Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 11/7/2019

Fall fishing is in full swing. The Clinch River has been fishing great if you want to hit a tailwater. The Smokies are fishing well most days but that could change soon. Forecast low temperatures by the middle of next week are in the mid teens!

The Smokies are up and down based on rain and cold fronts. When its on this can be some of the best fishing of the year. Fish will feed heavily as we approach the lean cold months of winter. Orange Elk Hair Caddis are catching fish as well as Pheasant Tail nymphs, Prince Nymphs, and some other things like caddis pupa patterns. Don't forget to have your Blue-winged Olive patterns this time of year.

On tailwaters like the Clinch, brown trout and some fall spawn rainbows are doing their thing. This is a good time to review good ethics when it comes to spawning trout. Remember that these are the next generation of trout and the best thing you can do is to leave them alone. Avoid wading through spawning areas and don't fish for obvious spawners.

The Caney is still not fishing well. This should change soon as we generally start to see some opportunity for streamer fishing in December and continuing through the winter. Next spring should bring good fishing again.

Photo of the Month: Fiery Flanks and Fins

Photo of the Month: Fiery Flanks and Fins

Monday, January 05, 2015

Clear and Cold Brings Us Closer to a Shad Kill

Here on the Cumberland Plateau, the recent storm system has moved out leaving us experiencing clear skies and cold temperatures.  Hope for a shad kill is on the upswing with the cold snap dropping temperatures in area reservoirs.

Each year we experience at least a small scale shad kill but in the best years it can bring the largest trout in the river out to feed.  By Thursday, we are expecting lows down near zero so it won't take a whole lot of time at these temperatures to bring down water temperatures in the lakes.  If we continue to have cold weather, I could see the shad kill here as early as the first of February although in some years it holds off until early March.  Once it starts, no one knows how long it will last.


In between tying flies and doing some writing, I've been able to get out and take some pictures.  The picture above shows how bright the sun is this time of year under mostly clear skies.  That cold blue color reminds me that the coldest temperatures are yet to come.  Here's to hoping for a really cold next month or so.  Then you'll know where to find me: floating down the river tossing white streamers...

6 comments:

  1. Hmm... sounds like an interesting "hatch". Must be some big browns eating those.

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    1. Some of the biggest fish in the river will come out to play if that hatch comes off!

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  2. David
    Beautiful image, any strips eating those shad this time of the year? Glad to be back with you guys after a while of not blogging

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    1. Bill, it is really good to see you back! I hope things are going well for you and your family.

      As far as striper, I have not seen them on the Caney this time of year. Usually once it gets really cold they head back down to the Cumberland. Now, on the Tennessee River below Watts Bar and Chickamauga it is another story. Definitely some striped bass that are probably looking for shad on those tailwaters...

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  3. David, do you have a favorite "White Streamer" that you use? Maybe you covered this in a previous post, but, I must have missed it............................

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    1. Mel, that is a great question that I will probably address a lot more in depth soon. Here is one pattern that I wrote about some time ago that I designed specifically to match our shad "hatches" here on the tailwaters of the southeast. The PB&J

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