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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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 January 2021 – March 2021  FISHING REPORTS

1-2-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jim Kramer, Greensboro, NC,ppd high muddy cond where we were fishing

1-4-to – 1-5-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, spent 2 days on both tailwaters …South Holston and Watauga, cold, wet…but a nice day fishing both days with fish on streamers, bobber rigs, dries, wets….everything……short report , concluding our 3 day trip on 1-6-2021 and will post full report after that.  We fished on 1-5 in heavy rain, sleet, and temps in the 30s and caught fish on dries and had a decent hatch of blue winged olives.  First dry fly fish of 2021.  We caught a ton of fish, had a great time, avoided freezing …Here are a some pics….

1-6-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, we did a 3 mile float in Mitchell Co and it was chilly….20sF to start, never got out of the 30sF, pretty chilly.  Water was high and green, ideal nymphing conditions, and that is what we did the most of.  We did get some fish on streamers, including the best fish of the day a 21″ rainbow.  We caught a ton on bobber rigs, 2 fly tandem rigs….lots of fish on the little stuff, even in high flows.  Fishing was outstanding……Im guessing we caught 6 or 7 dozen fish….. and no one on the river… had it all to ourselves.  Great fishing continues…. great start to year 2021 so far.  Here are some pics….

1-7-2021 FISHING REPORT – Big snow coming……mtns, foothills…..this one could be a good one….

1-8-2021 FISHING REPORT – Open/available

1-9-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Shannon Farlow, Greensboro, NC, NC Mtns…rescheduled to later date

1-14-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Terry Massagee, Boone , NC, did a wade trip in SW Virginia, a great day, man was it cold, it was 21F when we arrived to the water, we suited up and were in the water around 9am….we started nymphing and did well from the start…..fished a dry/dropper rig and did well catching probably 12-15 fish in our first stretch we waded..several really nice rainbows up to 17″ and several nice browns…including a 20″ brown also.  We also fished a deep rig with two nymphs and a bobber, and did well on that as well.  We worked our way up to another stretch and did well there also, catching probably 3 or 4 more fish, including two rainbows that were in the 17-19″ and brightly colored fish….wild fish.  We took a quick break for lunch and some hot cider..then fished another two spots and caught some on dry/dropper rig, and a nymph rig, and also about a half dozen fish on dry flies as the fish were eating bwos that were coming off.  We caught about 35-40 fish total so it was a great day.  Winter fishing has been great so far……and should continue….let’s go fly fishing!  Here are some pics…

1-18-2021 FISHING REPORT – working on website updates, also doing some boat/trailer maintenance

1-19-2021 FISHING REPORT – Working on boat/trailer maintenance

1-20-2021 FISHING REPORT – Working on boat/trailer maintenance

1-21-2021 FISHING REPORT – Working on boat/trailer maintenance

1-22-2021 FISHING REPORT – unavailable

1-23-2021 FISHING REPORT– unavailable

1-27-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Pat Burney, Dr Ken Karb, Greensboro, NC, we ppd due to heavy rain in the New R valley where we were headed.  Winter storm for PM Wednesday through midday Thursday….. heavy snow coming , that time of the year though

1-28-2021 FISHING REPORT – Working on a pile of fly orders….business with that has been brisk

1-29-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Robert Johnson, NC Mtns, met Robert bright and early and man was it cold.  We met around 8 or so and took our time getting our gear on….we started fishing a little before 9.  IT was BITTER cold, mid teens 15F to start…it gradually warmed up but never got above freezing all day.  In fact we fished in 20 degree weather all day long….first two spots we fished yielded about 15 fish, all rainbows, and all on double nymph rigs.  We did well on smallish patterns…..a variety of midge droppers and JuJu Baetis worked like a charm also.  The water was up and fairly clear, though not the gin green clear of past few weeks.  IT was good though, we caught several more from another stretch then we took a tailgate lunch break.  Broke out the heater, we had a shore lunch, some hot Chicken and Sausage gumbo, some sandwiches, snacks, a dessert and topped off with some hot chocolate piping hot…..all of that hit the spot.  In the afternoon we headed to another stretch of river and fish three more spots… caught an 18″ rainbow, the nicest fish of the day…..as well as about 15-20 more .  We fished til about 4pm and it was freezing again…..rod guides started to freeze solid again so we called it a day.  Its a good day when you can put over 30 fish in the net and the temps never get above freezing and doing it in 33-34F water.  Plus we missed a ton and had a bunch on that came off.  If we’d have landed those we’d have had a 50 fish day.  Also , had the river all to ourselves.  All . Day.  Long.  That is worth a good bit in and of itself.  Great day……quite a few pics to follow….

1-30-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Jim Kramer, Greensboro, NC, wade trip, Central VA, we fished two different areas…..it was really cold, around 20F when we pulled up. 6″ or so of snow on the ground, fishing was slow to start and we fished hard but two days of nights in the teens and water temp was right around freezing.  Later, we moved to another stretch of water and had some excellent fishing, salvaged the day, it turned out to be a good day after all. We caught a mix of browns and rainbows, some really chunk browns and two large stud rainbows 20″ and 22″.  It was a good day, Jim needed to be done by 4 so we caught a few more and were on our way.  About 25-30 fish total so it was still a great day to be so cold.  Below freezing just about the whole time and under 30F most of the time.  Pics from the day are coming…..I am leaving early afternoon ahead of another round of heavy snow tonight and tomorrow and will be getting ready tonight for tommorrow’s trip.  Here are some pics….

2-1-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, TN tailwater float, Looks like it could be a real snowy day, Winter storm warning 1-3″ snow, wind, bitter cold….1-3″ most areas , 4-6″ at higher elevations.   The forecast didn’t disappoint, for we fished in snow all day long.  It was only in late afternoon that we started to get some accumulation.  We fished in heavy snow squalls much of the time though. We did a full day float doing the entire South Holston, had a decent day and good fishing and probably 50 fish or so total, a mix of browns and rainbows….no really large fish but lots of chunky browns….it was indeed cold though, never above freezing and plunging into the 20sF as we finished the day.  It was great to be on the river though, and we saw no other boats after seeing two in the beginning fishing the rest of the way without seeing anyone.   The two closed sections on the SH now open again, we found good fishing on the upper and so so fishing on the lower.  But it was great to be on the river with a great client enjoying a blizzard like day catching wild browns.  Here are some pics…

2-2-2021 FISHING REPORT – will be catching up on fly orders all week as well as doing the annual spring update/purge on our website updating with new info….supposed to be bitter cold a couple days so a great time to get this all done…if I can take a break from the water to do it….  Our annual spring website update is quite an undertaking as I do this in house all by myself, and always have, and it takes a lot of time to do edits…!  Also finishing up boat maintenance…

2-8-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Terry Massagee, Boone, NC, TN Tailwater, we did a 6 mile float and I met Terry late morning with temps in the teens and 20sF but it warmed up fast.  We launched and we were into some fish pretty much right away and had steady action almost the entire time. We caught a great mix of rainbows and browns, several really nice fish, and even got into some dry fly fishing in the afternoon.  Kept the streak alive as far as a dry fly fish every month of the year so far.  Do that every year.  We quickly went back to nymphing though when the fish quit rising.  We had great fishing all the way to our takeout.  A great weather day too as it warmed up quickly and eventually to 55-57F and I fished in a light sun hoody….very nice after all the cold.  Good day’s fishing though, put about 4 dozen in the net.  Great day, here are some pics…

2-9-2021 FISHING REPORT – working on filling fly boxes with new flies, a pile of flies to tie

2-10-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Brian Lambert, Waxhaw, NC, Shaun Redgate, Forest, VA , TN tailwater float, met Shaun and Brian mid morning and while it was chilly to start it warmed up really quick eventually reaching 59F tropical degrees….I knew from past seasons and from past week we could expect some good bobber fishing and perhaps some dry fly fishing , hit or miss, here or there at several places in our float.  We didn’t see many rising fish, not many bugs, but the bobber bite was off the charts…. Nearly a triple digit day as the fish have the feedbags on and they know spring is coming.  Plenty of food in the flow also as early spring is when all the bugs that will be hatching all year are still in the river…..so plenty to eat.  Nice mix of rainbows and browns up to 16″…..if we had landed every fish we had on or had hooked or got a take from it would have been north of 200 fish it was that insane.  Not only did we have excellent fishing, but we also zero other boats to contend with.  Fishing all day with no one sans a guy on a small float tube.  Excellent day, here are some pics….

2-11-2021 FISHING REPORT – working on filling some fly box holes as well as a few fly orders……

2-12-2021 FISHING REPORT – Ice storm round 1……!!!!! Tons of downed trees and power outages

2-13-2021 FISHING REPORT – Ice storm round 1…..!!!!! Tons of downed trees and power outages

2-15-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, we did a 10 mile South Holston float and tested out some new patterns, it was chilly to start and rain but we were promised warmer afternoon temps and that is exactly what we had.  It eventually made it to the lower 50s, which felt like a heat wave compared to weather of late.  Ice and snow melt had the river up but clear….it was up and green…ideal in other words, we put probably 4 dozen fish in the boat including a couple of really good ones.  Post spawn bite is going on and things will be continuing to ramp up as we move closer to spring.  Here are a few pics….plus another ice storm on the way….

2-16-2021 through 2-20-2021 FISHING REPORT – Just getting going again after our second ice storm in a week…thankfully it was not as bad as round one, and we got power back but many have not.  Been a nasty weather week for sure…

2-22-2021 FISHING REPORT – Doing some website work, filling fly orders, working on our multiple Wyoming trips this summer.  We are booking trips daily and Wednesday marks a big warm up and it looks like warmer as a pattern for the foreseeable future.  Winter may indeed be done.

2-23-2021 FISHING REPORT – working on our Wy Trip preps….lots of stuff to do!

2-24-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Pat Burney,Dr Ken Karb, Greensboro, NC, we did a 6 mile tailwater float and it was excellent.  I met Ken and Pat early and we launched around 845am and it was chilly…about 35F but it would quickly warm up into quite a nice day with highs in the low to mid 60sF.  We had excellent fishing, it was sunny so the party today was on the bottom….and it was good.  We caught a bunch of quality fish , probably 4 dozen or so, rainbows and browns, Pat had the best one a brown of about 18″.  We did well on the usual suspects….lots of weight, bobbers, standard fare for the 2400+ cfs.  But the bite was great as it often is, has been a lot lately, and should be since its almost spring.  The fish have the feedbags on….. Spring is marked by excellent post spawn streamer fishing, and excellent nymphing with opportunities  here and there for dry fly fishing.  Blue wings and black caddis have been sporadic, but that will change as we get into spring.  We are right on the fringe of better dry fly fishing.  We had good fishing all the way to takeout.  Pat and Ken needed to be off the water by 3pm, so I let them off at the ramp to their vehicle and had my shuttle guy move my truck to next takeout.  I fished a couple hrs to takeout on my own and did pretty well putting 15 fish of my own in the net.  All in all a fantastic day.  Here are some pics….

2-25-2021 FISHING REPORT – prepping for a trip with my son

2-26 & 2-27-2021 FISHING REPORT– Took the day off to fish with my son Ben as he came up from Wilmington as we are celebrating my Father in law’s birthday… who is 85 !  We had an enjoyable time chasing some bass even if the fishing was slow and with the warm weather there were tons of other boats….we still had a blast and it was great just to be on the water with him …..which I do every chance I get.  Here are a few pics….

3-1-2021 FISHING REPORT – continuing to work on our Wy trips…. NC Delayed Harvest stocking began 3/1 and continues for the next 2 weeks, they are open for fishing, this applies to DH not to Hatchery Supported.

Hatchery Supported Waters closed Feb 28 and will reopen Sat Apr 3, 2021 ; they are always closed during March so that the state can stock all Hatchery supported waters.  This applies to Hatchery Supported not to DH.

3-2-2021 FISHING REPORT -continuing to fill some fly boxes.  Also, effective 3-2-2021 our Covid policies are over with.  People can make their own decisions as to whether to wear a mask, etc., at the advice of several clients who are private physicians including one that is Duke University /Johns Hopkins University trained, people I have known for over 20yrs and who are trustworthy.  After that and careful consideration —not of news channels or mainstream media which in this day and time is filled with lies – – – we have relied on careful examination of the data from NCDHHS.  Therefore, its guiding and fishing full steam ahead.  Whatever precautions clients want and feel the need to take, so be it.  But we are going to live life.  Fish. Guide. As Usual.   Living life involves risk.  Everyday.  So no fear, we don’t live in fear.  I feel confident that people can make their own decisions.  That’s what both our NC Constitution and US Constitution proclaims and I support that 1000%.  Live in freedom, make your own decisions.  I believe people are smart enough to decide for themselves.  That is both right and appropriate.  In the spirit of what I am saying, here is a video from someone I greatly respect…..Pastor /Dr. Neil Stewart from Christ Covenant Church, Greensboro, NC.  You might be interested that Neil Stewart is also a trained medical doctor, or was previous to his full time pastorate…..and one reason I specifically chose this video because he is both a medically trained person and a pastor…..and a brilliant intellectual.

3-3-2021 FISHING REPORT – Finishing up filling fly boxes as well as a mountain of fly orders.  Delayed Harvest and Hatchery Supported Waters stockings continue all week long.  For original post see my post on 3-1-2021.

3-4-2021 FISHING REPORT – Continuing on our Wyoming trips, have a full slate for all of August, going to be a busy summer

3-5-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Mike McKee Group, Chapel Hill, NC, NC Mtns, Mike McKee, David Link, Jim Beeson, Mike Woods, we met bright and early with great weather (chilly and sunny) and it being a Friday and no rain and both water being in perfect shape and fishing been good we knew we’d have other anglers to fish around.  So we got an early start and the water is now perfect,slightly high and green, best nymphing conditions you will find all year….right now that’s it.  Fishing was a little slow to start but didn’t take long to put a few in the net….a mix of browns , rainbows, and brookies…Mike Woods got out to an early lead, double digits over everybody….we fished a long stretch of water then changed locations to another place and had great fishing rest of the day.  Mike McKee landed two very nice rainbows, one of them 20″ and the other 19″…plus several others.  Jim, David, and Mike W all caught a good many more, and David Link ended the day with a brown of about 19″.  Probably 5 dozen fish or so….so it was a good day….we had sunny skies but the temps were chilly and it was in the 30s all day….with wind too.  But great fishing…..but then again, that’s March.  March is good fishing……always is..the fish have the feedbags on.  Here are some pics……

3-6-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Pat, Adam Caccavella, Jefferson, NC, NC Mtns, met the guys bright and early as a sunny Saturday I knew would mean we would see other anglers.  But I have to say there were fewer folks than I expected.  It was cold though, 20sF when we met up at 7am and high 20sF when we got into the water.  It warmed up a little but remained cold the entire day….cold then the breeze/wind kicked in around 11am and it was frigid.  Didn’t affect the bite though, as we had great fishing.   Pat caught some nice rainbows and browns….Adam it was his first time fly fishing and he caught double digits.  Great fishing for him too…We hit several stretches of river and put about 30 fish in the net total…we did a half day and quit around 100pm.  It was frigid.  But conditions are absolutely as perfect as they get for nymphing and streamer fishing….and I expect dry fly fishing to start the first warm spell and dropping water we get.  Right now flows are about 10-15% above normal full flow and water is clear/green….exactly what I prefer for spring fishing….about as good as it gets for the bobber rigs.  Here are a few pics….

3-8-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Jim and James Noble, Charlotte, NC, float trip, chilly start but warmed up quickly …..we floated big water today and spent our day chucking bobber rigs..so good to spend a day with two longtime clients and friends, Jim owns Roosters in Charlotte, Noble’s Grill in Winston-Salem,NC, and Noble Smoke ( BBQ, Brisket, etc) Charlotte, and Bossy Beulah’s in Charlotte (Southern Crispy Chicken Sandwiches) in Charlotte…..we had a good day dragging lots of weight and nymph rigs and caught a good many fish doing it…including some quality browns ….we had 60 degree highs in the afternoon and saw a rising fish here and there and lots of bugs….that will be all the more as the weather warms.  Great day though, doing another day tomorrow. Here are some pics….

3-9-2021 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Jim and James Noble, Charlotte, NC, float trip, day two we met a little earlier and did a 10 mile float and had great fishing and awesome weather.  Big flows past day or so and today we fished half the day on big water and then the other half on regular full generation flows of 2400…..the result was the same…we caught a lot of fish and some quality fish as well on a variety of bugs and on bounce /nymph rigs, standard high water fare.  Not many risers though, one here or there, but that will change as flows drop and weather warms even more.  That will get better and better.  We had great fishing all the way til takeout.  Great weather day also with sunny /partly cloudy skies and 65F temps.  Very pleasant day to be outside.  If you find yourself in the Charlotte, NC area check out Roosters Uptown, Charlotte , Noble Smoke (bbq and brisket), and Bossy Beulah’s….  Here are some pics…

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