our place here at the uppermost reaches of the Caney Fork River headwaters. That means that you can expect the tailwaters to continue heavy generation for another couple of weeks most likely. The tiny creek just below the house was running full. I took a short walk with the camera and came away with some nice shots. If only there were wild brook trout in the creek...
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.