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, May 25, 2014

Where Are You Fishing?

Fishing around middle and east Tennessee continues to be phenomenal.  The Smokies are really fishing well and the tailwaters are doing great also.  The Caney is fishing about as consistently as you can ever see.  However, I'm not fishing this weekend.  Yes, you read that correctly.  While everyone else is out enjoying the long weekend, I'm not getting out to fish.

That is because I hate crowds.  Fortunately, all of the reports I'm getting from people still indicate great fishing so I guess no one is suffering out there.

So, my question is "where are you fishing this weekend?" Since I'm not fishing I need some good fishing stories.  Help me out!

8 comments:

  1. Great fishing on the White River and North Fork river near Norfork, Arkansas this weekend - some crowds but not overhwhelimg - river levels are perfect not too hot yet! And this from a Colorado fly fisher visiting friends inArkansas.

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    1. I have yet to fish out in Arkansas but really need to do it one of these days and am hoping to make it back out to Colorado this summer or fall. Its looking like a good water year!

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  2. Coreb62 forgot to tell you that a lot of Colorado water (at least that I'm interested in) are in runoff or close to it. And I hate crowds also.

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    1. Howard, based on some of the pictures I've seen, it looks like you should be hitting the warm water stuff now.

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  3. Doing the smart thing, staying home.

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    1. It seems that everyone who knows much of anything is doing the same. Hope you are able to get out now that the crowds are hopefully all back home...

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  4. David
    I am doing the same thing as you staying home. I will be back on the water by the middle of week. Since I retired I never fish anymore on weekends. Tuesday and Thursday are my fishing days.

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    1. Bill, hope you are doing well on your bluegill quest. I had a couple of friends catching some big ones this evening...

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