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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
April & May 2019 FISHING REPORTS
WYOMING 2019 ….Our Wyoming summer trips are full….we are fully booked for Aug 10-17, 2019 and Aug 17-24, 2019…… , bookings have been over the top on all trips for 2019 so far. I am already taking reservations for Wyoming 2020, never too early to get your name in the hat so to speak….. normally there are some repeat clients every year speaking to the quality trip that it is, the food, fellowship, true wilderness trout fishing the way it “used to be”….. in a very wild and remote place. Given there are repeats almost every season I anticipate 2020 will fill quickly. Never too early to starting planning for it! Would love to have you join us!
4-4-2019 FISHING REPORT– Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, TN Tailwater float/wade, took advantage of a split schedule on in the morning and off in the afternoon to do a morning float and afternoon wade. Great fishing on float, probaby 50 fish in the net and several quality, big browns. Afternoon we waded low water and got some olives, caddis, etc., and caught another 25 or so to put an exclamation point on an already great day. Sun, warm, 75F made for an incredible day. Busy week, and busy weeks end so report is kind of short but simply put the fishing has been superb. Superb. Have a few days left in April, beyond that June is the earliest next opening. IF you are looking for a date to fish time to reserve it now as I expect I’ll be full soon. Here are a few pics from yesterday…
4-6-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jerry Reeves, Dr Mike Blackmon, Greensboro, NC, NC Mtns, we had an early start , really early start, in expectation of a nice weather Saturday with plenty of sun, and with that the expectation of a lot of other anglers on the water. We got lucky with the rain on Friday, it was widespread and heavy in some areas but we missed a lot of it where we fished, and we fished two different waters. One was in great shape, about as good as it gets, the other was high and very off color, just short of what I would call muddy. Both fished great, we had a banner day, spent most of the day nymph fishing with double rigs and soft hackle rigs and did very well. Caught about 40 before 10am , browns, brookies, and rainbows, several 18″ plus fish included. We fished about a mile of water before lunch and had about 50 fish by lunch, the largest a 21-22″ rainbow landed by Jerry and an 18″ brookie by Mike. We had a quick shore lunch, then headed off to fish another couple of stretches and also one other stream as well and we caught fish like the morning, ending up with just shy of 100 fish on the day. It was excellent to put it simply. Conditions were great and continue to be. This pattern of a several dry days and one day of rain is keeping conditions optimal…..and we are enjoying and reaping the fruits of that. Here are some pics of our day…
4-8-2019 FISHING REPORT -doing a Monday reload on flies, fly orders, catching up on messages, web site edits, and more. Our once in a week or 10 days catch up day from being away on lots of trips. Rain coming this afternoon/evening, rest of week looks great. Looks like thunderstorms, some could be heavy, but they will be spotty. Translation? We are still fishing and if one stream is affected there are others. Only a total wipeout /deluge that is of the magnitude to affect the whole area will we not be fishing. Game goes on; its April (read that ‘primetime’) and fishing are eating daylight til dark and you cant catch them if you aren’t in the water, right?
As of mid morning on 4/9/2019 most local waters remain fishable even after the rains of yesterday. A few are dirty, yes, but most are fishable.
4-11-2019 FISHING REPORT– Guided Trip, Thane Barnes, Stokesdale, NC, NC Mtns, fishing continues to be crazy good and today would prove to be no different, met Thane very early and we were in the water a little after 7am and catching fish right from the outset. Conditions are/were great, water temps in the low 50s to start where we were and reaching 60F by late afternoon. A couple rising fish here and there, but we stuck with tried and true double nymph rigs and a variety of two fly rigs and caught fish all day on them. Caught several citation sized browns, one fish that was over 20″, and lost a rainbow that was huge. Caught somewhere around 60 fish today, it was outstanding. Weather was cloudy and cool to start, but second half of day sunny and mid 70sF. Great day to be outside. In late, out again tomorrow, and abbreviated report as it usually is when that is the case with several days trips in a row. Here are some pics…
4-12-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Art Kriner, Greensboro, NC, Dave Wiebking, Kernersville, NC, NC Mtns, we arrived pretty early to our fishing and in driving through rain most of the way, including some downpours, we expected to have the rain be an issue affecting our fishing. We did fish through one downpour and some showers but for the most part we were able to get in the trip. We had decent wade fishing, probably catching 30-35 fish. The water was high, a little off color, and we ended up mostly nymph fishing. The first area of the day produced a 20 inch brook char, the largest fish of the trip. We caught brookies and rainbows, no browns. We did have one brown on, and it was a large one, maybe 20″ or more, but it came off within a rod’s length of the net. Busy week so its an abbreviated report….but here are a few pics….
4-13-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, William Smith, Chapel Hill, NC, TN float trip, William was joined by his friend Ted on the trip, we met early on the NC side near Jefferson and hit the South Holston. With the 1400 sluice flow it was great for a float, which is what we did. Fished the upper river, caught fish on everything, dries, nymphs, wets, etc., we did not sling meat but could have. I usually find that effective at higher flows, but we did well enough with everything else it didn’t matter. We started a little slow, one fish here, one fish there, and not surprising with the boat traffic. Sunny to start, quickly it clouded up and rained on us a bit on and off through lunchtime. We had sunny weather the rest of the day. Put a mix of rainbows and browns up to 14″ in the boat, no large fish, but a lot of fish…Probably 4 dozen or so. Ted managed a double, two browns at once. Here are a few pics of our day…
4-15-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Pat Burney, Greensboro, NC, NC Mtns, ppd rain and blown out conditions, postponed this wade trip.
4-16-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Pat Burney, Greensboro, NC, NC Mtns, ppd blown out conditions ppd this wade trip. NC Mtns got between 1.5″ and 3″ of rain Saturday/Sunday depending on location.
4-17-and 4-18-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Tim Ramsey, Charlotte, NC, TN Float /wade trips, day one we wade fished first half of the day and got some absolutely stellar weather, sunny, warm, no wind to speak of, and caught a good many fish, probably 3 dozen or so, a mix of browns and rainbows. Used mainly dry/dropper rigs and caught them on the little stuff. We took a lunch break early afternoon, and then did a short flat water, low water float and caught a bunch of rainbows, some quality fish up to 17/18″ on midges……it was great, we stayed til dusk it was so good. Lots of risers…… Thursday we got out really early, hit a stretch of the river for a short low water float and did well there as well, landed maybe 25 or so and some quality fish up to about 15″ or so, a mix of browns and rainbows. It got extremely windy around 1pm so we headed for takeout and had lunch quickly on the boat and then took the boat out and headed to a wade fishing spot for the afternoon. Not many rising fish in the windy conditions, so we rigged up some long light nymph rigs with double rigs and caught a ton of fish, probably 25 or so, and ended the day with some nice fish up to 15-16″. This afternoon was one of the windiest days on the river I ever remember….it was insane during the afternoon. Two good days of fishing though, caught a lot of fish. Here are some pics…
4-19-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jim Kramer, Greensboro, NC, ppd flooding/blow out conditions, will clear out quickly
4-20-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Tyler Johnston, Winston-Salem, NC, NC Mtn, ppd flooding /blow out conditions, will clear out quickly though
4-24-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, TN tailwaters float, started early, all day water, so we did 15 miles on the South Holston…in other words a very full day. We opted to sling meat the whole day, as Ted loves that, and I will say its pretty high up on my list too. We did very well, boating well over 60 fish and many nice fish also. It was great. We missed a bunch, had a good many also come unbuttoned at boatside and near us….great in that I got to test out some new fly patterns…..one of which absolutely killed them. Killed them…..no other way to put it. There was one stretch where we caught a fish on 10 consecutive casts. That’s hard to do with a streamer. It was great, and I got in real late so this report is somewhat abbreviated….busy week! Fishing is red hot folks…….Here are some pics…
4-25-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ron Rhoades, Greensboro, NC, NC Mtns, met Ron bright and early, it was very warm, kind of nice to leave my place in shorts and a short sleeve shirt. Been a while for that….but we were on the water early and man was it good. Like I always say, if you are willing to adjust, work around high water, you can reap a bounty if you are willing to work for it. Ron reaped a bounty today, we fished a couple miles of water and only saw one other soul on the stream all day long. Man was it good, we started off with nymph rigs, usual sauce for the high, clear flows we were fishing. The fish had the feedbags on….and they should. Its April you see, and they eat all day long. All day long. All night long. All day and all night long. I knew when the first several casts produced fish it was going to be a great day. And it should be. Great day, decent weather, high water, the right flies rigged properly and presented to the right water in the right way. That should produce a great day. And it did. In any case, we tallied two nice fish right off, then the next run we fished gave up 7 or 8. It took Ron all of 15 minutes to be in double digits for the day. I fished the usual suspects, the all around high water Pats fly, along with several HE and soft hackle droppers. Most of the first half of the day was like arrive to a spot, make a cast catch a fish. Spend 15 minutes there and catch a bunch of fish. Move to the next one, rinse and repeat. Again, a reminder this is after all the “terrible flooding that washed a lot of fish away”…..all that is nonsense talk. IF you hear that, remember it. Because it isn’t true. That hasn’t happened. Great fishing has though. And Ron managed probably put 60 -70 reasons in my net as to why the recent flooding has done nothing but give us plenty of water and great fishing. In a month or so we’ll be glad we had the water too. We had a quick shore lunch on the creek bank, and after that, right back to business and picking up where we left off. We caught several red hot wild rainbows , a couple of wild browns, and a few brookies. A lot of waters where there are a mix of wild and stocked fish I have over the past two years of high water been seeing a ton of wild fish. Streambred, wild rainbows and browns. All this water helps that. We ended up fishing til about 4pm and calling it a day, just ahead ofthe rain moving in. Great day though, over 60 fish and had a lot on as well that got off, including 3 very nice and one 20″ wild brown that pulled loose after about a minute and a half fight. Rain is coming in…..and it won’t do much to put the fishing off. No deluge expected, just a little “maintenance” level stuff that will keep nice water levels in our smaller waters. Here are a few pics….
4-27-2019 FISHING REPORT – FLY FISHING SCHOOL @ SUMMIT CENTER in Brown Summit , NC, FULL /SOLD OUT
I have partnered with Rob Arends and the folks at GOP in Greensboro to do a one day fly fishing class on 4/27/2019. A very comprehensive one day course for 10 students. We’ve packed a lot of information into an 8 hour day, including: casting, knots, equipment, fishing strategies and fly selection, for coldwater, warmwater and saltwater species. Beginners can expect to learn the skills that will allow them to catch fish on their own, and intermediate level fly fishers can advance their casting skills and fill in some holes in their technical knowledge. We provide all equipment & materials, as well as lunch and drinks. There is a 6 acre lake on the site where we will do some casting and fishing for a few hours as part of the class.
CLASS REPORT : We had a full class, thanks so much to Tori, Chris, Ben, Anita, William, Jeff, Joe, Jim,Daniel for coming, and for Rob Arends , General Mgr @ Great Outdoor in Greensboro for his help in doing the class. We had a great time, folks learned a lot, we made new friends and some new fly anglers today. Ton of casting success too, there were some great casters in this group. IF these folks stick to it they will become GREAT fly anglers. Great casting! We had NW wind, bluebird skies, as a result of the passing cold front…always tough conditions for fishing warmwater but we caught fish anyway, many of which were nice bass. All in all a great day…and a great class. Here are some pics…
4-29-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, David & Adam Carter, Greensboro, NC, 2 angler TN tailwater float trip, ppd/cancelled, had a wheel bearing /rotor on the truck go out just prior to trip and had to reschedule. Here are some pics though from a client who buys a lot of custom flies from me….he and his daughter Anna wrangled this stud small stream brown trout on one of my custom crayfish patterns:
4-30-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Brian Graham, Winston-Salem, NC Mtns wade trip, stellar weather, stellar fishing. I have tried to reiterate that to all I know , customers , friends, anyone wanting to do trips because of the great setup we had (lots of rain, etc.) for great fishing and today was yet another reason why. We had a banner day, met Brian early at 0′ dark thirty and we hit two different waters, and we did well on each. Caught some with nymph rigs and streamers, plus raised a nice brown with a dry but that was the only dry fly fishing we tried. It was Brian’s first time out fly fishing, and I’d say he had a great day. He landed citation sized brookies and rainbows and had a shot at a brown that was in the upper 20″s /near 30″ but we could not get him to eat. The others, well, they did eat. Brian landed between 40 and 45 fish, and had one brookie that was a stunner….about as obese a brookie as I have ever had someone catch. It was huge. Great day though, the weather and fishing and fellowship was fantastic. Water temps are in the 50s meaning plenty of bugs, plenty of fish, and great fishing….. Here are some pics…
5-2-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, James Brewer, Robbins, NC, Dan Rominger, Stokesdale, NC, 2 angler TN float trip, met Dan and James early and we headed on over for a half day float trip. TVA ran steady 1050 flow and turned things down for two hours 936 and 703 and the water went down a little. Earlier in the week they cut back to 10 so since we arrived on the tailend of the reduced flow we held off for a half hour or so to see if the water came back on and it did. We put in and did our half day float, we did pretty well netting about 35 fish a mix of rainbows and browns. We fished emergers, swung soft hackles, and fished dries. The Sulphur hatch is building and today I saw more rising fish than I have seen on them yet on the upper river. Dan and James were great as they usually are, I laughed til my sides hurt it is always fun to have friends that give each other a hard time or ribbing. It was great, we arrived to our takeout around 5pm in the middle of a rainshower, and there were thunderstorms all around us. Feel fortunate to have missed that but they were around. A lot of places got some heavy downpours, both NC and TN sides, and SW Virginia. There were alot of waters muddy and high, Roan Mtn was one. Roan Creek and upper Doe were high and real dirty after the rain. That time of year though, thunderstorms are a fact of life in Appalachia. Bring a rainjacket. Here are some pics of our day….
5-4-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Drew Seitz, Morganton, NC, 2 angler TN float trip, met Drew and his dad on the South Holston bright and early we were in the water 7am to beat the flotilla of boats and it worked out pretty well, caught a lot of fish early and had a nice foggy morning. Things cleared off and it was sunny and warm for a while. Lot of boats on the water, but that is normal stuff when its a Saturday in May and flow is a 1040 sluice. Everybody catching fish though, as were we. We caught fish steadily on a variety of nymph rigs and soft hackles all day, then got in on some dry fly fishing here and there. Had a quick shore lunch, then found several pods of risers and we picked them off one by one. Shortly thereafter a line of severe thunderstorms with wind, some vivid cloud to ground lightning, and heavy rain moved through so we pulled over to the edge and waited it out for about 40 minutes. After the storms passed, things settled down and we went on to catching fish. A handful of risers here and there but we went back to tried and true. Drew and his dad caught a bunch of fish, no bigs, maybe 14″ the best, but a lot of fish. If they didn’t get triple digits they came darn close. Good day and great to be able to fish right through the weather… Here are a few pics….
5-6-2019 FISHING REPORT– My son Ben and his guys smoking the stripers down east…….100 plus fish days to be had….here is a pic he sent me this morning…. putting his Hatch Reels and Sage X tools to work…..
5-7-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jim Kramer, Greensboro, NC, we did a full day float and water had cleared up a lot from recent rains and we had a good day. Jim and I put in early and fished 10 miles of river and put probably 60 fish in the boat. Lots of bugs, a few risers, we caught fish on nymphs, wets/soft hackles, dries, and streamers, a good mixed bag trip. We caught a handful of really good fish early, some of the active risers midday to early pm, then finished up the float with some quality fish, including one large lake run brown that gave Jim a great tussle on an 8 wt which included several powerful runs and three jumps. Browns don’t jump? Whoever said that? Seriously? Its wrong…. We had an awesome day….here are a few pics…
5-8-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jim Kramer, Greensboro, NC, did another float, got a later start and planned on fishing late…..we caught fish nymphing early to start, then got into a few rising fish, caught a bunch of fish on dries, then took a quick lunch break and got into a few more fish on dries. We briefly switched to a streamer and caught a good many on shady banks….then we got on some more risers and caught a good many on top as sulphurs began to pour off. That lasted about 45 minutes and it started to get windy and looked like a storm was going to come to us but luckily it skirted us to the north and we got lucky. Remained breezy though so we continued to fish but switched to some wet flies and did very well catching a good many on those. We spent the last hour of the float chucking meat and caught several large fish……and made it to takeout in the heavy fog as it was getting dark. Great day, about 60 fish landed. Here are a few pics….