Guided Trips

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

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Story Time

Today's entertainment is over on the fishing report at Trout Zone Anglers.  I got to rambling about trips to Yellowstone in warm weather.  Enjoy the story and the pictures of the big brown trout!


6 comments:

  1. David, that was very enjoyable, thanks!

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  2. david! Beautiful!
    I was talking to someone at my job and they are trying fly fishing for the first time here in texas- but in the late spring early summer time they are headed to southern colorado. Any suggestions for them?

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    1. That area is probably my favorite in Colorado. I love the San Juans and up to the area around Gunnison. That time of year could be tough because of runoff. If they are close to Gunnison, the Taylor River tailwater section would probably be worth hitting. The flows should be up and spread the big fish out. However, that section can be tough with picky fish. If they are willing to hire a guide it would definitely be a great experience for them. Otherwise, it will all be dependent on runoff. Some of my favorite streams were affected by fires last summer around the Wolf Creek pass area and upper Rio Grande Valley so I can't recommend that area. The Arkansas could be fishing well and the Salmonflies will be on in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. If they want to pay someone to row them down the river, that would be the trip of a lifetime if they hit it right. Finally, not sure how far south they will be but if they are up near the South Platte in Elevenmile Canyon it should be fishing very well that time of year...

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    2. thank you!! I will pass it on…
      Also-- I AM SO MUCH CLOSER TO COLORADO NOW!!
      haha! Maybe I will be hitting up some of your favorites soon!!

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    3. You (or the person you were talking to) are welcome to shoot me an email if you have any questions about specific streams or areas. I love fishing Colorado and can at least steer you in the right direction.

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