DH fishing report
Yesterday I went down to the Tellico river DH section with a couple of friends for the day. I haven't heard any reports from this river lately and we decided since everyone was heading to the South Holston or the Smokies we would see how it would fish. I haven't been down there in a few years and hoped they had stocked some larger fish in the DH section. The river was not crowded as we expected probably because the fishing was lousy. Walking the banks looking for fish was useless. I finally found some fish in some deeper pools and when you finally caught one, you would usually catch a couple more. I ended up with 10 rainbows in five hours with the largest being about 14-15". No one caught any Browns and all but two fish were stockers. The river is gin clear and cold but there were a few bugs hatching. Guess I will stick with the tailwaters till spring and maybe go back then to fish some smaller streams for brookies.
Re: DH fishing report
I was one of the few on the Tellico yesterday. My wife encouraged me to burn a kitchen pass, so I took her up on it. I drove on up above campsite 2, was on the water around noon and fished until 4:30 or so. The last half of which was nothing but casting practice. Ended up with 5 bows, 4 in the 10 -14 inch range and one wild dink. I didn't see any BWO's, but saw quite a few midges and tiny little winter stones. Each of the fish caught was on an 18 or smaller beadhead pheasant tail. Saw a few splashy rises during the day, but nothing regular.
I'll probable try it again later on in the winter, simply because it is open water and we can fish it. As my father told me early on in life " I fish because I enjoy it. If I did this to catch fish, I would have quite years ago." I guess that has become my excuse for being an average (on a good day!) fisherman and enjoying it so much. Like father, like son.