Guided Trips

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Frosting on the Trees

Yesterday, I had some business to attend to at the Park Headquarters for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After finishing that up and also spending some time chatting with the Park fisheries guys (thanks again Matt and Caleb for taking the time to talk with me!), I headed up into the Park to see if anything was going on. Let's just say that I never even got my waders out. That had a fair amount to do with the fact that I was feeling lazy from getting up super early. However, it was still a fantastic day to be out and my camera captured a few images. Here is one of my favorites from the day.


I'll share some more later, but right now I'm heading out to float on the Caney Fork. Today we got a surprise low water day that coincided with the last "warm" day for a while (think 50s for highs). From here on out, it looks like the great arctic chill is on the way. In fact, this might be the two weeks of really cold air that we need to get the shad kill kicked into high gear. More on that later as it develops.

If you are interested in a guided fly fishing trip on the Caney Fork or in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please visit my guide site for more information. The fishing is about to take off so don't delay in setting up your day of guided fly fishing!

14 comments:

  1. Winter spins some magic.

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  2. Winter can paint a darn good picture.

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  3. Now go get that big fish!

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    1. Howard, I didn't find it yesterday which probably just means I need to get out and fish again soon.

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  4. Beautiful Pic! Can smell the tress and feel the crisp bite of cold wet air!

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    1. The cold wet air definitely had a crisp bite. I had a hard time getting interested in fishing with the chill.

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  5. That's the snow fall I like. Very soothing.

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    1. Definitely a little better than the huge quantities you all are getting up there in the northeast, at least by some standards. I wouldn't mind a tad bit more though!

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  6. Up this way we have a little more than "frosting" on the trees! Three feet of snow on the ground and the streams are ice bound but still beautiful none the less.

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    1. Mark, other than the lack of fishing created by that much snow, I would be glad to see a bit more than what we have experienced so far this year.

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