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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
October, November 2020 FISHING REPORTS
10-3-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jerry Reeves, Greensboro, NC, guided Jerry, a longtime client and his daughter’s boyfriend Nick who was from Maryland…we did a 14 mile float on the South Holston and had an unbelievable weather day with temps in the 60s , no wind, low humidity after a 30F start. Love this weather, its just like being out west. We caught fish all ways….nymphing, swinging wets, dry fly fishing…..it was phenomenal. Probably 75-80 fish caught , and several doubles on the day….Jerry and Nick landing a fish at same time and the end of the day when Nick caught a double on the double wet fly rig I had set up….2 browns. It was a great day and fishing continues to be good. All day water makes for great full day high water float conditions. We made a long day of it getting to the ramp in the dark having run the last stretch of rapids in darkness. Great day, here are some pics….
10-5-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dick Simpson, Burlington, NC , NC Mtns, started early and we were in the water by 720am, great fishing to start….we nymph fished all day and water level/flow was great for October, better than in many years. We did well catching browns, rainbows, and brook char. We fished a quarter mile of water and caught probably 40-50 fish on a variety of flies , including some large stuff…..The weather was cloudy to start but eventually the sun came out and it warmed up nicely to the low to mid 60sF…..a nice day. We had a late lunch and decided to fish a different water. We actually fished three different waters. Caught some stockers as well as WILD ones, including several wild fish on our second stop. After lunch we headed to another water. Did well there too with another 12-15 fish. Great day though, 50-60 fish so it was a good day. Several citation fish…. fishing continues to be hot. Here are some photos….
10-7-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Adam Norris, Boone, NC, early start, spent day with Adam and his dad, and his son Jonah and daughter Anna…a string of many trips in a row, the fall season is in full swing and some long days back to back to back to back….but today the weather was excellent, an excellent fall day to be in the mountains. We caught fish mostly nymphing but also caught some on huge dries as well…today was about a family trip where Adam could be with his dad and kids and share some fishing with dad on his birthday. It was great fishing, some large fish, a good many trophy sized browns and rainbows. We caught fish on the usual fall smorgasbord…midges, ants, terrestrials, etc., going to be a good fall season though, we have water flows for great fishing and more rain coming late Saturday so we’ll get some maintenance to current flows. Fishing is going to be stellar for sure. Abbreviated report as been putting in some long hours…..here are some pics…
10-9-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Nick and Kent Woodward, Lexington, NC, did a float with Nick and Kent, Kent is 11 yrs old and both he and his dad did their first float trip. We had good fishing right from the start with several nice fish right off….we caught most of our fish nymphing and got into some caddis and bwos in the afternoon. Fishing was good, light boat traffic w/storm moving in. Kent did very well, catching a good many fish, all of them on his own. He is quite the caster, does an excellent job with line management…which put plenty of fish in the boat. Good day, here are some pics…
10-10-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jerry Reeves, Dr Mike Blackmon, Oak Ridge, NC, ppd flooding /Tropical Storm Delta , blown out where we had planned to wade fish
10-12-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Jim Noble, Charlotte, NC, Larry Pritchett, Banner Elk NC, met Larry and Jim late morning and we had a decent nymph bite and caught a lot of fish deep nymphing w bounce rigs. We fished the Soho , 2200 cfs of clear cold flow even after the rains. We got a fish or two on dries, nymphed on and off, and also caught a bunch on swinging rigs. All in all a great day, cloudy to start but cleared off quickly just after midday. Probably a 50 fish day even though the guys had to really work for them at times. Lots of hookups w LDRs. Good day though pulled up to takeout at dusk. Short reports lately putting in some long days and juggling family stuff too. Here are a few pics…
10-13-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, our day started off in an interesting manner as Ted smacked a deer a couple of miles before the put in …. doing several thousand $$$ damage to his SUV. We fished anyway and caught probably 60 fish slinging streamers. Short report….. up early and out again ….
10-14-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Shaun Redgate, Brian Lambert, Forest VA, Eric Dalton, Nashville, TN we did a half day small stream wade trip, which was a little challenging in the tail end of high water from rain from the remnants of Tropical storm Delta. Water was slightly stained, leaves in the drift, but we still had a decent half day with 15-20 nice fish. We had a streamside lunch and then did a half day float and caught some nice fish nymphing and on the surface with 2 and 3 fly swinging rigs. While we floated Brian waded a short stretch and did well also, second half of day produced 30 fish or so. It was a great day and about as fine a weather day as you could ask for. Abbreviated report and just a few pics will post more later …. been a week of before daylight to after dark days. Here are a few pics….
10-15-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Shaun Redgate, Brian Lambert, Forest, Va, fantastic day, both weather and fishing, cool and crisp in the morning with frost and lows around 30F…. high was 65F so it was a great day. We put in ahead of a bunch of boats and enjoyed great nymph fishing all day, a bobber bite about as good as it gets. It was so good that is all we did all day long, no need to switch. Caught fish on a variety of stuff, the guys fished hard with an A+ effort and they caught a pile of fish, just under the century mark. It was a phenomenal day. Another short report, its the season of long days! But here are some pics…
10-17-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Adam & Anna Norris, Boone, NC, TN tailwater float, we arrived the river midday and did a falling water float with some low water fishing planned in the middle and then the plan was to float out on rising water at dusk. That is exactly how things were/happened….we caught some fish nymphing to start, then dry/dropper rigs on falling water and caught some good ones that way as well, then continued that varying depths and flies rest of the time and had a great afternoon doing that. 12 yr old Anna caught a 20″ rainbow on 6X…..quite a feat with those fish. We were sight fishing a pod of nice fish and she caught several with the large rainbow being her best and best of the trip. We fished til dusk and floated out in the dark. Caught a few on rising water as well. Great day…another long day, another short report…but great day indeed. Here are some pics…
10-22-2020 FISHING REPORT– Guided Trip , Ted Linczak, Summerville, NC, did a 14 mile float, we caught a good many fish , spent the day throwing meat even though the bright sunny conditions weren’t exactly perfect we tested out a good many flies . We had several stretches where we caught a good many fish and some others that were slow. The leaf hatch continues and hopefully that will soon be done. We hooked up on one large fish that came unbuttoned and another that gave look all the way to the boat but would not finish the job. We caught probably three dozen fish and enjoyed some 78F-80F weather in late October. That felt kind of odd with the chilly mornings and days we have had already….in fact, it was almost hot at times. We ended the day pulling up at takeout at dusk. Long day, busy week, short report but here are a few pics….
10-23-2020 FISHING REPORT– Guided Trip, Rick Allen, Archdale,NC, TN tailwater float, met Rick early to beat the crowds with the anticipated nice weather day. No humidity, upper 70s, sunny, dead calm…near perfect weather day. Anticipating a great nymph bite we geared up and put our focus to do that all day, and it was good as usual, we hooked up right after we shoved off from the ramp and we had good fishing and steady action the entire way. Caught a bunch of fish, and lost a bunch as well, had a bunch come unbuttoned too but we still landed three or four dozen fish. The river was beautiful, and we were able to avoid the boat traffic for much of the day…and we caught fish all the way to the takeout…a steady nymph bite the whole way. Leaves are still falling but thinning by the day, soon we will be able to fish leaf free water again. Here are a few pics of our day…..
10-24-2020 FISHING REPORT– Guided Trip, Dr Jim Kramer, Greensboro,NC, postponed due to last minute client emergency, rescheduled to 10-30
10-26-2020 FISHING REPORT-Guided Trip, Dr Pat Burney, Greensboro, NC, met Pat early near the river and we put in …..lots of boat traffic, which is to be expected when its a dead calm, sunny, 75F day in late October. I mean absolutely perfect weather in which to be outside. Color is peaking now and leaves are coming down like crazy. Lots of leaves in the drift, and with the remnants of Hurricane Zeta passing over us on Thursday look for more of this but the rain and wind will actually help to remedy the problem. From Friday on I expect a huge improvement in so far as the leaves are concerned. We put in early, and as I indicated there were a lot of boats on the water. We still had decent fishing though, with Pat putting a couple dozen in the net and a ton of fish hooked, missed, or came off while being played to the boat. We always laugh a lot, and had some great conversation, great to share a day in the boat with Pat. We have fished and I have guided Pat all over the area and many areas out west and enjoyed so many great days with him and today was no different. I didn’t take a ton of pics, Pat isn’t one to boast or get all into pics or hero shots (like me, lol) and that is fine /great. With our water situation going to be a phenomenal November and December. Phenomenal. Here are a few though…..
10-27-2020 FISHING REPORT– Guided Trip, David Carter , Greensboro,NC, met David bright and early and we had the pleasure of fishing all day and seeing no one. Had the water to ourselves. We are nearing the peak and soon end of the leaf drop and I couldn’t be happier. The coming rain will do wonders for clearing stuff out as well as give us great water levels for Nov and December. We have had the best water flow in years. David and I really worked today, but we stayed on point and eventually pounded out a decent day. Lot of missed strikes, fish hooked but coming off, but we still put a good many in the net and enough to make it a good day. Water levels were up and still a bit dingy from the last rain …and there were a ton of leaves in the drift but we caught fish….all nymphing. Water levels were more like spring than fall and that I love/loved. That is great news for the rest of our fall fishing and winter too. Fishing is good and for those waters that have brookies and browns who will be spawning the more water= more area in which to spawn. Its good for fish, bugs, everything! Bring on the water. We caught a trifecta, a mix of browns, rainbows, and brookies, with our best fish an 18-19″ rainbow ….and a lot of browns….which I dig. We put in a long day, called it a day around 430pm, packed it in and headed for the home 40. Another warm, sunny, calm June like day in late October. That ends soon, a big rain coming then a big cool down. To that I say….hallelujah. Great day, great to spend it with David. Here are a few pics….
10-29-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Rick Parish, Clemmons, NC,ppd blown out conditions where we were headed …..3-4 inches of rain and 60-70mph winds….a total mess. This does not mean anywhere/everywhere. Some other folk (guides) occasionally take issue w/something like this when I post it, I guess implying I mean that “there’s no fishing to be had anywhere.” Aside from being false, I never said that. Again, this is my info regarding my client and specifically where we are fishing. My info has nothing to do with anyone else. I rely on my own actual seeing the water we are fishing , usually from either standing right beside the said location, or having just been there, or making a quick text or call to many folks I know who actually live right on the water. Few guides actually live right on the water where they fish. I said few, not all. Im sure some will wonder “why is Jeff posting this?”…. if you want to know the answer to that text me at 336 944-3628 and I’ll give you the scoop.
10-31-2020 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jim Kramer, Greensboro, NC, great day floating high and low water, got in some nymphing , some dry fly fishing, some swinging soft hackles, some sight fishing, it was great. Got to spend time this week with both Jim and his coworker Kyle who is new to the sport. We caught a bunch of fish, and some quality fish, some of the browns are just before spawning. Jim caught a tank of a rainbow, a 23-24″ fish that gave a great account of itself. Great day, great weather. Been very busy, fall is in full swing and fishing is hot….here’s a short report and some pics…