View Full Version : December One Fish Per Month Challenge

12-03-2009, 10:12 PM
Here it is, show us what you got.

12-04-2009, 10:56 PM
Guess Ill start us off. Got out early this month, im gonna be busy and might not get another chance to fish. Water temp was 48 and air temp was 39= Frozen fingers!!!:eek: Fish were hittin though, this was the prettiest one of the day and she was plump and spunky. The tiny black stones have started hatching here already.

13 1/2" 'bow caught on #16 black BH Micro-stonefly nymph on Trammel Fork, Allen Co. Kentucky. 12-04-09


12-12-2009, 07:03 PM
12/12/09, Tellico River, soft hackle

12-12-2009, 10:32 PM
You're a brave man! Did you happen to check the water temp?

The Principal
12-13-2009, 01:09 PM
It must not have been to bad. I didn't see any ice chunks floating by.

12-13-2009, 02:27 PM
Did you happen to check the water temp?

No, I didn't, but the leak in my waders told me that it was cold. It actually wasn't as bad as expected. I had brought a hat and gloves, and didn't feel they were needed.

12-17-2009, 10:36 AM
I don't know if I am going to get a chance to fish again this month, so I will post a pic from early in the month. They have been generating a lot on South Holston, but I had a small window on Friday, December 4th. The water would be down by 2:00, so I arrived at the river bend cul-de-sac a little after 1:00. There was one other vehicle parked there and it looked like he might have been hunting. As I started down the trail it was obvious that someone had been dragging a deer out that morning. I always get nervous during hunting season. Just a few hundred feet from the river I see a hunter standing in the middle of the trail, not wanting to mess up his hunt I thought about heading back to the car, but decided to go on to the river. I apologized to him if I messed up his hunt, but explained that we weren't getting a lot of low water time. He said no problem, maybe you will run one toward me and promised not to shoot in my direction. I was guessing and had rigged up with a double nymph rig, wrong guess. I was going to wait on the water to get down, but as I approached the river the fish were rising to sulphurs like crazy in the dropping water. I waded into a shallow area knowing that the water was dropping. And hoped they would eat nymphs. after a few good drifts passed rising fish, I switched over to a dry/dropper rig and was instantly into fish, for the next 30 minutes, till the water was down it was crazy. I caught several beautiful browns, but didn't get any pictures. The action really slowed down after the water dropped, I picked up a few more and ended the day with this hard fighting rainbow, not nearly as pretty as the colored-up browns but the only fish I took a picture of that day
I was back on a double nymph rig on this fish and had thrown into a really fast run and was about to mend for the drift into the pool below the run, when I tried to mend the fish tightened the line and went airborn, not a big fish, but it was on a long cast and this fish ran like crazy. It was getting close to 4:00 and I wanted to head out before it got dark in case someone were to mistake me for a deer (everything I had on was either grey or brown). As I started toward shore I heard something rustling in the woods. Turned out to be about 12-15 turkeys which flew over my head to the ridge on the other side. Walked out hoping that it wasn't a hunter that had spooked them. I never saw anyone else in the river, but there was another vehicle parked at the trail. Hunting season make me nervous. Long post but not many fishing stories being told right now.
There may not be another opportunity on the SoHo for wading this year. They have been generating 24 hours a day and the lake level continues to rise, it is well above the flood guide http://www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/op_guides/sholston.htm

For me, this does complete one year in the fish each month challenge. I didn't get into this in the early going because I didn't have a camera, after getting a decent waterproof camera I decided to give it a try for the calender year. I didn't have too much trouble getting the fish (till this month), had more trouble getting the pictures. Anyway it was fun.


David Knapp
12-17-2009, 12:52 PM
Clinch walleye...


12-17-2009, 02:28 PM
Plateau Angler - very nice walleye. I have not yet caught one on a fly rod. You care to give a little more info?

David Knapp
12-17-2009, 03:06 PM
This was my first and was random so I can't claim to know very much about catching them. I was using a shad immitation and sight fishing to the fish but was just unsure as to what species it was. The fish didn't want anything to do with my fly until I twitched it a few times...

12-17-2009, 03:46 PM
Thanks. As I said, very nice walleye.

12-17-2009, 07:57 PM
clear creek, ky
14# prince nymph
air temp. 42F water temp. 44F


12-24-2009, 05:08 PM
Hesse Creek, 12/24, #16 BHPT. I apparently caught him on the way to a party on Christmas Eve.


12-26-2009, 06:36 PM
12/26/09 - Spring Creek - #14 Y2K


12-26-2009, 07:50 PM
Had me worried there, Rachel. Nicely done.

12-26-2009, 07:52 PM
Had me worried too, Charlie. Congrats to you and David, as well!

12-29-2009, 11:31 AM
I caught this 21 inch flounder on December 23rd in the marsh of hwy 278 on HHI. I caught it using an 8 wt fly rod and one of my shrimp pattern flies. I was hoping to spot a red or some saltwater trout, and while I was standing there I saw this fish come up and settle in the mud about 15 yards from me. A couple of casts and I got that shrimp fly right over the fish and he nailed it.



Carolina Boy
12-29-2009, 12:55 PM
Sweet fish John, thats one I would release to grease as Mr Casada would say!

12-29-2009, 11:11 PM
Cutting it close this month.

Lake run rainbow caught on 12/29 using a tan hare's ear nymph.


12-29-2009, 11:36 PM
Nicely done, Travis! That's a beauty.

12-31-2009, 05:14 PM

My family and I spent the week up at Cumberland Mtn. State Park. Had blast up there and caught a lot of fish. This one waas caught below Byrd lake.

01-02-2010, 07:49 PM
Very nice :smile:

01-08-2010, 10:59 PM

01-09-2010, 12:23 PM

Your efforts in keeping up with this are much appreciated. Thanks from all of us.

01-09-2010, 01:41 PM
I agree with Charlie. Thanks for taking the time to do this for us! Now if it will just warm up a touch...maybe we can put up some January fish.

Thanks again!