Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 04/19/2019

Easter Weekend Update: The Smokies have been pounded with rain today and will feature high water through the holiday weekend. If you must get out and fish, wait until late in the weekend and be very cautious. Fish the edges and stay safe!

Otherwise...our early hatches are giving way to lighter colored bugs now. Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, Blue-winged Olives, March Browns, and Hendricksons have all been on the water at times. The huge Black Stoneflies are around now as well and providing some big bites for hungry trout. Sulfurs should be starting fairly soon, especially with all of the nice weather we are having. Little Yellow Stoneflies are just starting to show up now as well and will get much stronger as May approaches. The yearly pinnacle of spring dry fly fishing is quickly approaching!

Tailwaters are starting to fish well. The Caney Fork is still blowing a LOT of water. That should change fairly soon if we don't get too much rain. I'm thinking we might start seeing some opportunities in early May if things hold steady, maybe sooner. The Clinch has been fishing extremely well. Big hard fighting rainbow and brown trout are the target here on light tippets and tiny flies. Bring your A game or go home disappointed. Sulfurs should start to really take off shortly along with more caddis than we have already been seeing. On Tuesday's float, fish were taking a variety of bugs including midges, caddis, and the odd sulfur.

Warm water options are really taking off as well. That is assuming that flows cooperate. Big rain events will shut this down for a few days, but otherwise, everything is fishing very well right now!

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Musky Time

Around here in Tennessee, some of us fly flingers have taken to fishing for musky on occasion in the colder months.  When the weather is warm, it is hard to pry ourselves away from the trout and smallmouth fishing.  However, as soon as it gets cold enough to have the freestone trout lethargic, we gravitate towards either chasing trout in tailwaters or trying some new stuff.  Well, it is about time to start trying some of that new stuff for this year.

I've tied a few monstrosities that I hope will look delicious to a musky.  There are a lot of patterns out there that people have invented just for these critters, some of which are so giant that I think my arm would fall off if I had to toss it all day.  Still, when you see a huge shadow materialize behind the fly, it is hard to not think that you need some larger flies.

Normally I throw stuff that would be small to medium sized compared to what a lot of musky guys are throwing.  My most recent ties are a little larger than some stuff I normally tie but still nowhere close to being as large as what a lot of people like to throw.  I'm just hoping to see some fish.  Catching them will be a bonus on this first trip of the year but before winter is too far gone, I hope to find some monsters!


10 comments:

  1. Good luck to you sir, and remember how often muskies are accidentally caught on bass sized flies or lures. Hey, my father tells me he caught one on a five weight and a size 10 mickey fin once in PA. Those flies look to be every bit big enough.

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    1. I'm always surprised at what these musky will eat. I've caught them on Stealth Bombers fished on sinking lines. You just never know...

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  2. Beautiful flies David. How exciting that would be to catch a musky on the fly.

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    1. Howard, I always wanted to fish for Tiger Musky when I was in Colorado but never got around to it. Maybe you should investigate!

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  3. Spent hours this summer up north chucking big ones like that on my 10 weight, a work our for sure. Best of luck to you and nice ties. Musky have to be my favorite fish.

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    1. Atlas, you have chosen a fierce but finicky predator for your favorite quarry. They are not my favorite but are running a very close second...

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  4. Good thing you are a lot younger than Howard or I. I think we would need to be put on the "I.R." list after flinging them big guys and brawlin' with a Musky.

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    1. Mel, it takes a few Ibuprofen at the end of the day to loosen everything back up. I think I'll have to join a gym and do strength training if I'm going to chase these guys too often...

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  5. Hope you find those monsters, as well! Those are some good looking flies. Good luck to you!

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