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FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/01/2017

Happy New Years!!! Fishing is going to be tough for a few days. The cold snap has everything icing over except for the tailwaters. If you must fish, stay safe and be prepared for the possibility of getting wet. The streams of the Smokies are almost pointless to fish right now. That said, the forecast suggests there may be some opportunity to fish in the mountains and find a little success starting next Sunday. Temperatures above freezing are what we are looking for here. Not good odds, mind you, but certainly better than being in the deep freeze.

Tailwaters are a bit more reliable through the winter months. Streamer action should be anywhere from average to good depending on the day. On low water on rivers such as the Clinch, throw midges and you should find some fish. The Caney is still quite a ways away from seeing low water so it will be a streamer game almost exclusively.

Photo of the Month: Smoky Mountains Winter Brown Trout

Photo of the Month: Smoky Mountains Winter Brown Trout
©2017 Leah Shulley

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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