Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 02/18/2020

High flows continue to be problematic. Tailwaters will mostly be too high to fish until well into March at the earliest and probably more like April. If you have a boat, trips might be possible by mid to late March on high water with streamers and deep nymphing rigs.

For the Smokies, high flows continue although they have dropped to borderline fishable for at least the last couple of days. Bugs are starting to show up. Yesterday we saw lots of midges, quill gordon and blue quill mayflies, little black caddis and brown and black stoneflies. Dreary days should also produce some blue winged olives. Fish are eating well. If you pick your spots, there are plenty of fish to be caught.

The musky streams have been very high, but as flows come down the fishing should pick back up.

Photo of the Month: Winter Toad

Photo of the Month: Winter Toad

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall High Water

Historically, fall is the driest season here in middle and east Tennessee.  In fact, October is the driest month climatologically speaking.  More often than not, however, we usually see at least one good high water event in the fall season.  The worst ones are when it blows out the spawn up in the Smokies.  The wild brown and brook trout need all the help they can get, and a serious high water event can practically wipe out an entire age class.

This year we got lucky.  I'm sure my clients who had trips cancelled would be glad to argue that point, but the fish will definitely be in good shape this year for the spawn.  With some areas receiving over 5 inches of rain, area creeks, streams, and rivers were really rolling by the middle of this week.  Little River peaked at over 8 feet on the Townsend gauge which is in the vicinity of flood stage.  When normal this time of year is under 2 feet, you can imagine that we are talking about a lot of water.

With all the streams blown out and unfishable, I decided that a drive up to Clear Creek would be a great idea.  The chance to see both the fall colors and the high water was just too tempting.  Sure enough, the river was higher than I have ever seen it, although to be fair I don't normally drive up there to look at high water.  Still, the normally tranquil stream was up in the trees and generally looking quite dangerous.  The colors were nice as well.  We are very close to peak colors here in the Cumberland Plateau and should see the best of fall during the next 2 weeks.  Some spots have already reached their peak but there are still plenty of colorful trees to enjoy.



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