Directions are essential to fly fishing. Being able to follow even the most vague of directions can net a large reward. You know the kind. Go 3 miles past the first pullout and park in that pullout overlooking the big pool with a large boulder on the far bank. Walk upstream 300 yards and start fishing there. Of course, there are other kinds of directions as well.
Recently, while fishing with my buddy Joe, it occurred to me how important individual rocks and logs are on the stream. We were watching two large browns in a pool and trying to keep the hand gestures to a minimum so as not to spook them. See that reddish brown rock that is really flat? About halfway across and slightly upstream? Those types of directions can be confusing at first, but as you start to really see the bottom of a trout stream, those directions make more and more sense.
Just the other day I came across the ideal direction rock, one that is easy to pick out and isolated enough so as not to be confusing. What made the view even better was the more subtle direction rock also included in the picture. If you were standing with me looking at this run, I'll bet you could pick out the nice bright quartz rock. Just below it is a strip of reddish brown bedrock. Using the quartz to help locate the bedrock makes the whole process much easier. Such are the directions you might receive on a trout stream.
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.