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

Friday, April 04, 2014

Finally, Spring Crappie


Crappie fishing is one of the great simple pleasures in the life of a fisherman.  This time of year they can be found in shallow water hanging out close to brush piles and generally eating just about anything.  Usually they really turn on by the middle of March, but this year everything is running a little behind schedule.  When Tyler called the other day to ask about fishing for some crappie I figured it was time to go take a look.

When we got to the lake, the fish were noticeably absent from some of the better spots.  The water was low and clear, the previous night had been cold, and the sun was high and bright in the sky.  In situations like that, it can be best to just cover water until you find what you are looking for and that is what we chose to do.

Back in a shaded cove that has held fish in past years, we finally found what we had been looking for.   The fish were tight in to structure which made getting flies to them a bit tricky.  We finally figured out the right combination of fly and presentation though and were soon catching fish.  Tyler had a big grin on his face every time he pulled one out.


The warm water fishing will only get better over the next few weeks as things continue to warm.  With plenty of rain the past couple of days and more on the way for early next week, I'm starting to think that tailwaters may be off the to-do list for a while.  Local lakes and ponds will provide some fun action filled trips until I can get back on the Caney Fork or over to the Smokies!

12 comments:

  1. David! Nice post and sweet crappie! Thanks for sharing glad the water is warming because we are still fighting snow!!!!hahahahaha TIghtlines!

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    1. Thanks! I've been watching the weather out there in CO. I'm glad you are getting plenty of snow. It is a pain now but it is looking like a great water year for some good fishing!

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  2. David
    Crappie on the fly is one species I haven't landed yet. I'm glad you guys made a connection. Thanks for shairng

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    1. Bill, they are some of the most fun you can have on the fly rod. Hope you find some this year!

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  3. Nothing wrong with a fist full of Crappie.

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  4. You're so lucky to be getting out for spring crappie already! I think we've got a couple of weeks before I can get enough open water in my favorite spots. And yes, crappie fishing is one of the greatest pleasures.

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    1. Thanks! I'm actually surprised it has taken us this long as we normally would have pretty good crappie action about two weeks ago. This has been a strange year...

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  5. David, happen to agree with you on the pleasures of Crappie fishing. As the NoCo Nympher said in his response, the Front Range is still in cold mode, Will be awhile before some decent Crappie fishing out our way.

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    1. Mel, I hope you guys don't go crazy waiting out the last of the cold weather. As I mentioned above to NoCo Nympher, at least all this snow will translate to good fishing later this year...

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  6. All I remember about crappie fishing is that I ate like a king afterwards!

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    1. Howard, that seems to be the one thing everyone agrees on when I mention crappie fishing...

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