Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 04/19/2019

Easter Weekend Update: The Smokies have been pounded with rain today and will feature high water through the holiday weekend. If you must get out and fish, wait until late in the weekend and be very cautious. Fish the edges and stay safe!

Otherwise...our early hatches are giving way to lighter colored bugs now. Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, Blue-winged Olives, March Browns, and Hendricksons have all been on the water at times. The huge Black Stoneflies are around now as well and providing some big bites for hungry trout. Sulfurs should be starting fairly soon, especially with all of the nice weather we are having. Little Yellow Stoneflies are just starting to show up now as well and will get much stronger as May approaches. The yearly pinnacle of spring dry fly fishing is quickly approaching!

Tailwaters are starting to fish well. The Caney Fork is still blowing a LOT of water. That should change fairly soon if we don't get too much rain. I'm thinking we might start seeing some opportunities in early May if things hold steady, maybe sooner. The Clinch has been fishing extremely well. Big hard fighting rainbow and brown trout are the target here on light tippets and tiny flies. Bring your A game or go home disappointed. Sulfurs should start to really take off shortly along with more caddis than we have already been seeing. On Tuesday's float, fish were taking a variety of bugs including midges, caddis, and the odd sulfur.

Warm water options are really taking off as well. That is assuming that flows cooperate. Big rain events will shut this down for a few days, but otherwise, everything is fishing very well right now!

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Be Careful!

The warm weather is bringing all kinds of critters out.  I've already seen ticks and mosquitos, and just this last week I found the first snake of the year sunning on our sidewalk out front.  The very next day I saw not one, not two, but three garter snakes on a fishing trip to the local state park.  

Once the garter snakes start showing up, you can bet that the less desirables like the copperheads and rattlers are not far behind.  Be careful in places like the Smokies when you sneak up over those rocky banks.  I've seen rattlers sunning along Little River in April before so just pay attention to your surroundings and where you are walking...


8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminders. I was all set to come fishing with you, but, me and snakes crawl in different directions.

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    1. Mel, one thing I loved especially about CO was that I didn't have to worry about copperheads. Rattlers don't worry me as much since they usually start making noise. The copperheads just blend in and stay quiet until it's too late...

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  2. David
    I am no fan of snakes of any kind, thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Bill, I assume you are far enough south that you also have to worry about water moccasins. Thankfully it is too cold here for them...

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  3. With the weather hitting the mid-80's this week, it's about time. Just for the record, I hate snakes.

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    1. Mark, I'm not exactly a big fan of 'em either...

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  4. I thought this same thing walking the banks on Friday. The weather was in the 80's and turtles were sunning themselves all over. With all the dead leaves it would be nearly impossible to spot a copperhead unless it was moving. I paid way more attention to the sides of the trail than I normally would.

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    1. You are a wise man! I've stepped over/around so many copperheads that I didn't see until I was way too close that I STARE at the ground ahead of me in the warm months. Too bad as I'm sure the scenery is probably nice on occasion...

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