We are in the full swing of preparing for yet another Spring Break Trip. Last year was the epic Grand Canyon adventure (Part One and Part Two) that I would love to be going on again. This year, however, we decided to return to the Florida Everglades. That's right! Another paddle through the mangroves, camping on beaches, and with a little luck, catching some new to me fish species. We leave in less than a week and this year's paddle will be longer than the last one.
With that in mind, I will probably be pretty much swamped for the next few days with little to no fishing time. Expect minimal updates over the next two weeks, but after that I expect to have lots of good stories and pictures as well. In March, I have a couple of trips lined up to the mountains already so there should be plenty of new material coming...
UPDATE: 5/24/2015 -- 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. High gradient streams in the mid and higher elevations will fish better because of the broken water but water temperatures are still acceptable all the way to the Park boundary on Little River. We could use some rain so keep praying, doing rain dances, or whatever it is you do to get the water flowing.
The Caney Fork continues to fish well. Conditions vary from good to great with some days being easier than others. On days that start out slow, a pattern change or two will keep the rods bent. 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.
Cumberland Plateau smallmouth fishing is definitely getting cranked up. Two weeks ago, I landed my new personal best smallie from a favorite local stream. 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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