Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/22/2020

High flows continue across the area but trends are definitely down. A recent cold snap broke the ongoing heatwave so fishing in the mountains has slowed dramatically. Right on schedule, some of our tailwaters should begin returning to more normal flows for this time of year meaning float trips are certainly possible.

For the Smokies, a warming trend should commence as we go into next week. By mid week the fishing should be decent before the next cold front returns us back to winter again. On warmer days, look for midges and possibly winter stoneflies hatching. Some blue-winged olives will be possible on foul weather days as we head towards February. The best fishing is still a few weeks out, but no longer feels like an eternity. Expect good spring hatches to start in late February or early March with blue quills and quill gordons along with little black caddis and early brown and black stones. By April, things will be settling down with the pinnacle of spring fishing usually happening from mid April through the month of May.

On our area tailwaters, high water continues to be the story. The Caney Fork still has at least a couple of weeks of high flows and that is assuming we don't get any more heavy rainfall. This time of year, that is asking a lot. The high water is good for one thing, however. Shad. Yes, the cold months are prime time to try and hit the famed shad kill and catch a monster brown trout. Same thing goes for the Clinch.

Speaking of the Clinch, the good news is that flows are scheduled to begin dropping tomorrow. A steady two generators will feel like low water after the recent period of two generators plus sluicing. Two generators opens up some nymphing possibilities in addition to our favorite winter pastime, stripping streamers for monsters.

The musky streams are settling into fine shape and will be an option moving forward as well. Remember that bouts of high water will get them stained or even muddy for a few days, but as flows come down the fishing should pick back up.

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

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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