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

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Great Video For This Dreary Tuesday

Okay, maybe this Tuesday is not dreary where you are at, but it is here on the Cumberland Plateau. I've been dreaming about going fishing ever since the epic ice storm hit but so far have not gotten out. I may swing by the local pond for a few minutes this afternoon if the rain holds off just to occupy myself and see if any crappie are out and about yet, but I'm not holding my breath. It has simply been too cold lately and the water will take some time to warm up.

Anyway, here are a couple of great short films to entertain you on this Tuesday. The first is a short film on fly fishing for brown trout that highlights the creative process. It is from Dave and Amelia Jensen so you know it will be good.

The second video is from the nice warm saltwater flats and highlights the pursuit of permit on the fly rod. If it has been as cold lately where you live as it has been here at my house, this is probably just the thing you need to help you warm up. On the other hand it might increase your cabin fever exponentially to potentially lethal levels so viewer discretion is advised.

As always, help me out by sharing these articles via your social media using the share buttons at the beginning of the articles and much thanks!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the videos David. It's still dreary here in Colorado and snowing again while I write this.

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