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“Jeff, Thanks for a wonderful day that exceeded all our expectations. We came home so excited, all agreeing that we learned more in the first hour than we had in all our time with other guides. The netted fish, your easy way of being, and your patience and care were very much appreciated. Lunch was great too! Thanks again…..Melissa Malone, Greensboro, NC, Nan Henson , Teresa Hoyt , Atlanta, GA, on a March 31, 2012 NC Trip
Thank you again for 2 super, glorious days of fishing 🎣 You are a true professional guide, in every sense of the word. You were a gracious, patient, attentive, and most accommodating host. Plus you taught me a lot.
I would highly recommend you and your services to anyone. All the best, Kevin O’Connor , Charlottesville, VA, on his two day trip at Dunlap Creek private water and day two South Holston float trip May 12- 13, 2017
January through February 2019 FISHING REPORTS
1-3-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, TN South Holston float trip, killer day streamer fishing, fished the big water today 3020 + cfs , fished the big rods and the big stuff and landed about 25 fish, including several 20s’. The river was up and rolling but it didn’t stop us from having a good day. Put in the work and the time, and you get rewarded. We mocked the weatherman today and won. Got in late and have another trip today so today’s report is abbreviated. Great day though, fishing remains good even with record flows. Here are some pics…
1-4-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Joe & Ian Craig, High Point, NC, TN tailwater float, put in mid morning, flow was 3020 cfs, big flow, I knew we’d be able to drum up some fish nymphing, and we did just that. Water was up even above full sluice flow of 3020, and a little dingy, but we still did well. Forecast was for all day rain, and we had heavy rain overnight and in the morning but then things settled down a bit and we had a mostly dry day. Even a few peeks of the sun…..we caught fish on nymph rigs, double nymph rigs, caught a lot of fish on midge patterns in the huge flow. Fish can see better than you think they can….pretty amazing still they can find and pick out a tiny fly in so much water. We landed probably three dozen or so fish nymphing, then found an eddy 3/4 the way through our float where there were some rising fish. Nailed the first 3 dry fly fish of 2019. A pretty amazing river when you can catch dry fly fish in the dead of winter, incredibly high water, and its January. After catching fish on dry flies the guys wanted to head downriver and try their hands at throwing meat. Big rods, big flies, 300grain lines, and lots of slinging. But , as I always say, if you are willing to work for it and put in the effort and time, sooner or later it gets rewarded. The last mile of the float we got three fish to eat, all nice fish, two of them over 20 inches. Fishing has been good……simply good …..do we really care anymore if it rains? Nope. Here are a few pics of today…..
1-7-2019 FISHING REPORT – Open/Available 1/2 day AM
1-8-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, David Slaydon, Reidsville, NC, Bob Stanford, Greensboro, NC TN tailwater float, Bob and Dave and I did the entire South Holston to Bluff City, the ‘Long day’ so to speak. We floated the big water, 3010 cfs, as TVA still dumping lots of water to get the lake back to where it should be. Not a lot of folks on the water, we saw one boat and they were floating and duck hunting. Fishing wise we had the whole river to ourselves. The weather was mild, cloudy, periods of rain, and we got some windy conditions later in the day as a potent front blew in late in the day. We caught a lot of fish early nymphing, we nymph fished the first third of the trip and caught some fine fish, the best one a fish of 22-23″ Bob landed on a Zebra midge. Pretty impressive as we hooked up and pulled anchor and followed the fish downstream and netted it. Sometimes hard to keep large fish on lighter tippet in heavy flow with a smaller fly like that. But we got the fish in the boat and snapped a couple quick photos and released the fish. Halfway through the float we got out the big rods and decided to commit to streamer fishing the rest of the way. As I usually say, put in the work and reap some rewards. That is exactly what it was…..the guys committed to it and hammered out a good afternoon throwing meat, and put several big fish in the boat. Some of the most epic streamer eats with fish hammering the fly in a boil a foot under the surface. Had several like this, including a violent kill shot delivered by one of the best fish of the day, a gorgeous two footer that Dave got within 200 yds of our takeout. It was a crushing strike , or arm jolting eat, a move by a fish not going to be denied a great meal. We took a couple pics , released the fish and watched as it bolted away. We arrived at our takeout at dark. Great day, two great guys, its always a blast …. High water can be good to you if you let it be….. Here are some pics….
1-10-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Pat Burney, Dr Ken Karb, Greensboro, NC, cold, quite chilly after the mild weather we had for weeks. The guys wanted to do some wade fishing, and close to home if possible, and so we did just that. Water is up everywhere, and that’s not all bad. Lots of new holes and runs in your favorite streams I can guarantee you. We wade fished and got in the water mid morning, the water was high and relatively clear, “green like money” as I call it in the winter. Fish the green and make some bank, that is catch some fish. Right now, as is normally the case in winter, slower areas of the river, seams, seam eddies, deep bends, deep tailouts, slower pockets within runs , that is where you are going to catch fish right now….and that is exactly what we did…fish those spots. It was a little slow to start, which I expected and you should too, but we caught a few in the morning and from midday til we quit around 4pm we had steady action landing a bunch of fine rainbows. Ken had the largest with a 20 inch plus rainbow. I expect we caught a couple dozen total, which I was real happy with and so were the guys, and particularly since we have had such limited wade fishing opps the past month. Junk patterns teamed up with a tiny nymph (pick a fly, a midge, a small stone, small pheasant tail, brassie, etc) worked well, as they should. Takes were split half and half, with the hottest fly a Y2K in watermelon and flo peach. We fished til 4pm and called it a day. Good to do some wade fishing, we’ll be doing more this week…….Here are some pics…
1-11-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, David & Adam Carter, Greensboro,NC, temps to start in the low to mid 20s, it was frigid. Ice in the guides, on the line, cold feet, cold hands, and red hot fishing. We did very well. Met the guys early and we did a wade trip, we arrived mid to late morning to give the sun time to get things moving. We caught fish right from the outset. The water was high and chilly, and green like I love to see it, and the fish were more than cooperative. Actually, the nymph fishing was on fire. We lit em up on double nymph rigs, and landed probably 4 dozen rainbows, three of which were in the 22 to 25 inch range. Pigs…. the stonefly emergence is in full swing, and small dark patterns are catching a lot of fish as they should be. There are a host of smallish dark stones that hatch this time of year, collectively known as “little winter black stones”. There are several species of these, Allocapnia, sp., Amphinemura, sp., Leuctra mitchellensis, Sweltsa mediana, Neoperla clymene, Amphinemura nigritta, all contribute to this activity. They are often called ‘sallflies’, ‘snowflies’, ‘willowflies’, among others. The trout do notice them though, and at lower water levels we can fish dries to them. Right now, the water is high making the nymph imitation a better option. They are size 18 and 20, and can often be seen crawling on the banks or on ice and snow. The fish love them, and you should too. You should have some in your box. Patterns that imitate these are black copper johns, Skinny Nelson, Slim Shady, black pheasant tails tied skinny, etc. We fished them yesterday all day, the rig consisting of a larger point fly (Y2K, Sucker Spawn, Bead Egg, Dirtsnake, etc.) and the small dark stone pattern as a dropper. 85% of our almost 50 fish ate the small dropper fly, even in the high flow. Two of the three big fish ate the tiny fly. Can they see the tiny fly in that much water? You be the judge by the photos below. We fished , had a nice hot shore lunch in the sun on the riverbank, then fished til about 415pm and called it a day. This fishing will be great this week as we had minimal impact from the weekend’s ice and snow and rain and its going to be game on. Best part of it? We fished all day and not another soul on the water….had the river to ourselves. Today is solid proof that cold weather impacts fishermen more than fish. If you want to catch some fish and kill that cabin fever right now is an excellent time to do it, and both wade and float options will be good. Here are some pics….
1-12-2019 FISHING REPORT – Open/Available, rare Saturday opening for this old man, snow, sleet , freezing rain is in the forecast…..Sounds like a great day!!!!! Any takers? Delightfully sloppy day outside…..fishing is great though…..and the coming week it will continue…..lets go fly fishing!
1-16-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, TN streamer float trip, busy past few days , met Ted on the upper South Holston and we decided to take advantage of the continued high but stable flows….as they normally produce great fishing if you know where, when, and how. Our full intent from start to finish was to throw big stuff on big rods, and we were met with the TVA schedule showing variable flows due to unit testing. So , we were unsure as to whether or not we’d have floatable water all day, as they were changing the schedule from one hour to the next. Turns out though we had good water all day and we had another bannner day of chucking meat. Some epic streamer eats, probably all total between three and four dozen including about a dozen or so large fish, picture worthy denizens ……. it was great, cold, breezy at times, and the damp chilly cold it feels like when its getting ready to snow. We had cloudy , low, gray skies all day…… which also worked perfectly too. In late this evening so this is the report for the day….here are a few pics….
1-17-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Rick Allen, Archdale, NC, NC Mtns Wade trip, chilly day on the river, met Rick bright and early and we were on the river before 8am. It was frosty, the air was cold (20sF) and there was a characteristic nip in the air…..that felt like snow. While there was a slight chance of drizzle later and rain later in the evening, we didn’t expect snow. That’s exactly what we got. We fished double nymph rigs and caught a ton of fish, rainbows and browns, from the first stretch we waded. Probably three dozen fish and the last long deep green run we nymphed before breaking for lunch produced several quality fish, including the best fish of the day, an 18 to 19″ rainbow. We took a break for lunch and that is when the snow squall blew in. For over an hour it snowed about as hard as it can snow dumping several inches (3-4″ ?) in that length of time. We fished another long stretch and caught maybe a half dozen fish more before calling it a day at 4pm, ending in a shower of sleet. A 40 fish day, and got to fish in a surprise snow squall…..my favorite fishing for sure. I love fishing in the snow. Great day though, our last group of fish were all rainbows. We quit and then headed back to a car wash I use a lot and used the bay there to take our gear off. Great day, here are a few fish pics….
1-21-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Matt Baldwin, N Platte, WY, we postponed due to single digit temps in the mtns…will be rescheduling. A cold weekend in the mtns also, we had bitter cold temps behind the front that brought the rain. Things changed quickly , a “flash freeze” where rain ends and everything quickly freezes up and high winds arrive and create an event of prolonged snow showers. “NW Flow” snow showers are what occur, and that is what went on and is going on this morning before it tapers off. What NW flow is is when we get a large potent low moving through dumping a large amount of rain. That is followed by a cold front behind it ushering in high winds, usually 25 to 35mph with gusts up to near hurricane strength (65mph>). When the NW winds start, and blow over the just saturated ground, it forces the moist air upslope . In our area, its a saturated East TN and Southwest VA that feeds this sort of thing. Moist air is forced upslope where the moisture content is magnified and the air is cooled further and it produces a prolonged light snow shower event that can pile up some impressive snows. This one won’t amount to more than 2 to3″ but the winds are fierce. One more day (Tuesday) of this and we are back to fishing. Winter weather isn’t an unusual or ‘Less productive’ time to fish….quite the contrary. Our last day out was really cold (Friday/Sat) and we put almost 50 fish in the net. Cold does NOT stop fishing.
1-22-2019 FISHING REPORT – to 1-25-2019 FISHING REPORT – bad weather across the board, if it can occur between 15 and 60 degrees weather wise then we’ve had almost all you can get. Rivers are up, but settling down and fishable in a day or two. WE are working on a lot of stuff website and shopping cart wise, phone wise, trip wise (WY and others), some stuff may not work as well but hope to be done by Friday. Normal maintenance stuff, always have a few burps with it. Hopefully done with most of what is needed by end of the day Friday.
TRIP bookings for 2019 are way up and ahead of schedule and our dates are filling at a fast pace. I am presently booking trips almost everyday, and our spring fishing is just right around the corner even if it doesn’t feel like it. A lot of good winter fishing left too, and no crowds……and just as many fish. Let’s go fly fishing!
1-26-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, did another full day 14 mile streamer float yesterday, we were in the water at 825pm and chucking away. It was kind of slow to start, moved a few smaller fish in the first part of our float putting maybe a half dozen foot long browns and one 14″ rainbow in the boat. We moved and got follows from others but they didn’t eat. Started moving some better fish halfway through and caught a couple nice browns, larger fish, and it was right past mid point of our float we nailed the fish of the day , a 27.5″ fish that was in a spot we frequently nail nice fish, and that would end up being the fish of the day. It ate one of my personal fave streamers, a fly I designed, called a Jeffs Double L (stands for Locked n Loaded). Actually all our large fish lately have been caught on that fly. Later into the float we switched off to a favorite crayfish pattern and nailed several more nice fish, including one in the dark at the end of our float which was close to 20″. Landed probably 30 all day and a handful of bigs, a pretty good day any day, let alone January. Here are a few pics…