The one good thing about being a fishing guide is that you naturally go through a lot more gear than the average person. Between gear for clients and your own fishing gear, it takes quite a lot of stuff to keep pestering all those fish. Today I was happy to see a package containing probably 30 or so leaders as well as both monofilament and fluorocarbon tippet and some more fly boxes. You can never have too many fly boxes. It was actually kind of nice to be ordering tippet in the 100 m spools for a change instead of my usual 30 m.
Also on the way is a new pair of waders. I go through waders way too fast. My last pair enjoyed a trip through a briar patch that led to some intensive patch work. Now the leaks are just too constant to keep patching. This time around I'm going to try the new Orvis Silver Sonic Guide waders. I've been a big fan of Simms although my last pair of waders were Chotas which were SUPER comfortable. I haven't bought Orvis waders since my very first pair ever so it must be time to give them a shot again. I'll try to get a review up of them here on my blog once I've had a chance to try them out a bit.
If someone is wanting to send me some more early Christmas, a drift boat is also on the wish list...
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.