Fishing Reports

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Jay Moore - FlyFishMagazine.com Middle Tennessee Editor

Caney Fork River May 2008

Newlywed Middle Tennessee Editor, Jay Moore dropped us a line with his latest fishing report from the volunteer state.

Itís been a long time since I have posted a fishing report for Middle Tn. And thatís not because my new bride wonít let me go. Itís because until recently the generation schedule on The Caney Fork has been 24 hours a day seven days a week since February. She encourages me to go and two weeks ago I tried my luck on the Duck. There was little flow and even fewer fish, and my secrete spot that I have fished with my editor had been invaded by five canoes. There were seven people fishing one gravel bar that was hardly big enough for two. The short version is three small rainbows , one two inch bluegill, and one very frustrated angler.


Sunday (Mothers Day) I got to fish the Caney for the first time since January. I am a very lucky man. My better half had no problem with me fishing on Mothers day (Editor's note: Do not attempt this at home - it is very dangerous and should only be attempted by trained professionals) just so I got back before the day was over.


I got to the river just after sunrise and to my surprise, I had the spot I picked out all to myself. It was one of those mornings that you wish you could record. The sun was just clearing the trees on the East Bank. There was a huge storm system with black clouds to the West. The air was clear and everything was clean and bright. There were owls hooting and wild turkeys gobbling and I felt lucky to be in such a beautiful place doing something that I love. The fishing was great also and for three hours I got to be alone with my thoughts and try to work the rust off my fishing skills. The fish did their part. At one time I had made 14 casts in a row where I hooked a fish. I ended up with 1 brown, 15 rainbows, and my first brookie. Two of the fish were 14-16 inches, most were 10-12 inches. I probably had thirty five fish hooked and brought seventeen to hand. It should have been more, but like I said, I was a bit rusty. All were hooked on a size 16 midge, either a black zebra or a green one I tie with a blue wire wrap. All in all it was one of the best days I have had on the river in a long time and I look forward to going back soon.

I have purchased a MadRiver kayak and plan on testing it out in the near future, so look for a report on my first kayak adventure in the days to come.

 

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FlyfishMagazine's newest associate, Capt. John Kumiski, sends news from Florida's sunny space coast.

Upcoming Events:
-On January 22nd I'll be giving a presentation to the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers in Sarasota, Florida. Contact John Freeman at 941.228.5938 for information.

-From January 25 through 27 I'll be a featured fly tyer at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey. I always enjoy that freezing weather they have there.

-On February 2 I will be holding a Show and Tell Seminar at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Visit http://www.spottedtail.com/show&tell.htm for more information.

-On February 12 I'll be speaking to the Backcountry Flyfishing Association in Orlando. Contact Paul Norton at 407.620.7639 for more information.

-On March 30 I'll be giving a program at the FFF Flyfishing Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

-News Flash! I have a new skiff! A brand new Mitzi 17 is at Central Florida Marine getting rigged as I write this. It is not the boat I've been waiting for. That one is still under construction. When it is ready I will be selling this one and buying that one. If you have any interest in a slightly used Mitzi 17 let me know. More information will be forthcoming when I'm ready to sell.

Another news flash! I have a new website up, http://www.johnkumiski.com. The site is still under construction and is still in a testing phase, but it is useable. My goal is to put all my writing and much of my photography on this site, to make it a resource for anglers and outdoor adventure travelers, both individuals and magazine/newspaper/website editors. If you visit the site and find any mistakes, please let me know at john@spottedtail.com . The first ten people to do this will receive a mini prize pack!

On to the fishing!

Monday Capt. Chris Myers had me get up ridiculously early to join him in a Mosquito Lagoon escapade. The sun was just rising as we left the ramp. He said the fish would be tailing. We got to the spot, and they were, not hard, not lots of them, but tailing fish are tailing fish and youí?re not going to sneer at that any time.
Chris poled first and I got a slot red, a tailer, on a black redfish worm. We switched ends and Chris got a slot sized tailer on a small Merkin crab. Between us we blew at least a dozen shots. By this time the sun was getting up into the firmament. The fish had stopped tailing and we decided to look for laid up trout.
We found quite a few. Were they spooky! Mr. Myers finally hooked one on a bend back, only to have it shake off at boatside. I couldn't get a sniff. Chris thought he knew where some drum were, so we went looking for them.
I was on the bow when suddenly there were at least a hundred fish in front of me. I tossed the redfish worm out there a number of times. It was obvious it wasn't sinking fast enough. Part of what made it so was the fact not a fish touched it. I tied a Merkin on, and got an upper slot red on the first cast. His thrashing scared all the other fish away.
We looked for them for a while without success, although Chris picked up another red on a Merkin.
Rain clouds were moving in from the south, so we bailed early. It was about 1 PM as he put the boat on the trailer, just as the first drops started to fall. Good timing!

Tuesday I drove to Titusville to deliver the kayak I had sold. I took the opportunity to take another kayak out on the Indian River. The water was kind of dirty and it was windy. I blindly cast a Dupre Spoonfly for an hour or so and caught two slot sized trout.

All this week I couldn't get last week's no motor zone trip out of my head. Thursday I went over there for a solo trip. I was out seven hours, looking hard. I probably paddled 12 miles or more. I had seven shots in that time, all at slot reds. I didn't see a big red or black drum, although I did see four big seatrout. The fish were very scarce. I had three bites and released two fish. I will say that I don't think I've ever seen so many hardhead cats up working in shallow water and tailing. I saw a fish in a white sand hole at the limit of my vision. I couldn't tell what it was and threw the redfish worm over to it. It jumped all over it and to my surprise and dismay, it was a catfish. There were quite a few sheepshead, too, but none of them were fooled by my offerings.

Life is short- GO FISHING!!!

Life is great and I love my work!

John Kumiski

www.spottedtail.com

member Florida Outdoor Writers Association www.fowa.org

Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (www.seopa.org), Indian River Guides association (www.irga.org)
 

 

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Jay Moore - FlyFishMagazine.com Middle Tennessee Editor

Caney Fork River

1-11-2008

Saturday Jan. 5th I got the opportunity to try the Caney Fork river in Middle Tn. I was fishing by myself this trip and got to the river about 20 minutes before sunrise. It was cold, overcast and rain was in the forecast, in other words, perfect conditions to have the river mostly to myself.

I tied a size 20 zebra midge on with the help of my headlights and headed to my favorite spot. I tied the small midges the night before because my editor refers to the flies (midges) I typically use as freakishly large. I hooked up with two nice trout very quickly and had a few strikes then the activity stopped. I switched to a woolly bugger and landed two more fish, but the action could not be described as hot and heavy. After two hours and four fish I switched back to my trusty size 16 (editor's note: they look more like 12's to me) zebra midge that I tie with a copper wrap. I was drifting the midge beneath a grasshopper dry fly and things changed quickly. With this set up I was able to reach the fish holding in the shallow waters near the banks and to make a long story short; an hour and a half and twenty four more fish, I loaded up my gear including my freakish flies and headed to the recliner.

Iíll take a 30 fish day anytime even if I am fishing with all the wrong flies.

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Banana River Lagoon Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 1/4/08

Photos this week worth seeing! Visit this link: http://www.spottedtail.com/ThisWeeksFishingReport.htm

This is my first fishing report of 2008. The weather so far this year has been wintery, can you imagine? We actually had temperatures dip to the freezing mark, and Iíve heard some reports of fish kills from around the state. Being a totally acclimatized Floridian, I donít like to go fishing when the high temperature for the day is in the 40ís or 50ís, especially with 20 knot plus winds. So, I only ventured out one day this week.

My friend Rick DePaiva has been threatening to come fish with me for black drum for years now. Since he has never actually done it I figured he was just talking. Yesterday, however, he actually showed up. His friend David McCleaf was with him. So around 830 AM we launched an Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 containing David and his stuff and an Old Town Camper containing Ricky and me and our stuff. Since the Camperís crew was focused on getting Rick a black drum, I handled the push pole and Rick manned the fly rod.

We only saw one fish until about 1030. At that time we found a small pod of slot reds tailing. Ricky made several good casts that I thought should have worked, and one finally did. Good thing, skunk off boat. Not what we were looking for but no one complained. The fly was a black Redfish Worm.

I suppose I should have a digression here about the weather. When we started the wind was blowing about 12 out of the east and it was about 65 degrees. The sun shone when we cast off, but a bank of clouds quickly rolled in and we could see several showers off in the distance. So when Ricky got that first red it was windy and cloudy, which it mostly stayed all day. We also got rained on several times, and saw a few patches of sun, too. Not an ideal day, perhaps, but you make the best of what you get, especially when youíre paddling.

We went at least an hour before we got another bite, although we saw David get a slot red on a DOA Shrimp. He removes the supplied hook and rigs the shrimp ďbackwards,Ē using a plastic worm hook like youíd use in a jerk bait. Good idea, young man!

Rick and I finally found a single black drum tailing. When the tail wasnít up we couldnít see it at all (no sun) and after a few casts the fish disappeared, never to show itself again. As it turned out this was a recurring theme.

We found a small pod of slot reds working in shallow water and Rick got one the Redfish Worm. We saw David get another one not too far off from us. So fishing was slow but there were a few around and we were getting one once in a while. Weíve all had worse days, and no one was complaining.

David decided to do some solo exploration. We could see him, looking for fish about a half mile off. I kept waiting for my phone to ring so we could go and join him on the huge school of fish he found. The phone finally did ring, but it was Rodney, not David.

Rick and I were taking a break, snacking, when I saw a single tail come up and drop again. A minute or so went by and it came up again, closer this time. Then the sun broke through the clouds. We took advantage of the light and went looking for the fish. He helped us by tailing on a reasonably regular basis. Ricky got several good casts to the beast, and he finally took the fly. Black drum on! I called David, who immediately headed back over to our location.

It took Rick several minutes to subdue what turned out to be a drum of over 25 pounds. Mission accomplished! We spent some time taking pictures, then kissed the fish and released it.

We split up again, David working up in front of us a half mile or so. He went around a point and we couldnít see him any more. We were seeing slot sized fish with reasonable frequency, and hooking one now and then. We finally got to the point and there was David, casting at fish.

We spotted a tailer and went after it. We could only see it when the tail was up, since it had clouded over again. We worked that fish for 10 or 15 minutes and never got a tap. But David finally ended it when he paddled over to us, telling us he needed a photographer. He had a 26 pound red in the water, tethered by a Boga Grip. The photos were made, the fish released. Both gentlemen now had a big fish under their belts. Life was good.

Our rough total for the day was eight reds between us, all in the slot except for Davidís bull, and one black drum. The fish were equally split between the two of them. We capped off our most excellent day by having dinner at El Leoncito.

Life is short- GO FISHING!!!

Life is great and I love my work!

John Kumiski

http://www.spottedtail.com/

member Florida Outdoor Writers Association (http://www.fowa.org/), Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (www.Seopa.org), Indian River Guides association (www.irga.org).

Editor's Note: Capt. Kumiski is the author of several excellent books about fly fishing Florida's salt water including "Redfish On The Fly" to which we gave a thumbs up in the review section of FlyFishMagazine.com.

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Randy Ratliff of theTroutFishers Guide Service

Troutfishers Guide Service, Randy Ratliff
When: September 2007
South Holston, Watauga, Holston Proper

Hello everyone, it looks like we are finishing up the Summer season and the Fall
season is upon us. The cooler temperatures are a relief from the scorching hot
temperature we have had lately. We are seeing some rains to help with water flow,
but it is not enough to recover from the drought.

Mark your calendars to come and see us at Jesse Brown's on Thursday September
27th, 6:30pm at their Sharon Corners store in Charlotte, North Carolina. We will be
giving a presentation on Fall and Winter fishing in East Tennessee. Here is a link for
further information and directions: http://www.jessebrown.com/

On Saturday September 29th I will be at the Orvis Store in Raleigh talking on Fly Fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I hope you can come out and see our presentations.

Here is a little report on how the fishing has been here in East Tennessee:

South Holston

The morning wade and afternoon float trips are doing very well. We use terrestrials
and sulphur emergers while wading. All areas of the river are fishing good. Our
afternoon float trips during generation have been great. We see the sulphurs really
start coming off around 2pm and we have been using a size 16 tan comparadun to
bring many nice rainbows and browns to the boat. When the hatch slows down we
use terrestrials near the bank and swing soft hackles in the better current lines.
Seeing those big browns slurp a beetle or cricket off the surface is something to see.

Watauga

The Watauga has seen some local rain showers each evening and it is helping with
the float trips. We are using small beadhead Pheasant Tails and Zebra Midges while
nymphing. There is a small tan caddis hatching and craneflies are still coming off as
well. We are not seeing the BWOs yet. When we float during generation it is olive and
black Woolly Buggers (size 6) that produce the most. Our "Dumb Blonde" and "Plum
Crazy" buggers are also doing great. It is about time to see the October Caddis start
popping and we are looking forward to this hatch.

The Holston Proper

The smallmouth action has been very good for the last couple of weeks. The action
has been mainly topwater poppers with an occasional fish on clousers and
hellgrammite imitations. We have been seeing 30 to 50 fish days while floating. The
grass is thick in the lower river but the fish are holding in it. They are chasing
minnows getting ready for Fall.

Mountain Streams

With the drought conditions these streams are very low. Stoney Creek at one point
has gone underground. Many of my prime streams are just down to a trickle so we
have been not fishing these waters.

We still have dates available for Fall and early Winter fishing. Give us a call at 423-360-1468 or email me at FishwithRandy@Embarqmail.com to set up a fishing trip for you.


Thanks
Randy Ratliff
Troutfishers Guide Service
 

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Posted By: Jay Moore - Middle Tennessee. Editor
When Fished: April 2007
Where Fished:  White River, Mountain Home, Arkansas

In April, four of us took a business trip to the famed White River in Arkansas. We stayed at Gaston's on the River and fished with guides on the 18th. I have heard stories of 100+ fish a day and looked forward to the opportunity to try my luck. However, nothing I have heard prepared me for trying to fish in a river with six generators running at full speed. We fished with heavy pink flies and lots of split shot. Casting those rigs was tricky, but we all got the hang of it and all four of us caught at least 20 fish each. I have been told that was a great day considering the depth and speed of the river. There is no doubt that the White is full of large hungry fish and I wish we could have had the chance to try it it with no generation. Maybe next time I'll get the opportunity

 

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Posted By: Paul Kleppert  
When Fished: 5/3/2007
Where Fished: Normandy Dam, Normandy, TN

I'm new to the area, relocated from Michigan and I heard there is some decent trout fishing on the Duck River from the Normandy Dam to about 10 miles down river. It took me a while to find the place but I eventually found the dam and the head waters. I saw many fish rising just before dusk and landed a nice rainbow. I also was out on the Duck River two days prior about 10 miles downstream from the dam and caught a few largemouth bass on a gray hendrickson. Once again, around dusk many fish rising.
 

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Posted By: Champion Outfitters  
When Fished: April 2007
Where Fished: South Holston & Watauga Rivers, East Tennessee

Fishing report for the South Holston and Watuaga Rivers in East Tennessee:

The Sulphurs began 2 weeks ago on the South Holston River. It is mostly an afternoon affair, with the spinner fall late in the evening. Both size 16 and 18ís are coming off at the same time.

Sulphur Comaraduns are the ticket for the Dun stage { Adult } and parachutes work best for the spinner stage. And as always, a loop winged emerger or sulphur nymph works awfully well when they are eating emergers. Which is about the entire time.

On the Watauga, the big caddisí are hatching off daily, from morning til evening. Use a size 10 or 12 dark caddis for this event. And an event it is. It is a major, air filling hatch. Of course, on a caddisí hatch, where ever you are, a soft hackle is the ticket. For Caddisí only ride on the water to lay their eggs. Otherwise, they burst up and as emergers and are gone. Thus a swinging soft hackle is the trick.

We have all the above flies, plus many more at our NEW shop ON the South Holston River. It is located .3 of a mile from the bridge below the Weir dam. The address is 608 Emmett Rd., Bristol , Tennessee 37620. Our phone number there is 423-878-2822. We are not officially open yet, but either Matt or I is there all the time now, trying to get it that way. But we do have needed flies there now.

And we are available for guided trips . We are constantly on the water, so we know where and what fish are eating. Give us a buzz at 877-763-3597.

Also want to remind you that our SALE on Winston Blltís + a Lamson Radius reel for the retail price of the rod alone, is still going on. I fish the 9í 5wt. Bllt and it is a great dry fly and dry and dropper rod.

Here is Winstonís descriptio Fishing report for the South Holston and Watuaga Rivers in East Tennessee:

The Sulphurs began 2 weeks ago on the South Holston River. It is mostly an afternoon affair, with the spinner fall late in the evening. Both size 16 and 18ís are coming off at the same time.

Sulphur Comaraduns are the ticket for the Dun stage { Adult } and parachutes work best for the spinner stage. And as always, a loop winged emerger or sulphur nymph works awfully well when they are eating emergers. Which is about the entire time.

On the Watauga, the big caddisí are hatching off daily, from morning til evening. Use a size 10 or 12 dark caddis for this event. And an event it is. It is a major, air filling hatch. Of course, on a caddisí hatch, where ever you are, a soft hackle is the ticket. For Caddisí only ride on the water to lay their eggs. Otherwise, they burst up and as emergers and are gone. Thus a swinging soft hackle is the trick.

We have all the above flies, plus many more at our NEW shop ON the South Holston River. It is located .3 of a mile from the bridge below the Weir dam. The address is 608 Emmett Rd., Bristol , Tennessee 37620. Our phone number there is 423-878-2822. We are not officially open yet, but either Matt or I is there all the time now, trying to get it that way. But we do have needed flies there now.

And we are available for guided trips . We are constantly on the water, so we know where and what fish are eating. Give us a buzz at 877-763-3597.

Also want to remind you that our SALE on Winston Blltís + a Lamson Radius reel for the retail price of the rod alone, is still going on. I fish the 9í 5wt. Bllt and it is a great dry fly and dry and dropper rod.

Here is Winstonís description of the BLLT: Innovation Meets Tradition. Introducing our new Boron IIt series, which proves that advanced boron technology can be utilized to create exceptional medium-action fly rods. With this series, we have moved our proven second generation boron in a whole new direction, with extraordinarily lightweight rods that combine the powerful, highly responsive characteristics of Boron II with the legendary smoothness and delicacy of our more traditional action rods. At Winston, we fully recognize that many people enjoy fishing for trout with medium-action rods. The new Boron IIt is a true breakthrough for such anglers

Thanks for your time.

Rod Champion

Champion Outfitters

877-763-3597

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Posted By: Jeff Paisley - Tail water Editor
When Fished: Early April 2007
Where Fished: White River, Mountain Home, Arkansas

Many fish over 20 inches were landed and everyone landed at least one 20 inch plus fish. Generation was sporadic with water levels being up and down all week. The water fluctuations didnít detour the fishing from biting. We caught brown, rainbows, and what would have been a state record brook trout. More casts were made with catching a fish than without. Flies of choice were Disco Midge, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, and the infamous Watauga Getter. If you arenít fishing in the spring in Arkansas you arenít fishing. We fished many new areas on the river this year away from the pressure and wow did it ever payoff. The average catch for each angler was about 125 fish per day. I canít wait to go back!!!

Thanks,

Jeff Paisley

 

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Posted By: Jay Moore - Middle Tennessee. Editor
When Fished: 3-18-2007
Where Fished:  Caney Fork - Middle Tennessee

Sunday despite a strange generation schedule, I got to fish the Caney Fork for the first time this year. The weather started out cool and sunny and got progressively colder and windy. The fishing was slow at both spots I tried. I started just below the dam and landed four rainbows, the largest about 12". I caught them on a blue midge size 16.
 

After fishing for about an hour and a half I moved down river where the water still had not receded. There were large trout breaking the surface chasing shad. One angler I saw landed three pretty nice fish but I couldn't get any strikes. I tied on one of the thin mints that I tied and hooked up with a large brown on my third cast. It took about 15 minutes to land the fish in the fast water and when I did it barely fit in my net. It was well over 3 pounds and about 20" or more. By far this was the largest fish I have landed on the Caney and gave me a reason to write this report. I had no more strikes after that and the wind blew me off the river and back home for a much needed nap.
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Posted By: Randy Ratliff - Troutfisherís Guide Service 423-360-1468
When Fished: Feb. 2007
Where Fished:  Watauga & South Holston Rivers, TN
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The South Holston is fishing very well for the new year. We are catching and releasing some really nice post-spawn browns and pre-spawn rainbows after the morning generation ends. There are size 18-20 BWOís hatching in the mid to late afternoon, but the hatches are short lived. When there is no hatch, a size 20 Bead Head Flashback Rubber Legged Pheasant Tail has been the hot ticket.

The Watauga has been fishing very well during our winter floats with some nice post-spawn browns being brought to hand. It is so cool to see those mouths open up to take your streamer as you strip it back to the boat. A size 6 Puglisi minnow in gray sparkle has been the best streamer to be throwing.

 

If you need additional information or would like to book a trip please contact us at 423-360-1468

Thanks

Randy Ratliff

Troutfishers Guide Service

www.trout-fishers.net

423-360-1468

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Posted By: Jay Moore - Middle Tennessee. Editor
When Fished: 1-20-2007
Where Fished: 
Duck River- Normandy, Tn.

It was cold. While gearing up to get started, my hands were so numb I couldn't tie on any tippet, but as the day progressed, it warmed up and turned out to be a beautiful day. When we got to our spot, we were the only ones there. The editor has fished Cortners Mill with me and there are stretches of the river where you feel like you are on your own private trout stream. There were several people there when we finished and nobody was catching fish.
I ended up with 12 and Phil landed 10. All were rainbows and a few were good sized. I caught all mine on small green wooly buggers. Phil used the same thing but could not resist the temptation to break out the Trout Magnet and the green cork of death. I think he caught two, but I'm not sure because I try not to watch a man disgrace himself. It's like watching a junkie shoot up. While the fishing wasn't great, I enjoyed the day and the company.

 

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Posted By: Jay Moore - Middle Tennessee. Editor
When Fished: 12-9-2006
Where Fished:  Caney Fork

Saturday I fished the Caney Fork with fellow angler Phil Duke. We fished below the dam after generation had stopped. We started about 12:30 and fished until 4:00. The water was receding and the fishing was slow. I landed 11 fish and Phil caught 5. There was a good mix of rainbows and browns with some fish in the 13 to 14" range. Most of the fish were caught on wooly buggers and thin mints. I landed 3 on a blue wire midge I tied (hereafter known as the blue bomber). Phil cheated and caught one on a trout magnet. The magnet is always good for one fish then they see the green cork of death that the trout magnet people refer to as an indicator, and it's over.
 

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Posted By: Champion Outfitters  877-763-3597
When Fished: November 2006
Where Fished:  So. Holston, Watauga River and NC DH Rivers

Fishing on the S. Holston and Watauga Rivers has been very good for the last couple of weeks. We have been catching great numbers of trout from both rivers along with good sized Browns and Rainbows. The S. Holston has been producing the best size. Browns and Rainbows up to 22 inches have been caught and released during the last couple of weeks with some bigger fish leaving with our flies.

With the warm weather that we have been having this is a great time to be on the water.

South Holston River

The S. Holston has been fishing very well all fall with numbers of 10-14" fish coming to hand. We have also been catching and hooking a good many big fish with the largest one landed being a 22" Rainbow. With the Sulphurs still coming off and Blue Winged Olives just getting started the fish are really feeding right now. Also the BIG Browns have moved into there spawning arounds, and are feeding up before the spawn.

The Trout are taking both Dries and Nymphs very well. Fish are feeding on both Sulphur, BWO and Midge Dries. With alot of fish rising during the day.

Watauga River

The Watauga River is fishing extremely well right now with lots of 10-14" Browns and Rainbow coming to hand. We have also been catching a few Brook Trout so the chance of a Slam is possible. The trout are feeding both on the surface and sub-surface. With nymphs and Dries working at different times during the day. Blue Winged Olives are coming off during the mid-day hours and trout are sipping them off the surface willing. Also the Bigger Browns are on the move into there spawning areas so the chance of hooking into one is good right now.

The Trout are taking Dries and Nymph very well. Fish nymphs when there isn't any surface active, but when the hatch starts you can have a great time fishing BWO dries.

Remember the North Carolina Delayed Harvest streams are fishing extremely well right now and will continue to all winter long.

NC Delayed Harvest Streams

The North Carolina Delayed Harvest Streams are fishing very well right now. They trout are fat sassy and more then willing to take a fly. We there is no surface active fish nymphs and streams. The trout are jumping on woolly buggers stripped across the runs, and trout are feeding heavily on nymph in the same runs. We there is some surface active the trout are willing to take Dries. Great numbers for Browns, Rainbows and Brooks are being caught with plenty of Good size fish.

For more information or to Book a trip Please contact us at:
foreverflyfishing@yahoo.com or toll-free 877-763-3597

Thanks,
Rod and Matt Champion
Champion Outfitters
877-763-3597

 

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Posted By: Jay Moore
When Fished: 11-11-2006
Where Fished:  Duck River, Normandy, TN

Sunday I fished the Duck for the first time since late Spring. The water usually gets too warm for trout in the Summer months. The weather Sunday was cool and cloudy and I was the only one on the river. I fished the water at and below Cortners Mill. I landed 26 fish mostly on an assortment of wooly buggers that I tied. I caught two on zebra midges. I ended up with 24 rainbows, one blue gill, and one redeye bass. I had a nice smallmouth on that got away. There seemed to be a lot of fish below the dam at Cortners Mill, and I landed about half of my total catch in the waters downstream. All in all, it was a great day on the river and now that I know the fish are back, I'll be back soon.
 

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Posted By: Jay Moore
When Fished: Labor Day Weekend 2006
Where Fished:  Caney Fork, Middle, TN

The fishing has slowed on the Caney Fork. I think this is due to warmer temperatures, too many fish taken from the river, and the fact that by this time of year every fish has seen every fly, worm, power bait, corn, bread, and every lure you can imagine. Having made my excuses, I caught 11 trout. Most were rainbows and there were a few 14" to 16". The cool part about the fish I caught is that they were all landed on flies that I tied. I would tell you what they were, but since I am new ti tying, I just tied some with whatever I had and there are some weird looking flies in my fly box. Monday I caught 7 trout on 7 different flies. I have never had that happen before. Everything worked once, and try as I might; after I landed one fish I could not get a second on the same fly. The good news is the flies worked once. The bad news is the flies worked once.


Another story from my trip concerns a friend of mine. Let's call him Phil. We were fishing when the generators started up and the water started coming up.   We headed downstream to get out of the river and as it sometimes happens, the fish started biting. I suggested several times that my friend should get out and get on dry land. He persisted in fishing and when he did try to get out, he stepped in a hole. Instead of backing up and going around, he tried to push through. Next thing you know the water is up to his neck and he starts to swim with full waders. I was only about twenty feet from him and was torn between laughing and wondering if I was going to have to save him. To make a long story short; he is safe. The game warden was wondering what he was trying to do, but was kind enough to let him ride up the boat ramp since he was having trouble walking. I did tell my friend (who asked not to be named) that I was going to pull him in with my fly rod, but I was concerned the two piece might pull apart and then we would have to drag the river for his body so I could pry the tip of my rod from his cold dead hands.
 

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Posted By: Jeff Paisley
When Fished: 8-13-06
Where Fished:  South Holston River, TN

Charlie Garwood and I fished the South Holston yesterday. Lots of hungry fish every where. I caught 35 and Garwood had to catch close to that amount. The bite was strong all day on a size 18 copper john. Everyone I talked to was catching fish. We were still catching fish when generation hit and ran us out of the river. The Holston can be tough but fishing falling water over there can yield many fish in just a few minutes. Good luck to all.

 

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Posted By: Jay Moore
When Fished: 7-22-06
Where Fished:  Caney Fork, Middle Tn

By now anyone that reads these reports is probably getting tired of hearing about me catching fish on the Caney Fork. I do tend to fish the same areas with similar results. The reason I am writing this report is that this time my friend Phil Duke and I met at a local fly shop to get the real scoop on fishing the Caney. I won't mention the name of the shop, but they told us the only thing to fish with were scuds. Scuds, scuds, and more scuds, the fish will not take any large flies. When I mentioned any of the flies I had been using, they told us no way, the fish won't take them. To make a long story short, I landed 31 fish and had 6 or 7 more get off. I caught all but one on wooly buggers. The other I caught on a Red Ass emerger. Neither of us caught a fish on a scud. Of course if I went back to the shop, they would tell me I could have caught 60 if I used what they told me, but a 30+ fish day always makes me happy.
 

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Posted By: Jay Moore
When Fished: 7-16-06
Where Fished:  Caney Fork, Middle Tn

The last two Sundays I fished the Caney with good results. This Sunday I caught 16- 1 brown, 13 rainbows, and 2 stripers. Most were landed on an olive woolly bugger, but I caught a few on a copper john and one on a dry. The previous Sunday I landed 21 or 22 fish. One was a striper and the rest were a mix of browns and rainbows. Most of the fish were caught on a soft hackle emerger. I was given the fly Sunday morning by a fellow Texan I met while putting on my gear. His name is Joe Sutter ( hope I spelled that right). Joe had tied some of the flies the day before and that worked great. We fished a small spot of fast water and I caught 19 fish in about an hour and a half. All but three were landed on emergers. I did get the other three in on a dry fly which is always fun. Thanks Joe for your help.
 

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Posted By: Seth Thompson
When Fished: This Spring
Where Fished:  Susquehanna Flats, MD &. Buzzard Bay Flats, NC

MD RockfishFished the Susquahanna Flats this weekend with my good friend Greg Loker. Fishing was slow but we had a great time. Day one started off with two retards cruising the flats in search of stripers. Not knowing what we were doing, we jumped in line around the flats searching for breaking fish. BAM! we start seeing breaking fish about a hundred yards out. We get over there pretty quickly...Greg starts throwing poppers in hopes of a big bang.....Nothing.....Cast after cast....Nothing. What the heck! We start looking a little closer and....Was that a striper? I ask Lok. Was that fish yellow?? What the???? We were right in the middle of gulping buffaloe carp. We found the spawning grounds of fat yellow footballs looking like Steven Tyler trying to swim with their big lips blowing kisses at us. Next spot. Decided to fall in line towards the southern end of the flats. Started throwing a Red and White Bunny Killer. Not a hit. Switched up to a Chartruese Bunny Killer. First cast..Bang 24"  rock on the first cast. Followed up with a few dinks then............Big mamma hit. The big rock came to the surface twice before she knew she was hooked. I knew she was big, but my master flats guide Loker kept saying ďI see color" but wouldn't tell me how big that color was. Thinking it was going to be a quick fight, I started putting pressure on her. She came up one time and to Gregs and I surprise there was another hog riding with her. It was our first good look at her. Over 30" for sure. Well, thirty minutes later (on an 11wt.) she was at the boat. Greg gave her a bear hug at the boat and it was over. 34" rock fish on the fly. NC RedfishBunny Killer did the trick. We took some quick pics and got her in the water. A few minutes later...she was off to catch another day. Great trip and a great fish.

The next day we were hitting spot after spot....no fish...one dink. While we were in transit I look to my left in time to see my new 11wt. rod with my new mach VI reel fly out the back of the boat! Gone! We turned quickly to see.....nothing. It was gone. Or was it. We checked the GPS to check our trail. Greg and I both grabbed the spinning gear and tied on some heavy jigs. Greg tied an extra lure with two sets of treble hooks. We made pass after pass to no avail. I told Lok that we would make two more passes. Second to last pass....nothing. Last pass...hope gone...feeling sick to my stomach...an hour searching only hooking a zebra clam...towards the end of the drift...Lok says.."I think I've got something. I threw the boat in reverse..slowly Greg reels in...Maybe...maybe..Out of the darkness comes my fly line! I grabbed the line and a second later the rod was recovered. The treble hook happened to hook the fly line and drag it in. I was so happy and thankful to Greg, I bought him a slice of pizza and a beer. What are friends for! Thank you again Lok.
Chartruese Bunny Killer

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Posted By: Jay Moore
When Fished: 6-24-06
Where Fished:  Caney Fork - Middle Tennessee

Sunday I got to fish the Caney Fork River. The generation schedule has been good on the weekends the past few weeks. There was heavy fog on the river and I have always had good luck on the Caney when it is covered in fog. Sunday was no exception. I landed 17 fish and had at least 10 more hooked that got off. I caught 4 stripers, 6 browns and 7 rainbows. All were caught on a size 10 olive wooly bugger. I tried other colors, nymphs, and midges and did not even get a bite. The best fish landed were a brown and a rainbow that went about 16". I caught several more 12" or better. I have heard of 6 and 8 pounders caught on the Caney, but the two I caught were as big as any I have ever actually seen landed. Game wardens put in a regular appearance on the Caney Fork, so if you go, make sure you have the proper license.
 

At about 9:30 the fish stopped biting. It is the strangest thing to witness. I waded downstream fishing all the way for about an hour between 9:30 and 10:30. I never got a bite, and no one I talked to had either. It's like the fish are on the clock and they clock out at 9:30. It's been this way every time I fished the river in warm weather. I am open to suggestions.
 

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Posted By: Murdockspawn (Jake Murdock - Editorial Offspring)
When Fished: 5-26-2006
Where Fished: Chinpaquin Lake or "the pond"  (Delayed Harvest)

 The day I graduated 8th grade my father packed me up in his Isuzu Trooper and took me for the ultimate end of school recreation, eating at Mazzini's Italian Restaurant.  Okay, well that wasn't the ultimate, but going fishing with my Dad was.


Enough with all that, letís get to the fishing story. Someone has stocked some crappie by the small pier at the pond, which kept biting my prince nymph, which caused me to set the hook, and over time I had caught 6 or 7 moderate sized crappie. My Dad, who happens to be the editor of this web site, took a dry fly to the side of the pond covered by trees and made a couple of sidearm casts that got him a nibble or two but no real strikes, once he moved out into the open and was able to cast into deeper water, he hooked a medium sized rainbow, and then 15 minutes later, caught another nice trout. even though he caught two trout and some crappie, I still proclaim myself the victor of the fish count.

(editorís note - Jake is the editorís number 1 son and is fast becoming quite a fly caster.  Look for more articles about fly fishing through the eyes of a teenager in the near future. Oh and I caught a few more fish than he gives me credit for, but he did technically out fish me.)

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Posted By: Jay Moore
When Fished: 5-19 & 20-2006
Where Fished: Watauga River, TN
 

I just got back from a two day guided fishing trip to the Watauga River in Eastern TN. with my boss and 10 other people. We floated the Watauga in drift boats, two people fishing per boat. Friday the water was very cloudy due to recent rains and the fishing was pretty slow. We were fishing with a wide assortment of nymphs, many I could not name. Most were sulfurs and some version of a prince, sizes varied from 14 to 22. Most of the flies were tied by our guides and probably did not have a name. Our boat landed 12 fish the first day. I caught 7 and had probably had another 7 fish get off. We both missed a lot of fish. Neither of us had much experience catching fish in fast deep water.

Saturday was much better for me. I landed 14 and had another 5 or 6 on that I did not get in. I landed 5 on dry flies, the rest on nymphs. The largest fish caught in our group was a 21" brown. The largest I land was 16 or 17" rainbow. Of course the fish I did not get in were much larger. We used the Foscoe guide service out of Boone, NC. and they were all great. Some of our group caught 15 to 20 a day. We stayed at the Chetola Inn at Blowing Rock which was very nice. The only problem was that it was an hour and a half drive each way to the river, so we lost a lot of fishing time. Sorry I can't be more specific on the type of flies we used, but they are a well kept secret.
 

(editorís note - Itís not like Jay to be all secretive about fly selection, I think the guides he was fishing with must have paid him off. The next time I see him I will see if a few Fosterís Oil Cans wonít do the trick to get him to fess up. )

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Posted By: Jay Moore
When Fished: 5-13-06
Where Fished: Caney Fork Middle Tn
 

After our trip to the Watauga a week ago, I was not sure what to expect. I only landed seven fish in three days on what I have been told is one of the best trout rivers in Tn. (editorís note: Not sure Jay believes us now)
Saturday I finally got to fish the Caney Fork for a few hours. They were turning on the generators at 9:00 am., so I had to get there early. I put in at Happy Hollow and fished downstream to start and then finished fishing upstream at a spot where I have caught some nice rainbows. I landed 34 fish in about four hours, all but one on size ten wooly buggers. I caught one brown on a sulfur dry fly. One brown on a copper woolly bugger, 18 browns and 13 rainbows on an olive woolly bugger. I also landed one striper. Several of the rainbows were 12 to 15 inches and had four or five on the reel. I had probably five that were in the 14" range. I had a great time and restored my faith in my ability to catch fish. The generation schedule on the Caney has been brutal. That was only the second time I have fished it this year.
 

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Posted By: Jay Moore
When Fished: April 30, 2006
Where Fished Duck River, Normandy, Tn.
 

Those of you that read these reports are probably tired of hearing about the Duck River, but I haven't been able to fish the other rivers due to generation schedules. Sunday morning I decided to go fishing in the rain. This should give some clue to what my home life is. It was cold, wind blowing 25 to 30 mph, and raining so hard I got wet underneath my rain gear. While the weather was less than perfect, the fishing was good. I caught 30 total fish, and landed my first large mouth bass on a fly rod. I was fishing with a olive wooly bugger and felt a strike. As soon as I set the hook, I knew I had something big on. My rod was bent double and line was flying. I finally got the fish up close and realized it was a bass, the first one I had ever seen in the Duck. The bass was about 18" and weighed about 2 lbs. I also caught a few bluegill and about 20 rainbows. Some of the rainbows were over 12" which is pretty good for the section I was fishing. Almost all were landed on olive and brown wooly buggers size 10.
 

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Posted By: Jay Moore
Date Fished: 4-27-06
Where Fished: Duck River-Normandy, Tn.
 

Phil Duke and I tried our luck on the Duck late Thursday afternoon. The weather was perfect and the fishing was pretty good too. I caught 15 or 16 most of which were rainbows about 10" in size. Phil caught between 20 and 25 about the same size as what I caught, but he was using The Trout Magnet. I have not gone over to the dark side, so I used a mixed bag of wooly buggers, and nymphs. As it often seems, every fly I tried seemed to work once.
Just about dark we got into a mayfly hatch up close to the dam. There was not enough light to tie on the right dry fly, so I tied on a Cahill which had the largest eye on it. I think I landed 4 fish. Phil was using an unidentified fly with a red parachute and he was landing them left and right. All in all given the short time we were on the river, it was a great day.
 

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Posted By: Champion Outfitters

4-24-06

Where Fished: Tennesseeís South Holston River & NC Delayed Harvest

The S. Holston River in E. Tennessee is HOT. The BWO Hatch in dying off and the PMD Hatch is just getting started. The fish have moved up into the head of the runs and are feeding heavily on both nymphs and dry flies. With the fish moved up and feeding it really gives you a chance at a lot of big trout. We have been catching lots of 10-16Ē fat hard fighting Browns and Rainbows. We are also hooking a good many bigger fish. One of our Clients Ray Baird caught and released a 25Ē Brown last week with several other big trout being hooked or landed in the 18-22Ē range. This is just a great time to be on the water with heavier flows, and even murky water it just makes the fish less spooky an easier to catch. This kind of fishing will not last long. So book your trip today.

The Caddis Hatch is coming off on the Watauga River, and the trout are willing to take them. The NC Delayed Harvest streams are hot as a firecracker. There are a lot of good sized trout, and they are willing to take a fly. These are great rivers to learn how to fly fish or just have a great time. Champion Outfitters

This picture is a one of the many S. Holston Brown trout that we caught in the last week. A good many fish were caught and release in that size range.

Rod and Matt Champion

Champion Outfitters

877-763-3597

www.championoutfitters.com

 

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Posted By: Jay Moore

When: 4-16-06

Where Fished:  Duck River, Normandy Tn.

Sunday I fished two different sections of the Duck River. Both were very crowded. At one spot, a guy had driven his truck into the river and stoppped right in the middle. People were trying to fish and you had wonder what was he thinking. I have never seen so much trash left behind in my life. Someone had even thrown one of the trash cans from the parking lot into the river. Despite all that, I landed 18 fish. I caught 2 crappie, one perch, 14 rainbows, and one unidentified ( no clue what that fish was). I landed them on a variety of wooly buggers,nymphs, and midges. Everything seemed to work once. I think I will fish a more remote place on Holidays from now on.

 

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Posted By: Jay Moore
When: 3-25-06
Where Fished: Duck River- Normandy Tn.
Saturday I fished the lower section of the Duck river with fellow angler Phil Duke. Between the two of us we caught about 75 fish. One of the things I enjoy about fishing the rivers in Tn. is you never know what you are going to catch.
I caught 1 yellow perch, 1 blue gill, 6 black crappie, and 32 rainbow trout. Most were caught on olive and brown wooly buggers size 10. I caught 6 or 7 on a size 12 grey ghost using a sinking line and 2 or 3 on a copper John. That's the fist time I have landed 40 fish in one day. I did not use any Trout Magnets, Phil did and had a blast trying to hook fish. I don't know how many he landed with the Trout Magnet, but it was fun watching him try.
 

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Posted By: Jay Moore
Date Fished: 2-12-06
Where Fished: Caney Fork Middle Tn.
 

I haven't sent in many reports in the last few months because there hasn't been much going on. Generation schedules have kept me off the rivers almost every weekend. I have caught a few trout on the Duck River but nothing to write about. Sunday I had a good day on the Caney Fork, not a magical day like our editor. I caught 12 rainbows and 1 brown trout all on olive or copper wooly buggers size 10. I did catch the two largest trout I have ever landed on the Caney. The first one was 14" and on the next cast I caught one that was almost 16" and was probably 1 1/2 pounds. I even got to use my new net.
 

Lee Murdock has asked me to report on my new fly rod and reel. My cousin and brother in law both bought a Hexagraph fly rod and after using them a time or two, I had to get one. I have been fishing a Fly Logic and while it is a great rod, there is no comparison. The Hexagraph rod is effortless. I cast it all day in windy conditions and did not get tired at all. It is an 8.5' 5 wt. I bought an Orvis Battenkill BBS III reel to go with it and the whole set up is great. I found with the Hexagraph rod that I could cast into winds that before had blown me off the river. Every now and then you can get them without the gloss finish, and you can save about $400.00. The rods are laid up like a bamboo rod in a hexigraph shape. The manufacturer claims they are unbreakable. We'll see the next time I fall in.
 

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Posted By: Editor
Date Fished: March 4th, 2006
Where Fished:  Helton Creek, near Jefferson NC (Delayed Harvest)

Saturday Jeff Paisley, Charlie Garwood and myself fished the delayed harvest section of Helton Creek which is located near Jefferson, North Carolina. The weather was sunny but temps were in the 20's. The water was not nearly as low as I expected it to be and fish were seen holding in both the deep holes and shallow riffles.  The fishing was excellent and it seemed that they would take just about any properly presented fly. The stream appeared to have been stocked recently. I caught several fish on a size 18 copper john and then switched to a size 16 wooly bugger type fly (one I tie myself) and continued catching lots of trout. The highlight of the day for me was catching a 19 inch rainbow trout.

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Posted By: Jeff Kurtzman
Date Fished: January 8, 2006
Where Fished:  Elk River, TN
 

It was a beautiful day for the first fishing trip of the new year. With the warm weather there were some midges and a few small mayflies hatching but no fish rising. I fished from about 12:45 to 3:00pm and caught 5 rainbows and lost 3 others. They were 9-12 inches and varied from obvious stocked fish to others that looked and fought like wild fish. Maybe these grew from stocked fingerlings. The fish fought hard, jumped and put on little runs so it was a good day. I fished a 14 bh pheasant tail and a bead head black zebra midge about size 20 and caught fish on both. I tried black and green wooly buggers but didn't catch anything on them. The water seemed a little cloudier and higher than it normally is when the water is off. Some other anglers said they didn't do well but I was just happy to catch a few fish and be outside on a nice day in January.

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Posted By:Jay Moore

Aka (the guy who fishes as much as we wish we could)

Date fished: 12-18-05

Where Fished: Duck River, Caney Fork, And Elk Rivers,TN

I got to do a lot of fishing this weekend and I started Friday on the Duck. Fishing was slow all day, I caught 3 small rainbows and 1 perch, all on wooly buggers. Saturday I fished the Caney Fork after they stopped generating. I have never had much luck after the generators are turned off. This day was no exception. I caught 1 rainbow and 2 brown trout ( one on a Lee Murdock tied fly). Monday I fished the Elk and caught 26 rainbows. Some of these fish were very nice, in the 3/4 to 1 pound range. I caught 14 on an olive wooly bugger size 10. The rest I caught on something called The Trout Magnet. A friend of mine gave them to me for Christmas. I'm not sure what size hook they are, but they come in several colors and are fished with a large strike indicator. I was fishing a deep pool and I got a bite almost every cast. I never thought the fish would hit with that large strike indicator(I had been fishing a nymph under a small dry fly with no luck). The fish I caught were much larger than the ones I was catching on the wooly bugger. The Trout Magnet is heavy and hard to cast. I kept breaking them off and went to 3x tippet and then they stayed on. I landed 12 fish in about an hour and it was so easy, it felt like cheating so I switched back to a wooly bugger and caught 5 on the way to the truck. The spots were hard to get to but I will find them again.
 

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Posted By:Jay Moore

Aka (the guy who fishes as much as we wish we could)

Date fished: 12-18-05

Where Fished: Duck River, Normandy,TN

Once again I fished the Duck River on Sunday mainly because TVA was generating on the other rivers. It was below freezing when I started fishing, and it was slow to begin with. The water flow was high and I could not get to my favorite spots, but I caught 13 rainbows all 8-10 inches in about three hours. The only thing I could get them to hit was a bead head wooly bugger. The sun came out and the weather was beautiful for this time of the year, and the fish quit biting so I went home and watched football and drank beer. Not a bad day.

(editorís note:  Jay is really starting to get on my nerves with all of his recent fishing success.  He makes me feel embarrassed that I have let mere freezing temps keep me out of the water.)

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Posted By:Jay Moore

Date Fished: 12-4-05

Where Fished: Duck River, Normandy,TN

I fished the Duck River on a cold wet Sunday morning. The wind was blowing and I was wondering what I was doing up at dawn freezing my tail off just to fish. Lee Murdock, the editor of Fly Fish Magazine and my Corp. credit manager was supposed to go with me but could not make it. He did contribute some of the ugly flies he ties and I caught a few on one of them. I landed most of the fish I caught on thin mints and olive and brown wooly buggers. I ended up with 35 rainbow trout and 1 yellow perch. That was a new record for one day for me. I landed them all in four hours and called it a day. The fish made the weather seem warmer and I didn't fall this time, so it was a good day. Sorry you missed it Lee.
 

(editorís note:  The one time I canít get a Monday flight from Nashville and Jay catches 35 fish! Drat my luck! ...oh and the flies werenít that ugly)

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Posted By: Jeff Paisley

Date Fished 11-25-05

Where Fished: The South Holston River (E. TN)

The temp was cold but the fishing was hot. After breaking the ice from the rod guides my line tighten and the first big brown of the day was landed. Many of the fish were caught on a size 20 midge. The temp raised to around 30 degrees in the afternoon and the browns started taking dry flies. 4 over 16 inches were taken on dry flies. Score Paisley 20 Garwood 6. until next time may your line stay tight.
 

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Posted By: Jay Moore

Date Fished 11-26-05

Where Fished:  The Elk & Duck Rivers ( Middle TN)

Saturday I fished the Elk River in the morning and the Duck in the afternoon. I tried two different places on the Elk and caught one small rainbow on a pheasant tail nymph. I fished for about 4 hours with no more luck. I fell down a muddy bank about 8 feet and got covered in mud and had to crawl back up. I decided I had had enough of the Elk and drove over to the Duck and fished for about two hours, mostly to get the mud off of me and my equipment. Then the fish started biting. I caught 16 8 to 12 inch rainbows in two hours. I caught them all on a size 12 thin mint and size 10 olive wooly bugger. Despite the fall and the mud, it was a great day.
 

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Posted By: Jay Moore

Date Fished 11-12-05

Where Fished:  The Elk River (TN)

Saturday fellow angler Phil Duke and I fished the Elk River in middle Tn. We fished some spots I had never been to that were beautiful. I wish the fishing had been. Phil caught 12 and I caught 10 trout. The only one of any size was a 14" brown that Phil caught. The rest were small rainbows. We caught all but a few on a size 12 thin mint. The others were caught on small nymphs of different patterns. I checked on fishing the Duck where I have had good luck in the past and the water is still too warm, but the weather has changed here and they should start atocking soon. The Caney Fork continues to produce the most fish in this area, but it gets pretty crowded. The cooler weather should help with that situation also. I plan to fish the Caney Fork Thanksgivng morning, and will give you an update.
 

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Posted By: Editor

Date Fished: 8-20-05

Where Fished: Oconoluftee River - Cherokee Indian Enterprise Waters - Western North Carolina Mountains.

I took a day and fished the enterprise trout waters of the Oconoluftee River on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. My Father and I fished a section on Big Cove Road, South of Stony Campground. Dad used a Mepps spinner in black and yellow and I used a fly rod.  The weather was hot with temps in the low 90ís all day. The fish seemed sluggish and we had limited success.  I did manage to catch five fish on small nymphs, but all were small and none were trout.  I really think the heat had a lot to do with the troutís slowness to bite.  I might have felt worse about my lack of success on the fly rod but Dad had the same luck with the spinning rod so that eased my pain.  Read the whole tale on our blog.

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Posted By: ZugBug

Date Fished: 7-30-05

Where Fished:  The Trophy Section of the Watauga River.

Zug,Paisley, and Garwood (The Editorial Staff of Flyfishmagazine.com) visited the trophy section of the Watauga River in Tennessee this weekend. The fishing was excellent with the trio bringing over one hundred trout to hand. (Your beloved editor was on wife birthday duty and could not attend nor can he verify the groups claims.)  The fish were biting primarily on nymphs and streamers with limited dry fly action. Most of the fish caught were Brown trout with only a few Rainbows in the mix. The river was crowded with both anglers and fish.  All in all a good day on tail water.  Be sure to watch for the soon to be published story of how Zug lost his britches and Garwoodís boat was almost consumed by a hungry cow.

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Posted By: Editor

Date Fished: 5-21-05

Where Fished:  The Davidson River(C & R section) & The North Mills (Delayed Harvest)

Paisley, Zug, and Myself fished near the town of Brevard NC this past weekend and had some pretty good luck. Each of us caught nice fish. Paisley caught 9 trout on various combinations of Nymphs and Dry Flies. While I caught 5 mostly on nymphs and some on small olive wooly buggers with tungsten beads fished in the faster water. Zug caught at least 2 but he usually sandbags. We saw some nice caddis hatches on both streams. Both rivers were only moderately crowded with plenty of open water to fish. However, it was obvious that we were not the first ones to cast to the fish in each hole that day.  As always, a fly that somewhat matches the hatch and a drag free drift are 90% of the battle.

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Posted By: Jay Moore
Date Fished: 5-14-15
Where Fished: Caney Fork River, Tn.
 

Last weekend I got to fish the Caney Fork for the first time when the water was down. I fished Sat. am. and Sunday PM. I caught a total of twenty fish ( 1 blue gill, 4 brown s and 15 rainbow). All the fish were small, the largest was about 10 inches. Most of the fish caught were just below the Center Hill dam. I caught five on an olive wooly bugger, and the rest on a variety of bead head nymphs. The locals say to use a Copper John. I'm not real sure what that is, but they were biting several different sizes and colors.
 

(editorís note: Jay has now been officially introduced to the Copper John)

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Posted By: Jay Moore

Date Fished May 7th 2005
 

Where fished: Duck River, Normandy, Tn.

Saturday I finally got to fish again. I started about 7:00 am just as the fog was lifting off the river. I am very new to fly fishing and I have heard of getting into a hatch, but I had never seen one until Saturday morning.I saw hundreds of trout and caught two during the hatch. I could not get any action on any dry fly and I tried a lot of them. The two I caught were on olive wooly buggers size 8. I tied on fly after fly trying to match what was in the water and finally just stood there and giggled while hundreds of fish jumped around me. I moved downstream and caught 8 more rainbows, 2 nice bluegills, and 1 unidentified orange colored fish. I caught all of these on a size 20 red and chrome zebra midge. 13 fish was not a bad day, but when you see 3 to 5 hundred you would think you could catch a few more.

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5-2-2005

Date Fished: April

Posted By: Appalachian Angler Fly Shop & Guide Service
           828-963-5050

Where Fished: Tailwater

April brought us some amazing fishing. The watauga held it's annual mother's day caddis hatch a little over a week ago and it was unbelievable. I'm still finding caddis flies in my boat bag! The main hatch is tapering off but bugs are still being spotted on the Watauga and the S. Holston in good numbers. Get out there soon, as the caddis really have the bigger fish up and moving

 

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5-2-2005

Date Fished: 5-1-2005

Posted By: Jeff Paisley

Where Fished:  South Holston River, TN

Fished the Holston yesterday and there are still many fish roaming the river. The bite started slow but got stronger as the sun got higher. A black cronomidge (size 20) was the ticket in slow holes and I found streamers to be the fly of choice in the fast runs. A friend and I landed several fish a piece with very little down time. I got into one nice pig but he threw the fly back at me when I tied to net him. Oh well, just another opportunity to catch him again later. Another fly fishing great right now is the black caddis size 16. Make sure you have a dark wing on it or the fish will laugh at you. Until next time may all lines be tight.

 

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04-09-2005

Date Fished 04-09-2005

Posted By: The Editor

Where Fished:  Chiquipen Pond (Trout Lake), Ashe County, NC

Today I spent about two hours fishing at ďThe PondĒ with my father and my son.  The fish were plentiful but seemed to be biting slow. I managed to catch a brook trout and a rainbow trout on a size 16 stone fly nymph. I also lost a nice fish that hit on a bead head Hareís ear nymph.  There were several other people at the pond but I only saw one other person catch fish and he was using a spinner. I was fishing at midday and the fish I caught were in cover (under over hanging branches) near the edges of the pond. 

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04-08-2005

Date Fished: 04-01-2005

Posted By: Jay Moore

Where Fished:  Duck River Normandy, TN

Fishing on the Duck has slowed down some for Rainbow Trout. but there are still fish being caught. I started about 7:00 am and quickly landed three small Rainbows on an olive Woolly Bugger. I tried several other streamers with no luck for about two hours, and then I moved downstream and tied on a bead head nymph. I soon caught a small Rainbow and then I got into an area where there were some Bluegill. Using the same nymph I started catching Bluegill one after another. I was casting underneath some branches in some wind, but when I got the nymph close to the rocks by the bank, I got a fish almost every time. After getting tangled in the branches several times and having to tie on new gear, I moved back upstream and left the Bluegills alone. I think I caught between 15 and 20 in about 40 minutes. I should have stayed with them because I didn't get another bite the rest of the day.
 

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03-31-2005

Posted by: Jeff Paisley - Staff Writer, Flyfishmagazine.com

Date Fished: 3/26/2005

Where Fished: South Holston River (TN)


Fishing on the Holston was excellent. I fished above Hickory Tree Bridge for most of the day. The bite was strong all day. I landed 27 fish and lost a few more. I even netted a 22 inch brown which was worth the trip from North Carolina. There wasn't any dry fly action at all. Most of the fish were taken on a black size 20 midge nymph.  I did take a few on streamers as well, but the low water conditions made that more difficult. The Holston is holding a lot of fish right now so if you get a chance to fish it, I'm sure you'll have lots of luck. Until next trip may all lines be tight.
 

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3-30-2005

Posted by: Appalachian Angler Fly Shop & Guide Service
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Date Fished: 3/26/2005
Where Fished:
Watauga & South Holston Rivers (TN)


Both of the TN tail waters are fishing well right now. Hendrickson's and Quill Gordon's (size 16) were coming off on the Watauga this weekend. We are still waiting on the Mother's Day Caddis hatch but anglers can do very well right now with any caddis emerger pattern (sizes 16-18). You can hardly make a nymph drift without pulling up a few caddis cases.

The Holston is doing really well with streamers, especially on the lower section. Many big browns have been caught in the last month on big rods and patterns. Dry fly activity has been fairly slow, relying mainly on very small midge patterns. Nymphing has been very productive however, with bead head olive mayfly patterns netting a lot of fish. Low water wading on the Holston has been spectacular.

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3-19-2005

Posted by: Jay Moore

Where Fished:  Duck River, Normandy, TN

Saturday morning 3-19 I got on the river about 9:30. I fished for about 5 hours and caught 13 rainbows. I had two more get off as I tried to get them in the net. I caught 1 on a black bead head Woolly Bugger, two on olive bead head and the rest on a brown bead head Woolly Bugger. I tried a dry fly with no luck. The following Monday, I caught 1 small rainbow and 1 that went almost 4 lbs on a olive bead head Woolly Bugger. They have released some rainbows in the same area that go up to 8 lbs. I am going to get one of those next.
 

 

 

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