UPDATE: 5/14/2015 -- Streams in the Smokies are getting lower with the recent lack of rainfall. Dry/dropper rigs are accounting for a lot of fish, especially on the dropper. Yesterday was a great day with lots of rainbows and brookies and even a few browns. Fish were taking both flies but showed a preference for my favorite caddis pupa dropper.
The Caney Fork continues to fish well. On a half day trip this past Tuesday, a brand new angler had a 40 fish day with some nice sized holdovers in the mix including a few browns. Contact me about a float trip if you want to get in on this great fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884. With the holiday weekend and summer coming up, expect the fishing pressure to steadily increase on this river so get out and enjoy it while you can.
Smallmouth are turning on as well now. Last Sunday, I landed my personal best smallmouth on one of my favorite local creeks. This fishing will only improve. Isonychias are hatching on the smallie streams here on the Plateau and Golden Stoneflies should be just around the corner. Over the next few weeks, the streams will transition to great surface terrestrial and popper fishing.
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
Here on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, winter has arrived in a big way. Recent high temperatures have not been above freezing and overnight lows are getting close to the single digits. The first snowfall completed the appearance of winter with light snow showers stretching out over a couple of days. Waterfalls near my house have been forming large areas of ice around the base and as well as icicles off the rocks nearby. The Sandhill Cranes have mostly migrated south of the area but scattered flocks continue to fly over, hurrying towards the warmth and abundance of the southeastern U.S. The large fields nearby now have wintering raptors hunting their broad expanses. I have identified the majority as being Northern Harrier Hawks which usually appear around Thanksgiving and will be here until early spring.
Posted by David Knapp at 2:52 PM