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

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fishing to Refocus???

While perusing the World Wide Web this morning, I came across this news story about the Indiana Pacers' Paul George.  Apparently he has offended many people because he went fishing after a big loss in Game One of the 1st round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.  Sports columnists and commentators are ripping him for not being focused and suggesting that the Pacers are going to lose the series to Atlanta the way things are going.

I'll offer a different perspective.  For many years, fishing has been my way to escape and relax.  I usually return from fishing trips feeling refocused and energized.  While the majority of the non-fishing populace doesn't understand this, mostly because they've never given fishing a fair shake, those of us who do fish totally get what Paul George is up to.  In fact, I'll go out on a limb and predict a big game from him in Game 2.

Anyone else think he was just relaxing and collecting his thoughts so he could refocus or am I way off here?

14 comments:

  1. Don't know how the guy thinks, but I do agree with your thinking. Fish to refocus. Good.

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  2. Couldn't agree with you more. Fishing... especially fly fishing, is the world's greatest (and least expensive) form of therapy.

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    1. Jay, I agree with you except for the least expensive part. I could have done it cheap, but then I started tying flies...

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    2. By "least expensive" I was referring to the cost of spending an hour on the water versus an hour in a therapist's office.

      The amount of money you could spend to gear yourself up for that hour on the water is virtually unlimited. I fly fish (and tie flies) on a budget. I've been very fortunate in being given a whole bunch of tying materials, but when I do need to actually buy something I always cry a little when I see how expensive things are and how little I can actually afford.

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    3. Ah, gotcha. Yeah I have to agree with you for sure. Some of my trips literally cost maybe $1 or $1.50 as I only drive a couple of miles to a nearby pond. Cheap therapy for sure!

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  3. I have to agree as well David.

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    1. Thanks Howard. Guess I'm not crazy after all...

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  4. It is a fishing thing....if you don't do it you don't get it! Crazy people...we put so much into the persona of a person....a TEAM does not win and it is a PERSON responsible for it. Fish on!

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    1. I can't imagine being a professional athlete or movie star, etc. You're right about that persona thing and it must be tough having every commentator questioning you. I'm glad he did what he knew he needed to do...

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  5. David
    I have come to the conclusion that if one hasn’t been brought up around fishing, then most of time they will never fish or be interested in fishing. An example is my three brothers-in-laws none of which was introduced to fishing at an early age and therefore neither ever developed an interest. In fact most all my gym buddies don’t fish, why because they never experienced fishing in years past. I am so thankful my Dad carried me and all my brothers fishing when we were growing up. For me, it is the greatest therapy in the world. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, that sounds just about right. I've had a lot of people suggest similar things to me over the years. I think it is important to get kids out in nature trying out things like fishing so they have something to enjoy the rest of their life!

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  6. When I start to get irritable, cranky, impatient, and stressed, I know I'm losing myself. That is when I have to get back on the water to find my old friend, my happier self.

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    1. That sounds about like me as well! Nothing like time on the water to ease the stress of life.

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