Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 12/4/2018

After a brief warmup and another borderline high water event, the streams of the Smokies are once again receding and getting cold. The spawn is winding down for the year so please avoid walking in/around gravel areas in the tailouts of pools and riffles. Those eggs need to survive for another generation to be born. When temperatures rise a few degrees, trout will become active and eat nymphs and streamers well. On cold days, don't expect too much although you might find a large post spawn brown trout.

The tailwaters are all flowing high and keeping us mostly limited to streamers. The Clinch might offer some high water nymphing, especially once they start to dial back the flows. Unfortunately it will be at least another couple of weeks before that happens it seems. The Caney Fork is fishing ok on high water but nothing to write home about. I floated last week and we did not do particularly well. We did find a bunch of crappie which seemed unusual at best. The good news? Water temperatures here are coming down and Center Hill Lake surface temperatures are falling rapidly as well. Shad kills should be in our future for sometime this month and of course January and February and perhaps later into the spring. This fishing is very inconsistent day to day, but when you hit it right you might have the best fishing of your life.

Musky streams are up and down with the rains. We hope to get in a few musky floats soon. As always, check back here for updates as conditions change.

Photo of the Month: Fall on the Tellico

Photo of the Month: Fall on the Tellico

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Chasing Golden Trout in the High Sierra

One of my dream trips is backpacking in the high Sierra Nevada mountains of California in pursuit of not only golden trout, but also a true wilderness experience in a habitat unlike any other that I have enjoyed yet. This video is of an epic backpacking trip high into the mountains in pursuit of golden trout. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me!

These other recent posts on the Trout Zone may interest you as well!


8 comments:

  1. The Golden awaits you. Personally I'd wait until summer.

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    1. Mark, I think I'll take your advise. Based on the stories of winter in the Sierras, I think I'll wait until some of the snow melts also.

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  2. I love that video! I've probably watched it ten times since I found it last year. What an epic experience that must be.

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    1. I just wish that I didn't have to drive clear across the country to go enjoy those mountains. I've been in the area a few times but have never backpacked out there. I guess it is just a good excuse to go back again!

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  3. I did it back in the day. It's one of the best memories I have. I didn't go far just several section of the John Muir different years. The scenery is awesome.

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  4. Here's my post about hiking part of it.
    http://featherchucker.blogspot.com/2011/08/day-hike.html

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    1. Thanks for the link Kevin. That sounds like an awesome trip! To bad about the pictures that were lost but at least you have a great memory.

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    2. I will always remember how the fish looked in my mind.

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