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Customer Testimonials….

“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

Jeff,
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

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 May,June, July  2020  FISHING REPORTS

5-1-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, ….Gregg Williamson, Reily Williamson, met Gregg and Reily late morning and we did the upper South Holston, water was in great shape even after heavy rains of a day ago.  We had great water conditions.  Nymph fishing was good, we did well early on with double nymph rigs, caught some nice rainbows……we fished our way downriver and continued to do well.  Took a short break for lunch and afterward fished a blue winged olive and sulphur hatch , both bugs coming off simultaneously.  A good many rising fish, and they were picky unlike days before.  It was also breezy which made fishing dries tough…but we still caught a decent number on dries as well as a number on that came off.  We also were able to get a few on soft hackle flies; we finished the day out nymphing and chucking streamers .  Awesome day , great again to be out, and thankful to be working.  Here are some photos of our day…

5-2-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Duane Bryant, met Duane ….a friend and customer for over 20years….bright and early and did the upper 2/3 South Holston float and what a day, we had one of the best weather days of the year and what would turn out to be excellent fishing as well.  We caught fish early nymphing and with a deep/dry and double nymph dropper rig….worked like a charm.  As we fished our way downriver and got into bugs we switched to the dry fly where we found some rising fish and the situation warranted it.  Caught a bunch of risers on dries, then we nymphed in between the spots we stopped to dry fly fish.  Caught some too on a two fly swinging rig as well.  We pretty much continued this downriver every stretch and we ended up at our takeout around 630pm having had an outstanding day.  Had three plus hours of dry fly fishing to rising fish today which was great….and the weather was simply outstanding.  Probably 4 dozen fish landed…..caught on five different rigs/methods.  Pretty sweet….more of this lies ahead…Here are some pics of our day…

5-6-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Terry Massagee, met Terry near Boone, and we drove in separate vehicles to the river.  We had some challenges due to the storms and heavy rain of yesterday.  One place we were going to fish was high and muddy, blown out.  We went to plan B and did find fishable water though and ended up with some good fishing.   Plan B turned out to be as good or better than I figured plan A would be.  Small water creek stomping is what we did today…most of our Mtn counties got a bit of rain, some more than others and that means higher flows and lots of weight, short casts, careful drifts….fishing less water and fishing the water we fished more carefully…. and we were into fish right away.  The weather today was cold, windy, and from mid morning til late afternoon we had showers….some fairly significant.  But that didn’t do much to affect our fishing, it was good.  We caught probably a dozen each from the first three stretches of water we fished.   Double nymph rigs, large point fly with a smaller fly behind worked well…..as well as the twitch and drift presentations with streamers.  That is a deadly small stream high water tactic.  Produced many fish today, including one brook char over 20inches.  Several other nice fish as well….we also caught a mix of stockers and natives…..several of the most beautiful browns and rainbows , wild fish, you have ever seen.  It was great.  We fished til about 5pm and called it a day, just as some rain/snow mix was on the way in.  Cold day, but a ton of fish caught…..probably 40 or so.  Cold temps and chilly rain have knocked down water temps to upper 40s again so some hatches will see a lull but an uptick is coming with the first warm days returning.  Here are some pics of our day….

5-7-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Sims Riggan, Cole Riggan, we did a full day float, TVA bumped up flows a ton and that made for some changing conditions, we dealt with dirty water with a lot of stuff in it ……for a spell then things cleared up.  Things were a bit slow , sometimes that is normal here for mornings, but it picked up later and we eventually got Into some decent fish as the water cleared a little.  We got into some fish with the usual nymphing rigs first, then found some rising fish, caught some on dries, then finished up with a decent nymph bite.  Not an outstanding float but given the drastic weather change and unanticipated flow change, it was decent to say the least.  Id say probably not bad considering all the above.  May around here is good for a least one weather wallop…..that is where its supposed to be May and feel like May and feeling more like January.  This is our annual privilege of enjoying that.  Here are some pics….

5-8-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Sims Riggan, Cole Riggan, we did some wade fishing with some anticipated heavy rains and very cold weather headed in …we had planned for Cole and Sims’ 3 day trip to do some of that so today was the day.  Early start, headed from East TN over the NC line to a NC water and I figured we could buy time before the worst of the weather moved in…that is exactly how it was.  We caught fish early on, and Cole landed a toad of a brookie that was around 20″…. We fished deep double nymph rigs and chucked streamers a bit, caught some on streamers. We fished several different stretches and caught fish each one.  Had the best fishing though right at the end when the rain set in, the fish turned on for about 3 hours and we caught a good number of nice fish.  We had light to moderate rain, steadily dropping temperatures, the rain was significant but never enough to muddy the water although it did rise as we were fishing.  It was better than yesterday, albeit even tougher conditions that then. Forecast was for a changeover to snow, windy, and 1-2″ for some locations in the NC and East TN Mtns…..and possibly a dusting for lower elevations.  Here are some pics…didn’t get a ton of pics once the rain moved in but did get a few…..

5-9-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Sims Riggan, Cole Riggan, we met mid morning after a chilly night that meant heavy rain for the area and snow for some…it was cold, nasty, blustery and the blustery part would remain for Saturday even though the rest of the bad stuff would move on.  It was cold, not chilly, cold.  It warmed up to low 50s, really chilly for May when you say it “warmed up to the low 50s”.  But we did ok given the conditions, coupled with continued high flows and wind.  We caught most of our fish on nymphs but the mid afternoon, as it so often does this time of year, offered the opportunity to fish to rising fish with dries.  We caught a couple on dries before they stopped rising.  We finished up with a short nymph bite that was decent on the last 3 miles of our float.  The guys were great, so thankful they fished 3 days with me in the midst of what is already going on let alone the crazy weather.  They handled it like troopers and were rewarded with some nice fish.  Here are some pics…..

5-11-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Kevin Solesbee, 1/2 day NC wade trip and it was chilly and breezy to start, and while it warmed up it was chilly in the river most of the day with the passage of another cold front and winds in the 20-30mph range.  We had an excellent half day though, netting probably 3 dozen fish or more and 7 fish that were large fish, including two large brown trout, one of which was one of the larger NC fish I have ever had in the net.  Also netted 5 large rainbows too…..and we caught all our fish on double nymph rigs.  Water conditions are excellent, clear, and about as good as it gets.  Excellent fishing right now, as it should be, its May.  We are now all booked for May and have never been so thankful for the work.  Thanks everyone who has fished with us right through this spring mess.  Those who ventured out were not only safe but enjoyed great fishing.  We finished early afternoon and called it a day.  Kevin had a great day, a great first day fly fishing.  Here are some pics….

5-12-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Pat Burney, we did a full day NC wade trip….chilly start again, not feeling much like May as far as mornings …..can’t remember a May where I started the day wearing a toboggan as much.  It was cloudy and cool to start but would turn out sunny and one of the most pleasant weather days you could ask for.  Pat and I had a great day, he put probably 40 -50 fish in the net the largest being a 19-20″ brown.  Water levels are the best we could ask for as far as NC waters, cool, probably 10-15% above normal level and clear….in other words, ideal for catching lots of fish.  These conditions I always like to see going forward into warm weather.  Makes early summer fishing better for sure.  We caught our fish on double nymph rigs….. one that I love one of our own patterns called a Dead Squirrel with a dropper nymph off the bend…. we did well on an old standard bead head gold ribbed hares ear…and a rubber leg variation that has been killing them.  We fished til about 4pm and called it a day.  Here are a few pics….

5-13-and 5-14-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Bill Lathrop, met Bill and his friend Dave, both up from Atlanta, GA and we shoved off from the boat ramp at 1030am.  We opted for the South Holston as TVA been running 1000 sluice as the no generation flow and it is sweet.  I knew we could be in for some great fishing with cloudy skies and misty/light rain/drizzle conditions.  Man was it on…..shortly after we launched the water began to drop and we were into an epic nymph bite.  Epic…..actually it was insane.  I think for the first three hours all I did was net fish.  Move the boat, drift, net fish.  There were tons of bugs hatching, blue winged olives and sulphur, and the fish had the feedbags on.  They were chewing to say the least.  Dry /dropper rigs were deadly and we literally smoked them with those….and eventually got into a heavy sulphur hatch.  Bank to bank rising fish, we caught a lot on dry /dropper rigs and soft hackles and eventually dries.  Some very nice fish up to 17″….lots of quality fish as well, an absolutely epic day…if we didn’t top triple digits we came close.  Great day….normal stuff for May though.  Day two we had sunny skies, pleasant temps in the 70s, caught a bunch of fish also, but found ourselves stuck for 2hrs as the TVA posted one thing and did another leaving us on total low water/no generation for two hours.  Rowed out late ….good day though still.  Here are some pics…

5-15-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Greg Adzima, red hot week ends same way it started, I met Greg and his son Alexander and Alexander’s girlfriend Tiffany and we all headed to Greg’s recently purchased property and section of water in Virginia in the New River Valley and the plan was to explore and to show him how to find fish there…. and to hit a trout water near him there as well for the second half of the day.  We had awesome weather….made the drive into his property several miles back into the middle of nowhere!  It was great, stunningly beautiful.  We started around mid morning and caught some smallmouth, redeyes, some really large chubs….. not too bad considering the water was still up a little and 58F…..chilly but warming and smallmouth fishing will continue to improve.  But we did well for an exploratory trip…and the second half of the day was good too.  We hit a mile long section of a trout stream near his place and did really well there scoring about 30 rainbows….and caught those on a variety of dry dropper rigs and streamers.  Fishing was lights out in the 58F water.  Outstanding, plenty of bugs hatching, we probably could have gotten some on dries too.  Great day though, here are some pics…

5-16-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jim Kramer, did a full day NC wade trip w/Dr Jim and his friend Cody, it was Cody’s first time fly fishing and we would have another phenomenal weather day.  Sunny and near 80F, about 10F above normal for this time in May in the High Country.  We fished about a mile of water, three or four stretches, and the fishing was good right from the start….as it should be for May.  Water temps are in the mid 50s and reaching near 60F in afternoons so fish are chewing….simply puts, that is guide talk for they are eating like crazy.  We fished a variety of nymphing rigs, dry/dropper rigs, and caught a ton of fish.  Water levels and clarity are perfect, and the fishing today was one fire.  I would say from 9am til 6pm Jim and Cody put over 100 fish in my net.  Cody landed between 40 and 50 of them….I’d say that is a pretty good first day by anyone’s standard.  We caught 7 fish over 20 inches as well….including some large rainbows and several large browns and ended the day with Jim’s stunning brook char….capping off a great day.  Today wasn’t fishing….it was catching.  Killer day, anyway you put it.  I predicted a while back we were going to have a fantastic May because of all the water, cool temps, etc., and that is what is happening.  It has been outstanding.  I don’t think it a stretch to say this week we have put close to 600 fish in the net.  That’s killer fishing folks.  Here are some pics…..