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: 11/30/2015 -- The spawn is mostly over and unfortunately we are facing high water for the next few days. Fishing will be difficult except with streamers from the bank. If you happen to see a big fish sitting out, try small streamers or nymphs and heavy tippet. Please avoid walking on and near the redds this time of year. The ability of the brown trout to successfully reproduce is essential to the future of the fishery. If you do not know what a redd looks like, avoid walking on the fine gravel (golfball and smaller) in riffles and the tailouts of pools. Fish that are paired up in these areas are probably spawning and are best left alone.
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork will feature high water of two generator or greater flows for at least the next several days and probably longer. Streamers are the only possibility right now. Hard fishing and tired arms are the norm under these conditions. Some days will end with no fish but you also have the chance at the largest fish you have ever caught. Once flows come down a bit to one generator, the streamer fishing should be good. Good casting skills are a must. Contact me about a float trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth fishing is done for the year but musky fishing is just getting going. Last week, we moved 4 fish and had one eat from a solid 40"+ fish that came unbuttoned. High water will often be the norm through winter and we'll float in between when the flows stabilize and the water clears. Right now, flows are spiking up and look to stay elevated for several days at best. Stay tuned for more on this great fishing as we head deeper into the cold season. If you are interested in a guided musky float, check with me about what it entails.
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