Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/22/2020

High flows continue across the area but trends are definitely down. A recent cold snap broke the ongoing heatwave so fishing in the mountains has slowed dramatically. Right on schedule, some of our tailwaters should begin returning to more normal flows for this time of year meaning float trips are certainly possible.

For the Smokies, a warming trend should commence as we go into next week. By mid week the fishing should be decent before the next cold front returns us back to winter again. On warmer days, look for midges and possibly winter stoneflies hatching. Some blue-winged olives will be possible on foul weather days as we head towards February. The best fishing is still a few weeks out, but no longer feels like an eternity. Expect good spring hatches to start in late February or early March with blue quills and quill gordons along with little black caddis and early brown and black stones. By April, things will be settling down with the pinnacle of spring fishing usually happening from mid April through the month of May.

On our area tailwaters, high water continues to be the story. The Caney Fork still has at least a couple of weeks of high flows and that is assuming we don't get any more heavy rainfall. This time of year, that is asking a lot. The high water is good for one thing, however. Shad. Yes, the cold months are prime time to try and hit the famed shad kill and catch a monster brown trout. Same thing goes for the Clinch.

Speaking of the Clinch, the good news is that flows are scheduled to begin dropping tomorrow. A steady two generators will feel like low water after the recent period of two generators plus sluicing. Two generators opens up some nymphing possibilities in addition to our favorite winter pastime, stripping streamers for monsters.

The musky streams are settling into fine shape and will be an option moving forward as well. Remember that bouts of high water will get them stained or even muddy for a few days, but as flows come down the fishing should pick back up.

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Years

Happy New Years to everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic 2015 and make this your best fly fishing year ever.  My plan is to fish and travel more this year than ever before. What plans do you have?

4 comments:

  1. I plan to target nocturnal browns as much as possible. I've got the boat rigged for it and places in mind. Now time to build up mouse collection!

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    1. Good luck Bryan! Add some sculpin patterns with big deer hair heads that push water. I've done great at night on patterns like a Madonna with a oversized head. The fish are often hunting on shallower flats adjacent to the deep water... Good luck! I'll look forward to reading about your adventures hopefully!

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  2. I plan on continuing my quest to get you back to Colorado for a bit of creek fishing.

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  3. Thanks David. Sculpin are definitely on the list! I'm looking forward to hunting flats and weed lines. I've got one river where you are just as likely to be hit by a northern pike as you are a big brown - double the fun.
    This didn't happen at night, but my fondest memory of a sculpin in action was on the Tuckaseegee above Dilsboro. I'd located some big fish while swinging plugs on an earlier trip. Went back with my heaviest fly rod and biggest sculpin. While stripping it across a prime spot I saw a torpedo of two-foot plus proportions come out to intercept it. There was no fight. The leader broke in the hookset.

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