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.
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!