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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

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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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  Aug/Sept 2017  FISHING REPORTS

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8-5-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, JT & Amber Pope, Raleigh, NC, TN tailwaters float trip, met Amber and JT really early and we were on the river before 7am, did a lower South Holston float to Bluff City just above Rainbow bridge…fishing early was on, we had rising fish and blue winged olives in the morning, a common thing in the morning because that is when water temps are optimum….  While we fished dries to a couple of fish we did better targeting risers and fish we could see with a dry/dropper rig and what I call my ‘micro nymphing’ rig I use a lot in low water.  Two flies and a tiny indicator on a long custom tied leader of my design…it worked magic on these fish for half the day today.  We put a lot of quality fish in the boat and several we could see slide up to meet the drifting flies, open their white mouths, and suck in the fly.  It was cool, and next to dry fly fishing or terrestrial fishing it ranks right up there with most enjoyable.  Being able to sight cast to them and see them eat it is incredible and can’t get enough of it. We worked our way through the first section , caught a bunch of quality browns….then down to the next area, caught a couple more, and then worked on one brown in the 25 to 27″ range and got probably thirty good shots/drifts at him before he moved off the shelf he was on and slid off into the deep green abyss next to us.  He simply would not eat.  A big fish, of course, is in a place like that to eat….not to sunbathe, take in the sights, etc., but to eat.  Feel lucky we got that many shots at him….but I know where he hangs out and his day is coming.  Had two guide friends ahead of us downriver and we slid beyond one of them and hit some of my favorite runs, got a three more browns there…two of them nice browns …..and one of them that was caught by Amber that was  probably close to the best fish of the day, an 18.5″ or so brown…..then moved down to the area just above the water plant pumphouse…got a really nice brown by JT that would be the last good fish of the day.  By then it was 6pm, and we caught up with both boats .  We fished one more area, saw some cruising fish but under the post cold front by now bright sunny bluebird skies those fish were tough.  We ended up at take out at 715pm and called it a day.  Great day , some great fish caught, and great to spend the day with JT and Amber.  Here are a few pics…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-7-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Kevin O’Connor, Charlottesville, VA, TN Watauga wade/float, ppd family medical emergency

8-8-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Kevin O’Connor, Charlottesville, VA, TN South Holston wade/float, ppd family medical emergency

8-9-2017 through 8-21-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Wyoming Group, I left early out of Greensboro and  arrived in Jackson Hole, WY by 1pm… this will be our 26th season of this!  I headed south to the Salt Valley where I spent time in the Salt Mountains (Wyoming Range) and Salt River valley and the numerous small streams and rivers here.  Spent most of Thursday in the Wyoming range about 60 miles into the backcountry, some very remote territory for sure.  Good day with Snake R finespotted cutts and Colorado River cutts.   We have had unusually wet weather, thunderstorms, several waters were muddy early today but are clearing.  Will be spending a day tomorrow near the Wind River Range before our group trip begins on Sat.  Been fishing, looking at property, and also driftboats.  Here are a few pics…

2017 WYOMING UPDATE— – Ended up having less internet access than anticipated as we did about 2700 miles all across the backcountry areas of the Wind River, Absaroka, Wyoming, and Salt River ranges…..in other words, on the move a lot.  Had a great trip though, this year’s trip was a little different in that we wade fished and hiked in to some very hard to get to areas, and ended up catching rainbows, browns, brookies, Yellowstone cutthroats, Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroats, and Colorado River cutthroats….and yes, even a few whitefish.  Excellent dry fly fishing, in fact we could have left the nymph box and streamer box at home for the most part, except for a couple quick forays at one high mtn lake we fished called Wind River Lake near Togwotee Pass. Had two anglers join me for this one, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, and Dr Pat Burney, Greensboro, NC.  Here is a run down and a few pics of our trip day by day….

DAY ONE
fished on the Jakey’s Fork and caught a few, then moved to the upper Wind R , which is also the Bighorn River (becomes it below Riverton) where we got into a good many Yellowstone cuttroats. Good dry fly fishing, landed about 30 cutts, one rainbow, one brown, one whitey. It was nice but we remained in a daily thunderstorm pattern and today would prove no different. Great fishing between downpours. Chilly as well when the clouds were over us, warm and nice when they weren’t. Had a great dinner at the Rustic Pine Steakhouse with a Wyoming steak…..the real deal. Great end to a great day. Fly of choice was a Hippie Stomper, a cuttie favorite

DAY TWO
Did some high mountain lake fishing for cruising cutthroats , we fished one lake right at the tree line and caught a few nice cutthroats on midge pupa and wooly buggers. There were a ton of cruising fish, some of them we caught fishing deep with a sink tip line and wooly bugger, a fly I have used for years called a Jeff’s Favorite…basically a weighted wooly bugger with a black pearl krystal flash body. The cruising fish we caught sight fishing them with the same midge pupa patterns I use on the South Holston and Watauga. If you could see a cuttie, cast ahead of him, we were getting almost every one that was accurately cast to. We then ended up taking a lunch break, and fished a high meadow stream in grizzly country (didn’t forget the bear spray) near Togwotee Pass, a small stream that tumbles off the meadow at around 10000ft. We had great fishing, even some rising fish, as the weather was uncharacteristically cloudy and cool and we got a Baetis /BWO hatch. Killed them on dry flies, caught a ton of fish and Ted the best one, a 17″ brightly colored Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat. We probably landed over 60 fish total and then hit one more spot, a different stream that comes out of Brooks Lake….a well known and fantastic cutthroat lake that lies right in the middle of grizzly land. With fading light we managed about a half dozen brook trout and one nice cutthroat and missed a couple of others. All on dry flies no less….. Ended up having a great meal at Cowboy Cafe in Dubois, WY, where some Blackberry BBQ Ribs and Country Fried Steak were the specials….and they were great. Weather was all over the place, nice and warm /sunny interrupted with chilly, windy , and wet periods. Weird weather for summer in Wyoming, even more when its in a high mtn desert like we were fishing in. Best flies were the Hippie Stomper, a tan Schroeder Para Hopper, and a double Adams rig with a 12 point fly and 18 rear fly.

 

DAY THREE
Had a hearty breakfast Village Cafe and then headed up to fish the upper East Fork of the Wind drainage, an area I love for its remote location and very unusual beauty. It flows between the sagebrush covered mtns and hills to the southwest and the painted hills (red sandstone cliffs) that mark the beginning of the Wind River Indian Reservation. Once again we had great fishing fishing a small and little known trib of the East Fork of the Wind near Shoshone National Forest. The fishing was lights out, fantastic, with tons of quality fish up to 22.5-23 inches. Again, it was all dry fly fishing, every good pocket and run held a fish, and it was all Yellowstone cutthroats. Ted won the numbers with somewhere between 30 and 40 fish while Pat landed the largest one, a fish of 22-23 inches. Again all dries, it was stellar. We ate a late lunch, then headed to the upper end of the stream and caught a few more cutthroats, some good fish up to 16″. A downpour that was visible from a distance had dumped a good amount of rain on the headwaters and the water began to get incredibly off color. Eventually it turned dirty/muddy. We then hopped back in the SUV and headed back down to where we were but by then the dirty water had made its way downstream effectively ending the great fishing we had experienced. We ended up getting in the SUV and heading over to the headwaters of the Buffalo River, getting in a fishing a one mile meadow stretch. Fishing was great here, we landed another 25 to 30 fish or so. The Double Adams was the rig. Todays best flies were the Hippie Stomper, Adams Parachutes, and small red and tan para hoppers. We had another outstanding dinner at Nostalgia Bistro Restaurant , topping off a good day with a great meal…

DAY FOUR
After a hearty breakfast at the Cowboy Cafe, we headed out to fish the forks of the East Wind. Overnight we had some heavy rain so when we got to the river it was up and wading was a little tough. We fished a 3/4 mile stretch and landed several cutthroats, a brown or two, and several whiteys (whitefish). Decided to look at Bear Creek and it was high and dirty, as well as the Wind and East Fork of the Wind. We ended up going back up to the Brooks Creek and caught a few brook trout, then over to Blackrock and caught a few cutties….all on dry flies again. We had good fishing all the way to about 8pm. We left and decided to go have dinner, a great dinner at Grizzly Grill. Excellent again as we had steaks and salads…pretty good stuff after a long day of fishing. Best flies again today were the Adams, also caught a few on hoppers.

 

DAY FIVE
We rose early, and headed back to Jackson where we ate a great breakfast at the Virginian. Then we headed down and did a 25 mile trek across the Green River valley and fished about 2 miles of water on one of the Green River tribs in the Cottonwoods that flows out of Bridger National Forest. We caught a few Colorado River cutts , rainbows, and brook trout on Hippie stompers, para hoppers, Adams, and PMDS. We fished til about lunch time and probably landed 15 fish, then headed over a few miles to the other fork and caught one cutthroat. Fishing was a little slow there, very suprising given the good fishing we found the day before. So we headed back to where we started and almost right away got into more fish, including several nice Colorado River cutthroats and a bunch of smaller ones.. probably landed 35-40 total and Ted with the nicest one at 16″. We fished til about 7pm and called it day . One additional highlight was the moose we saw in the meadow where we were fishing. Saw lots of antelope as well, and they were all over. I don’t think there was a single day we didn’t see some antelope. Enjoyed another great dinner at the Bear’s Den Restaurant at Daniel Junction, some of which included Pork Schnitzel….and I sampled the Grilled chicken tortellini which was excellent. We then headed back to Hoback Canyon where we were staying. Pretty good day, and back to awesome weather Im used to in WY.

DAY SIX
We got up bright and early, had a quick breakfast from the local market, then headed out to fish the upper portion of the same stream we started on yesterday morning. Fishing was way better this time, we landed a ton of fish, lots of cutthroats and a few brookies and all on dry flies again. Pat and Ted probably landed around 40 or more fish before we took a lunch break. The weather was great, the only hitch was the western hopper wind that was blowing to 25mph+ at times. But it didn’t bother the fishing, even if it made casting a little tough at times. We ended up hitting another lower stretch of the stream, and it was the same there. A good many fish and Ted topped it off with a stunning cutthroat of about 18 inches. We left there and headed over to the other fork of the stream and ended up catching another 20 brook trout on dries and a lone cutthroat. Same flies but the Adams was king today. Size 12 and 14 and occasionally an 18. Worked like a charm matching the gray “drakes” that were coming off. Had another great evening meal at the Bears Den at Daniel Junction and back to the cabin in Hoback Canyon pretty late. Ted packed up and had an early morning flight to catch.

DAY SEVEN
Ted and I were up at 430am and to the Jackson airport so he could catch his flight home. Got there without a hitch and then I headed back to put lunch together and get stuff together for the day’s fishing. Gas up the vehicle, make sure you have plenty of water/drinks, ice, etc. (normal must haves out here)…that was what I did daily. I picked up Pat at his cabin and we had a quick breakfast from the market. Then we headed up the Hoback Canyon for the day. We started out with some of the same dries that had worked all week and just as the Adams had performed all week it did a fine job again, netting Pat many nice cutthroats up to 16″. We worked our way through several slide areas where spring avalanches and mudslides had occurred, and in some places had to rock hop and work our way slowly through tangles of downed pines. It was like combat fishing, but we did very well. I think Pat ended up with between 30 and 40 cutthroats, all on dries. In most places the Adams or Adams rig worked well, and in places where we had a large fish rise and we’d miss him or places I knew there were some good fish we’d change to a Schroeder Para Hopper tan. More often than not we’d get the fish to eat, and caught a bunch of good ones on the Schro hopper. We skipped lunch and eventually headed back down, hitting some of the better holes again with a different fly. Pat caught a handful more, and nailed one fish that was in the 18 to 20 inch range on a black Mormon cricket….a fish that had earlier risen to the fly but that Pat had missed on the hookset. He got another shot and hooked the fish but it shot under the willow undercut and got into the tangle of roots and broke him off. Easily the fish of the day if it had come to net. On that one we walked back , took a shot at one more spot, then called it a day and walked back. Walked about 3 miles over rough terrain and I think we were both exhausted. Good day though, and we ended it with a good meal at the Branding Iron Cafe with fish and chips and a shrimp basket. Great day, flies of the day again were Adams paras and tan Schroeder hoppers. The black mormon cricket also caught several fish.

 

 

 

 

8-22-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Ken Karb, Greensboro, NC, New River smallmouth float trip, floated a short section of the lower New with Ken Karb and his doggie Tex, it was very windy , warm, humid, the wind put off the topwater bite a bit, we caught a decent number on streamers, then a few on top in between breaks in the wind.  Had several shots at fish in the 20″ range, briefly hooked up on one that came off, the others gave chase but would not finish the job.  Good day though, always fun with Ken and Tex.  Got in late, a short report today…

8-23-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Chef Jim Noble, Charlotte, NC,TN tailwaters float trip, met up with Jim in Banner Elk and we made the short jaunt to the Soho…put in and caught a few fish nymphing early on, the nymph fishing on the 2200 sluice flow has been good, solid, and we did well as the water had a bit of color to it…that always ramps up your nymph fishing success a bit.  We caught several nice browns and rainbows, then by early to mid afternoon we had rising fish.  At that point we switched to dries and started nailing them on top, landed a bunch of browns and rainbows on emergers and cripples before the 3 hour hatch fizzled out around 630pm.  We found a couple more rising fish way downriver but missed both on a toilet flush style take of the fly.  Managed a few more fishing nymphing including one very nice 17″ rainbow with a fire engine red stripe.  Lots of fish, great fun.  Here are a few pics…

8-24-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Jim Noble, Charlotte, NC, Larry Pritchett, High Point, NC TN tailwaters float trip, we did two floats today, the first strictly nymphing as we did a 5 mile float and did very well catching a good many fish on high water drop shot or bounce rigs, lots of rainbows and several quality browns.  Nymph fishing was and is crazy good right now with the sluice flow, the river has a bit of color to it and fish munched our nymph rigs real good.  We did one float early with both Jim and Larry, and Jim had to leave mid afternoon so we pulled out and Larry and I headed back up river for an afternoon float to catch the sulphur hatch.  It was pretty good, we were on rising fish almost the entire time, nailing several good fish from the first pod we fished then we moved from one pod to the next picking off a few in each spot.  Emergers and cripples, all sparsely tied or ‘skinny’ as I call them,  did the trick.  Most fish we covered if you continued covering them they ate it……a good sign for any fly.  With any other patterns the fish have gotten kind of tough.  We saw a lot of folks fish to risers, and after no luck, they pull anchor and move on.  We stayed and caught ’em.  Great day though, we fished through til the hatch was over around 7pm and headed to takeout.  Superb day on the Soho….here are some pics…

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8-26-2017 FISHING REPORT – fly casting lesson , Nick Sweitzer, Lexington NC

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8-29-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Gregg Williamson, Greensboro, NC, David Dow, Greensboro, NC, New River smallmouth float trip, we did an 8 mile float and started out with decent weather but wet, and then had remnants of a fast movement tropical storm to our East.   We caught a few nice fish at the start with the cloud cover and drizzle, did quite well in fact, but then things slowed a bit.  We stayed with poppers for a while, and it became pretty slow so we switched to streamers and started picking up some fish, mainly in tailouts, on white Shenks and JJ specials.  We continued on downriver, scoring one here and one there, and did pretty well around some mid river islands in faster water.  It was the type of day we’d catch one or two, then go 20 minutes or so without another fish, then catch a few more, …..and pretty much repeated that all day until the end of the day when we got a few more on top.  By the end of the day we’d caught a good many fish even though it may not have seemed so because the action was more spread out instead of the start of the day flurry, on /off fishing of midday, and flurry at end of day.   Still a good day though, here are a few pics….

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8-31-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, New River smallmouth float trip, VA, the day started with adventure as sometime after 11pm a large 80 ft pine fell across our driveway, which I could barely see as I backed out the driveway with the driftboat.  Glad I was looking closely, that is hard to see at 4am in total darkness.  I ended up cutting my way out, I’m sure the neighbors appreciated the noise of me working on the tree.  But I managed to do it, and within about 25 minutes was on my way.  We did a 6 mile float, decent fishing early on, caught a good many on poppers, including one nice fish we saw cruising, plus a couple of 20’s we saw in the heavy grass, but we’d pick up one fish here and one there.  Just like earlier in the week we switched to streamers…a JJ Special, and a white streamer pattern of mine the Mini Meat Fly, and caught a good many fish on that pattern.  About 5pm we switched back to a popper and nailed fish pretty regularly, and it was pretty good all the way to dusk.  Probably 40 to 50 fish , mostly fish 12 inches and under, no bigs this time.  But pretty good topwater bite for sure.  We fished til dusk and rowed to takeout in the dark….not for the faint of heart on this water…..!  Here are a few pics…

 

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9-2-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Adam Norris, Clemmons, NC, New River smallmouth float trip, we ppd b/c of the Tropical Storm, rescheduling

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9-5-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, David Slaydon, Reidsville, NC, Bob Stanford, Greensboro, NC, New River smallmouth float, recent rains the river was up a little and had been off color but cleared a bit, we did a 6.5 mi float with the threat of an approaching cold front w/storms and a 20 to 25F degree temperature swing.   I knew timing would be critical, and we’d either hit it right and catch some fish or we’d get a little bit of fishing and then get our doors blown off with storms and heavy rain.  We dodged a bullet, it was cloudy to partly cloudy, cool and windy to start, then warm and windy, then hot, then cloudy again, then some rain and it cooled off.  The storms, while they rumbled all around us and threatened all afternoon, never came and all we had was a couple light showers.  We dodged a major bullet… The guys threw light tackle stuff all day, and slayed them……put a bunch of fish in the boat.  We did not catch a lot of large fish, but a number of the fish were quality ones and we did briefly hook one fish on a topwater that looked to potentially be in the 3-4lb range.  The action was steady all the way to the boat ramp…..I guess we probably boated between 60 and 70 smallies total, maybe more but that is a good estimate.  Lots of small baitfish in the river right now, which is typical September stuff, and that is probably why what we threw did so well.  Made a full day out of it, again trailering up the boat in the dark.  Here are some pics….

9-6-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Paul Wagner, Madison, NC, New River smallmouth float, ppd high flows and dirty water conditions due to rains

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9-9-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Adam Norris, Clemmons, NC, New River float trip, ppd, we had planned to float the New below Claytor but the Dam began yesterday dumping water in prep for any rains from Hurricane Irma that will be coming.  Flows went from 1700 to 1900 to 2900 to almost 4800……and for those who fish smallies that isn’t good.  Should clear out by midweek next week provided impacts from Irma are minimal

9-11-2017 FISHING REPORT – Open/Available ….should anyone want to try fly fishing in a tropical storm.  Im game…..shoot me a message and we’ll try it.  Remembering those today who gave their lives for us…….and who serve us everyday

9-12-2017 FISHING REPORT – Open/Available ….should anyone want to try fly fishing in a tropical storm.  Im game…..shoot me a message and we’ll try it….glad to see the impact from IRMA was minimal, but we did get a good shot of rain for the mtns which will make our Fall fishing all the better

9-13-2017 FISHING REPORT – Open/Available ….should anyone want to try fly fishing in a tropical storm.  Im game…..shoot me a message and we’ll try it

9-14-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, John Morgan, John Holt, Newport News, VA, met my guys in Boone and we had a great ride to the river, lots of laughs, they were a hoot.  We floated the 1200 sluice on the Soho, as they’ve been running all week…which is a dandy level to fish the nymphing is dynamite, streamer fishing is pretty good, and the afternoon sulphurs are still going on up top.  We got into fish right away nymphing, catching a bunch of rainbows on a mix of squirmies and zebra midges .  The water is still pretty off color from its usual gin clear but the fishing has been good….nymphing usually always good when its like this.  We caught fish all the way through and then got into some rising fish and caught some good fish , browns and rainbows , on dry flies.  Tons of sulphurs still pouring off the first two miles of river.  We fished our way to takeout and were on our way back around 6pm.  Good day, really good as the guys do mostly saltwater so river fishing, trout, and driftboats were all new to them…so this was like a first time trip for them.  Good day even though we had heavy drizzle, clouds, fog , rain all day .  Here are a few pics…

 

 

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9-16-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ron Davis, Paul Briggs, Winston-Salem, NC, TN tailwaters, met Ron and Paul bright and early (430am) and we did the red eye morning to the South Holston, as I expected, and as is normally the case Sept can be epic particularly early in the am when there are a few shadows on the water and that is exactly what we had.  We had an epic, fog filled, sun rays beaming through sunrise and I thought what a great way to start the day.  Ron needed to be back for something mid afternoon so the plan was to get an early start and fish til lunchtime and head back.  What would follow, if told accurately, would sound like a lie fishing story.  It was epic, about as good a five hour stint of fishing as you could ask for anywhere.  Fishing the 350 sluice, we rigged up with one of my double rigs and were into fish the first cast.  The first hour or so we caught fish , a mix of browns and rainbows up to 16/17″, on a couple of my favorite patterns for this time of the season.  The water was dingy, as has been the case for weeks with the ongoing generator repair taking place at the dam……and it usually makes fishing a bit off and difficult nymph fishing superb…. off the charts.  I spent time with each , Ron and Paul, and we fished a couple different stretches of river.  After we’d put at least 40-50 fish in the net on nymphs, we switched to dries as there were fish rising all over.  No real big hatch to speak of….a blue wing here and there, a sulphur here and there, a midge or two, the usual stuff…..  which, quite frankly, often is better fishing than a blanket hatch where your bug competes with a thousand naturals.  I’d take situations like today over that scenario anyday.  Just enough of the goods to get them going.  The dry fly bonanza that would follow would prove this point.  I watched as Ron and Paul nailed almost every fish they cast to….it was epic/perfect.  Dust the fly, see a riser, put a good drift over him, done.  Got ’em.  Net the fish, dust the fly, repeat.  We landed the last 30 or so on dries ending a near perfect half day.  Great day….can’t say anything more to make it better….just an awesome day.  Here are some pics….

 

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9-20-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Drew Seitz , Morganton, NC, 2 Anglers, TN tailwaters float trip, did two floats in one day with Drew and his dad, fishing the 1200cfs sluice which has been very good to us…..we met bright and early and put in and were into some fish pretty quickly.  We did the usual morning game with double nymph rigs and caught a good many rainbows and browns, and got down to one bank and there were some risers.  Put on a dry and watched Drew work one really nice brown and he picked him off like a surgeon.  About a 17 1/2″ brown, we caught several others and then moved on down river and back to nymphing.  Caught a bunch of nice fish, rainbows and browns, up to 16″, on our way to the ramp for the first float.  Probably a 25-30 fish float, the guys ate lunch while I rowed us through some rapids to takeout.  Then we took the boat out to head up for a second float to hopefully get on some rising fish.  We did just that, caught a pile on dry flies, risers, probably 25 -30 or so, as we moved downstream from one pod of fish to the next.  Eventually the surface activity fell off a bit, and we went back to nymphing and the guys caught another 15 or so.  We arrived at our takeout ramp at dusk, what a great day.  It was warm, but the 1200 sluice was good to us…..I’d say near a 75 fish day.  Here are a few pics….

 

 

 

 

9-21-2017 FISHING REPORT – unavailable

9-22-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Jerry, Aaron, Nick Hubbard, Summerfield, NC, 3 Angler wade trip, we did a two river wade trip fishing the Watauga in the morning and an afternoon wade trip on the South Holston.  Like most reports lately, it would sound like a lie if told how good the fishing was/has been.  Epic is a paltry way to describe it.  I met the guys and we drove over the hill to the Watauga, and fished some areas I like in the fall that usually offer good wade fishing.  We had great fishing, putting about 40-50 fish or so in the net in about 4hrs, several quality fish in the 16 to 20″ range.  All fish on small flies…….midges, small olives, etc., standard stuff for fall tailwater fishing.  We fished til about 1pm , then took a quick lunch break streamside on the Watauga, then made the short drive over to the South Holston.  The fishing we experienced there was epic as well, we caught a bunch of fish early on nymphing then topped that off with a two hour long sulphur hatch followed by an hour and a half of blue winged olives as well.  Another 20 fish nymphing and 30 or so on dry flies.  I’d say 90 to 100 fish and a good day….. We fished til 530pm and called it a day.  Great day, great fishing continues…..and a reason our fall calendar is booking up briskly.  Here are a few pics…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-23-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Ken Karb, Greensboro NC, Dr Hy Muss, Chapel Hill, NC, TN Tailwaters 2 angler trip, we met bright and early and got an early start and the trip was much like all week…..stellar.  It was great from cast one.  We rigged up with two and three fly rigs and it was game on.  We fished an eighth of a mile section and did very well putting somewhere around 50 fish in the net to start, a good mix of browns and rainbows up to 16″-18″….then we switched to dry dropppers and caught another 20 or so….then double dries and another 20 or so.  I’d say between 80 and 90 fish and then took a break for lunch.  We had lunch around 2pm and the guys wanted to fish another hour and a half or so so we hit another stretch after lunch and finished the day catching another 5 or so on dry dropper rigs.  A stellar end to an incredible week of fishing.  Want to get in on it?  Now is the time….my fall calendar is filling more quickly than it has in a very long time and the Fall is going to be incredible.  Here are a few pics….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-25-2017 FISHING REPORT – unavailable

9-26-2017 FISHING REPORT – Open/Available

9-27-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Mac Cheek, Greensboro, NC

9-28-2017 FISHING REPORT – Open/Available

9-29-2017 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Rock and John Morphis, Nashville, TN

 

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