FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 4/23/2017
SPECIAL UPDATE: HIGH WATER EVERYWHERE!
The next couple of days will be tough just about anywhere you go. High water is the rule and heavy runoff has muddied lakes as well. Best to stay home and tie flies for at least the next day or two. Once the stream levels settle down, fishing in the Smokies should be good.
The fishing has been great lately! This spring has been phenomenal in the Smokies. Long hatches have produced dry fly fishing lasting for hours every day. The Caney Fork has been producing some great fish on high and low water.
In the Smokies, we have a high water day. That should soon give way to good flows and hatches as well. Evening hatches should really be going strong now at good flows. It is the time of year for yellow, cream and tan.
Unfortunately Center Hill Lake is filling rapidly and the USACE will be running a lot of water for a while to drop the lake back down. If you are interested in streamer floats, those will be able to happen into May this year. This is as good a time and method for getting into big fish as any. Once the lake level drops and flows go down, the fishing should be excellent on low water. We had some unreal trips on low water before all of this rain happened.
The musky and smallmouth bass rivers are totally blown out. If you are wanting to get in on this fishing, contact me about a float in May. Once conditions settle down, the fishing will be very good.
Guided Fly Fishing
As a long time angler and educator, I bring both the fly fishing knowledge required for a successful outing as well as the teaching skills to help you improve as a fisherman. Trips can be tailored to just about any skill level and ability. Teaching new fly fishermen is one the most rewarding aspects of my work. Seeing the smile on someone's face after catching their first fish on a fly rod never gets old.
Veteran anglers will also enjoy a day on the water with me in the Smokies. I specialize in teaching the high-stick techniques that are so crucial to success in the freestone streams of the Smoky Mountains. If you are wanting to add some dynamic nymphing techniques to your arsenal, contact me about a day on the water. If you feel that you have mastered nymphing and dry fly presentations in the Smokies and want to try something new, a day fishing streamers in the Park might be just the thing. Contact me at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com to discuss your skill set and expectations before planning on a day of streamer fishing.
In addition to the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains, I also guide on the Caney Fork River offering float trips in a beautiful drift boat or walk/wade trips and several warm water rivers and streams as well. Contact me at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com to set up a trip today!
RATES (Other Trip Options and Their Rates at Guide Site Above)
Full Day Trips
Wade Trips Float Trips
$300 - 1 Angler $375 - 1 Angler
$325 - 2 Anglers $395 - 2 Anglers
Half Day Trips
Wade Trips Float Trips
$200 - 1 Angler $275 - 1 Angler
$225 - 2 Anglers $295 - 2 Anglers
Wader and Boot Rental: $15
Wader Only Rental: $10
Boot Only Rental: $5
Half day trips include flies and drinks. Full day trips include flies, lunch, and drinks. You should bring any gear of your own that you prefer to fish with as well as all wading equipment. I do have a limited selection of wading gear available for a small rental fee. Other items to bring include a camera, a hat, good polarized sunglasses, and rain gear. In general, trips will not be cancelled just because it is raining unless there is a legitimate safety concern.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to save your trip. Upon booking, your spot will be held for up to 72 hours. If the deposit has not been paid by that time, your reservation will be cancelled. The remainder of the booking fee is due a minimum of 48 hours prior to the trip. You may choose to pay the full guide fee at the time of booking.
We reserve the right to cancel any trip for reasons of weather-related safety. The decision will usually be made with the client's input. In the event that we cancel the trip for weather-related reasons, you can either receive a full refund or apply the money to a future trip. Trips cancelled by the client at least 14 days prior to the trip are eligible for a complete refund minus a $15 processing fee. Any cancellation less than 14 days before the scheduled trip will result in loss of the deposit. Cancellations inside the 48 hour window before the trip will result in the loss of all trip funds.