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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Missing Big Fish

Lost any big fish lately? I have, and I can tell you that they are still fresh in my memory. The last two streamer floats I've done have resulted in losing nice fish. One was two weeks ago, and the other was this past Sunday. At least I'm still getting out and catching a few fish though.

On Sunday, my buddy Dan Munger from Little River Outfitters, and I had planned on doing a float. Going back and forth between trout and musky, we finally decided to hit the Caney Fork. Putting in on low water, we stirred up a few fish with nymphs as we waited for the rising water from the power generation to catch up. Once the water hit, we drifted and threw streamers.


Overall, the fishing was slow, but I did have that one moment with a big brown trout. We were well along in our day at this point. I was in the front of the boat and was working a good fishy looking bank. Suddenly I saw the dark shadow take a swing at my fly and miss. Pausing just briefly for the fish to find the fly again, I continued my retrieve. The second time the fish nailed it, but somehow I just missed the hook set plain and simple.

On my previous trip, I had the fish on long enough for a couple of jumps before the fly shook loose. Clearly I'm in some sort of a rut, and one where the main feature is loosing or missing big browns is depressing indeed. The only solution I can think of is to get out and fish some more. So for the next two days, I'll suffer and get out some more in search of more fish. Someone's got to do it...

11 comments:

  1. David _ I think the missed fish make much better stories than those we actually put in the net and where would we be without a good story !

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    1. Mark, that is a great perspective. Of course, I'm already plotting a return so they may not be missed fish for long...

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  2. Perhaps that first fish of the year is haunting you, just as you'd feared. Should have kicked things off with a big brown, then maybe you'd just miss the little ones.

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    1. Bryan, that may be the source of my problems. I missed another one today so clearly I need to get things together somehow.

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  3. You just have to wonder though, what would have happened if you went for the muskies? I always second guess my decisions if they day ends without much luck.

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    1. RM Lytle, I definitely thought about that. Those decisions always haunt me when the fishing turns out to be slow.

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  4. If somebody has to do it, I vote for you.

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    1. Thanks for the vote Mark!

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  5. Oh, to suffer like that..............................

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    1. Mel, thank you for your sympathy. If you can book a flight to Tennessee, I would be glad to help you join in my suffering.

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  6. A big fished missed isn't a big deal...unless you make your living at it.

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