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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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 Late August through October 2018  FISHING REPORTS

8-9-2018 through 8-19-2018 FISHING REPORT – will be away in WY, Idaho, MT, We did not do our horsepack trip this season but ended up cancelling that,  but did our other trip which is a walk/wade trip….and the fishing is way off the grid and quite frankly, just as good as packing in.  We fished some of the most remote areas, up to 27-30 miles in, which is 20 miles “further in” than our horsepack trips were.  We are focusing on these for the next several seasons because we have great fishing opportunities in abundance with them.  10 Waters in 7 days…..I had clients Ted Linczak and Pat Burney with me.  Fishing was good, between 40 and 80 fish per day, including wild cutthroats, rainbows, browns, brook trout, and whitefish.  99% of the fishing was with dry flies.  I would not be surprised if we put 1000 fish in the net all week.  Due to our busy year with a lot of non work related stuff (which included two deaths in our family)  I did not have the time to invest into and market this trip like I have in the past, but that will be changing for 2019.  I have three slots open for next year’s trip, first come /first served.  Message me here if interested.  Here are some pics….

 

8-20-2018 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Greg Bowers, Rick Pinto, Greensboro, NC, TN tailwaters float trip, met Greg and Rick near the river and we did a short float, mainly because our fishing was cut short due to the river getting muddy after several downpours.  We had great fishing, probably landed 20 fish including very  nice browns, but by midday /130pm the runoff from storms muddied the river.  When the sluice flow was increased to 1800 at midday it spread the mud all the way across the river.  It was Rick’s second fly fishing outing, and he caught his first several fish, probably 8 or 9 total. We fished til 1pm and I rowed us to the takeout.   Rescheduling for next few weeks….here are a few pics….

 

8-21-2018 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Jay Kyne, Raleigh, NC, ppd muddy conditions

8-22-2018 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Brad Nations, Greensboro, NC, 2 anglers, Smallmouth, ppd high dirty conditions due to rains of past few days…..probably worked out best as Jeff has come down with some sort of ‘bug’.  Hope its gone soon!

Here is a short compilation of Western Trip Pics….

8-25-2018 FISHING REPORT – vacation Warmwater trip w/about 35 fish caught, panfish and catfish, yes all on fly, even the catfish, was getting the new Tohatsu tiller outboard broken in that I use at times on the new Headhunter II skiff

8-27-2018 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Larry Tomar, Greensboro, NC, Ben Keller, Archdale , NC, TN tailwaters, our day started around 10am when we put in and hammered a bunch of fish nymphing with an assortment of midge and sulphur patterns, a good mix of rainbows and browns up to 16″, had several like that.  As is usually the case, we catch a good many fish early nymphing and then get some dry fly fishing.  Today was no different.  We caught some immediately on dries too, but more on nymphs until we started to see bugs around 130-2pm which is the norm for where we were fishing.  This time of year you could set your watch by it.  By 130pm the bugs poured off and soon we had tons of rising fish.  After 3 dozen or more nymphing, we probably landed another 35 or more on dries, including several fish up to 16-17″.  If you think you have to wait til it cools off in Fall, or drudge through winter and get to spring to get in on stellar dry fly fishing think again.  Its as good right now as it has been all year if you know where and when and we can take you there.  Great day with Ben and Larry, easily put 75 or more in the boat today.  Had a couple cancellations so Thursday and Friday are open if you are game….you won’t be disappointed..  Here are some pics…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-29-2018 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Dr Ken Karb, Greensboro, NC, VA Smith River, got out bright and early to beat the heat and get in on some skinny water dry fly fishing.  As it has been for over three decades I have been fishing it the Smith fishes great in hot weather and early in particular if you know where to go and what to do.  Simply put we had a great day.  The Smith is a great river, there, I said it.  Its also the most technically demanding trout water in the East….yes, I said that.  Its a river that stumps anglers and guides alike.  Its because every skill in the tool box has to be used to great effect to be successful.   Aren’t a careful wader taking care to make no noise, cast no shadows, and make mininal movement?  Then the Smith will eat your lunch.  You have to be thoughtful, purposeful, read water, choose the right fly, right angle, right presentation, etc.  If one bit of that goes awry, done… finished.  Move on to the next opportunity.  Learn from that failed one.  I regularly take experienced anglers and beginners alike and have good to great days on the Smith.  If you do the right things, master the basics, don’t make the simple errors that anyone can fix (like wading, anyone if they want to take the time can learn to wade stealthily).  Folks wanting to learn to fish the Smith effectively I can help…..  Ken and I got in really early, got in stealthily, I had a rod rigged with a double nymph rig and one of my poly indicators I have been working on for years that I have tweaked into a super sensitive, highly visible, easily castable, indicator for use on tough, picky fish where the indicator lands without so much as a sound or ripple.  This one is legit.  We used this first rigged up on a long leader (12ft) and two nymphs, a lead fly size 18 with a tung head and a Zebra midge variation off the first fly.  Nailed several decent browns the first run we fished, it was excellent.  Saw a couple risers, and I had a dry fly rod rigged up as well.  This time of year its midges and terrestrials early and late, terrestrials any time of day, and early pm blue winged olives, which happens to be a small olive called a Pseudocloeon and is a legit size 24 fly.  The fish begin in earnest in Aug and the hatch builds into Sept and Oct and that’s what we eventually had.  We continued our way upriver picking it apart, slowly, and in an almost surgical manner.  Fitting as Ken is a Dr…..we got to the next spot and used on of my favorite ant patterns this time of year and it was game on.  Ken and I would wait (whoa, wait a minute, see….there’s the key, wait…..not cast continuously, which will make you disturb the water….plus its amazing what you see/observe when you aren’t constantly fishing.  Reason #1 people fail on the Smith, sloppy wading.  Reason #2  Constantly fishing and not taking time to wait and observe).  We would wait….spot a sipper (which we wouldn’t have seen if we hadn’t stopped to observe), then carefully present the fly.  On one flat that I would call a PhD spot, like the fish are nearly impossible, Ken scored 3 fish doing just what I have described.  We moved our way upstream and caught several more in like fashion.  We would switch off back to my stealth nymph rig when we got to riffs and pocket water and would put several more fish in the net.  We switched back and forth from one rig to the other in the water that was appropriate to each rig.  Landed a bunch more fish….all browns, except for a couple rainbows.  We landed maybe 25-30 fish on a PhD stretch of water, and missed a bunch of others, had several others on that came off, or it would have been more.  That’s a stellar day for a half day of fishing, particularly when you consider 70% of the water we fished was flat, slow, low, clear……just the water most folks fail in and avoid fishing.  A lot of these flat water fish never get fished to at all.  Great day though, hot as blazes, we called it a day at 2pm and headed out.  Could have kept on fishing though, we left rising fish…..eating away at a nice hatch of Pseudos.  Here are a few pics….