We feel like we’re being pretty patient with the weather. After all it is January so it’s not like we’re supposed to have warm weather perfect for fishing. We don’t know about you, but we could sure use a good day of fishing about now!
Water levels have finally dropped down into the fishable range here in the Smokies, but daytime highs on most streams are just barely above freezing, and that’s just in the sunny spots. The tailwaters… We’d like to say that’s been the solution but as the Watauga has been almost the only realistic choice at nearly three hours away we’ve tried to find constructive things to do. And in all honesty there really is plenty for us to do; we’d just rather be out fishing.
If you’re reading this I’m sure you understand.
There is some hope on the horizon, though. Long range forecasts are predicting a dry week or more which will help get streams down to a more manageable level and keep the TVA reservoirs where they belong. We notice that predicted flows from Cherokee Dam on the Holston River are looking good although it looks as if it may be a while before the Clinch River falls down to a level we like.
The South Holston looks as if it will have some good flows during the afternoons up high near the dam and, as always, look to the Watauga for the most consistently wadeable flows.