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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

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Invading the South

As the days rolled by, pent up energy was building far to the north. Local hunters and anglers have likely noticed something is amiss, but only a few realized the severity of the situation. True, a few advance scouts had infiltrated the region, but in reality their numbers were a fraction of what should be. Was there a bottleneck or traffic jam? Perhaps someone had called off the invasion.

Over the last two weeks, a few more have been churning their way through. Better two months late than never I suppose. Two days ago, I heard the distinct symphony of the winged invaders. Glancing up, I smiled. They are coming after all.



I suppose this means we might have winter after all. Apparently someone thinks so. I noticed something in the news about energy stocks rising due to expected cold weather boosting the demand for natural gas. Some cold weather would be nice. I went for a hike on Christmas Eve day and wished I had worn shorts. Christmas Eve!!! When it should be cold. Oh, and I saw a snake. This all happened the day after tornadoes ripped across parts of Tennessee and Mississippi. On Christmas day we set a record high temperature here in Crossville and also a record for the most rainfall on December 25. What is going on? Everything this year has been behind or so it has seemed. We may still have a good winter in store. The sandhill cranes invading the South seem to think so.

7 comments:

  1. Timely post David. I just read that the migration of Southbound birds was delayed due to unseasonably warm wear up north. Not North as in Colorado. It's been really cold here.

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    1. Whenever you get tired of that cold air, feel free to send it east to Tennessee!

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  2. I've said for years that the seasons are changing. Seems like they are shifting so that Summer stays a little later, Fall begins a little later, and Winter doesn't start until the first of the year. Winter will get there.

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    1. That's been my theory from the get go, too, Mark! I like the way you think!

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    2. I can't say I disagree with you guys. Things have certainly changed a lot in just the last 20-30 years.

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  3. This weather has been very strange. I didn't even wear a coat or sweater Christmas or the day after, and like you, I wish I had worn shorts when I was out. Winter is definitely on her way, and we are seeing some signs of it this morning here in the Chicagoland area.

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    1. I'm just afraid of what winter will actually be like. We could do without the ice storms we got last year here in TN...

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