So this has probably been the longest we’ve gone without writing a fishing report and we’re sorry for that. The reason we haven’t put any new info up is that we’ve been super busy and have spent almost everyday on the tailwaters or in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Fishing has been just shy of incredible and the weather has been just as good so folks are taking advantage of the awesome conditions before winter’s grip tightens up.
The Clinch River has been on fire for the last few months and with so many good memories it’s kind of a blur. There have been a few fish that will sip midges off the surface but the majority of the fish have been caught on streamers and nymphs. Flows have varied from light to heavy between roughly 1,000-5,500 cfs (cubic feet per second) which hasn’t affected the fishing at all. The trick is just getting the flies in front of the fish which can be tricky with higher water. The lake was starting to turn over the last time we were there and decided to wait it out before getting back on it, which shouldn’t take too long. Here are some of the great moments over the last month.
The Smokies have also fished very well especially with nymphs, but believe it or not as warm as it’s been there have been some great days with dries. Don’t ever make the mistake of leaving the dry box at home because you think you won’t need it, because that’s the day every fish in the river will be rising (not really). As the cooler weather creeps in the water temps will drop and nymph fishing will be a must for more activity and adding a shot or two won’t hurt. Winter fishing in our area can be some of the best of the year because there’s no traffic whatsoever and you might be the only fisherman on the river. Just be sure to dress for the occasion.
Ashley surprised me for my birthday with the best gift ever, which was a trip to Islamorada with a couple of days fishing with my buddy Capt. Brian Helms. We chased giant bonefish on the flats and tarpon, snook and redfish in the Everglades which was a blast. If you have never been to the Keys make it a point to go.
Sorry for the late fishing report and I’ll try to stay on it with current info and conditions for you all. If you are thinking of a Smoky Mountain Christmas and want to get out for the day give us a call, we’d love to show you the area and what it has to offer. Take care and have a great day.