Check it and see.
The temps are dropping, both in and out of the water, but the water itself is rising with the flows of rain and snow coursing into the icy veins of as many tributaries of the south, be it Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, or North Carolina.
Even though metabolism plays a role due to their body temperature being controlled by the ambient environment, the ability to trigger some fish ramps up as the current increases, which means, while I personally feel that most anglers err on the side of fishing too aggressively too often, during these high winter flows an aggro technique should never be ignored. Time to whip out some spastic twitchbaits like H20 Tackle Cranky Nitros, Switchbacks, Cranes, or even venture into spinning tackle land with Rattlin’ Rogues, X-raps, and Berkeley Jukes, Cutters, and Dredgers, or the highly unique Biwaa Divinator series.
But then again, that isn’t always going to be the ticket. It’s pretty easy to check for the ADHD fish sitting ready to pounce out of cover or breaks, but once that doesn’t produce, as in any situation, try going slower, deeper, and often times, smaller.
Micro-machines such as Flicker shad, Berkley Warpig rattletrap,Carolina rigged streamer flies, small soft plastic Swimbaits like the Eastfield Downsizer or the Biwaa sunfish and Divinator series offer a different dimension to most musky anglers’ arsenal of “downsizing”.
Sometimes, though, the inherent physics of a larger bait, such as a Carpenter Customs “Quiet Pill”, a DJ Customs “Sinious Glider” or weighted Ressurector dive-and-rise, or the larger H20 10″ Switchback, Hammerhead, or Ramhead all have effects inherent to their size and shape they offer a finesse to their movements and the hang that gives them their “swag”.