Well another fishing year has come and gone and a brand new one is under way. Goodbye 2016 and the fall dry spell you left us with. Here are a few recent pics of what the boys have been doing lately. Streamer fishing for trout on our southern tailwaters and chasing an occasional muskie. The head hunting has been good lately. For the next month or so we plan on more of the same as well as getting into the mountains for some small stream fishing to check on our local back country areas. As the days and afternoons warm and the stream flows subside, we will be seeing our first hatches of the year. Little stoneflies, blue wings and then the hendricksons will be here soon.
As I rub my crystal ball and look out into the next few months, I think this spring season will be a little different. I think we will see some productive and fishable flow rates on some of the larger tailwaters that we do not usually see this time of year. Unless things change soon, the lower reservoir levels combined with warmer temperatures equal lower spring river flows. Rivers like the Cumberland, Clinch, and Caney fork could be some awesome spring targets. If you are looking for something you haven’t fished before or haven’t fished in the spring, this may be the year. My suggestion for planning spring drift trips is to book your desired dates early and then be flexible for location and lodging. Be ready to fish the best available. It is going to be a spring full of weekly and daily changes with great fly fishing opportunities presenting themselves.
Our group of traveling anglers will be headed out to Chile on Friday for our 2017 Patagonia brown trout extravaganza. I will have you a report in March on our successes. We still have slots available for late February 2018.
As always, call or email to talk fishing.