Most off days lately have resulted in some great exploration. The Cumberland Plateau area is blessed with more great water than one could reasonably expect to fish in a lifetime although that isn't keeping me from trying. The local smallmouth are eager to hit surface bugs which is probably part of the draw.
Here are a couple from last week.
The stream has a fairly decent flow for this time of year although we could still use a little rain. One of the things I'm noticing more and more as I look for good shots with the camera is that fall is on its way. Yes, I know some of you don't want to hear about that yet. Seriously though, there are colorful leaves everywhere I look. Fall is coming soon!
FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 4/23/2017
SPECIAL UPDATE: HIGH WATER EVERYWHERE!
The next couple of days will be tough just about anywhere you go. High water is the rule and heavy runoff has muddied lakes as well. Best to stay home and tie flies for at least the next day or two. Once the stream levels settle down, fishing in the Smokies should be good.
The fishing has been great lately! This spring has been phenomenal in the Smokies. Long hatches have produced dry fly fishing lasting for hours every day. The Caney Fork has been producing some great fish on high and low water.
In the Smokies, we have a high water day. That should soon give way to good flows and hatches as well. Evening hatches should really be going strong now at good flows. It is the time of year for yellow, cream and tan.
Unfortunately Center Hill Lake is filling rapidly and the USACE will be running a lot of water for a while to drop the lake back down. If you are interested in streamer floats, those will be able to happen into May this year. This is as good a time and method for getting into big fish as any. Once the lake level drops and flows go down, the fishing should be excellent on low water. We had some unreal trips on low water before all of this rain happened.
The musky and smallmouth bass rivers are totally blown out. If you are wanting to get in on this fishing, contact me about a float in May. Once conditions settle down, the fishing will be very good.