I AmThankful For You!
Happy Thanksgiving 2016! This year I have much to be thankful for. This has been the best year yet for my guide service and that could only happen because of all the support from my friends and great customers. I have enjoyed getting to know each of you. Also I look forward to sharing more days on the water together in the future.
Brief 2016 Synopsis and 2017 Forecast
While the drought this year made fishing very tough in the Smokies, the lack of rainfall means the Caney Fork River fished exceptionally well. Those of you who fished with me know just how good it has been. I anticipate the river continuing to fish well into spring and early summer of next year at minimum. With luck it will fish well all summer in 2017!
While the drought has been tough in the short term, the Smokies should fish very well moving forward. We need some rain to get the stream levels up to normal, but next spring should produce some phenomenal fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains. Some of the best spring hatches of Quill Gordon and Blue Quill mayflies have happened after dry years. Hopefully that will be the case this year.
In addition to taking others fishing, I have enjoyed time on the water myself. The sight fishing was off the charts this year on the Caney Fork River. During the summer midge fishing times, I found and fooled my new personal best brown trout on the river and caught a lot of other great fish as well. More time was spent on the smallmouth bass streams which was a treat. People fishing with me also caught a ton of great fish. There were more 20″+ fish caught on guide trips this year than all years prior.
Here’s to an even better year in 2017, and once again, Happy Thanksgiving 2016!
Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving—
I have found a lake near our home for us to fish, it is noted for monster bluegill–we can make the trip in my 10 ft. Pelican in the Spring.
Bill, thank you! It sounds like you have a good lake all ready for a new bluegill quest. Glad to hear it…