Fri. Dec. 6, 2013…… Just returning from a 2 day SoHo group trip and while we had a great time and great fellowship the fishing was challenging. At least more so and tougher than it usually is….
We did one of our annual group trips…here’s how the trip went….
Had four great guys on the trip, Terry Lee , Dick Foster, Steve Smith, all from Greensboro, and Ken Okorn, Pennsylvania. Our trip began with cloudy skies and drizzle then a day of sun and a second day with cloudy skies. Temps were unseasonably warm, good release schedule the first day but the second day not as good. We still got in almost 2 full days of fishing, but the fishing was off by a long shot I believe because of the incredible weather change. From snow and 20s and 30s last week to almost 70F and muggy.
As Ken Okorn said, I believe with 100% accuracy, that fish do better with going from warm to cold rather than the other way around. Spot on. That is precisely what I have always believed. And still do. We fished the morning down river on the private access on the Holston and did ok, Ken Okorn did the best, landing about 4 nice rainbows 14 to 15″, Dick , Steve, and Terry Lee landed some smaller browns and rainbows. We then went upstream to the TVA access and were getting in the water and hoping to catch a hatch on falling water but the bugs were thin. A midge here or there, no olives, and one sulphur here and there once in a while.
Ken landed a good many fish, Terry landed 8 and Dick and Steve a couple. We finished up as the sun was setting and then headed back to the house and had a nice dinner. On Thursday, we got out early and things were pretty much the same. Ken landed several nice fish as we had about a 30 to 45 minute period when things seemed to get going and then it shut off just before the water came up on us at 1045am. Ken also had a brown of about 24 to 25inches on as well briefly before it came unbuttoned. The guys landed several fish, Steve landed one really nice brown of about 18 inches and several smaller rainbows. We again went upstream and hoped to catch a hatch with falling water and cloudy skies but no doing….the guys landed 4 or 5 fish before the water came up on us yet again at 300pm.
Ken stayed for the last two hours and we went downstream to catch falling water one last time and he was able to fish to a few rising fish, nailing one nice brown, before we called it a day. A great group of guys, a great time, but the fishing was slower than it usually is. I guess we landed between 3 and 4 dozen fish, which isn’t terrible, but below what we usually do. But hey, that’s normal and happens anywhere sometimes. I for one am glad the weather will be cooling off again…….70F in December may feel nice but fishing is better on days when its cold or cold and cloudy. I have always found that to be the case, especially here.
Looks like we have some weather moving in for the next few days…rain, then sleet/snow/ice depending upon location. Could be interesting. But all of it will help stream levels a lot. And we still need the rain.
Enjoy your Friday….and your Weekend. Tight Lines..!
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