We are officially in summer now and the fishing is as hot as the temperatures we are experiencing. This past week was great trips with returning clients who landed excellent fish. John L. loves to float in his canoe after spending a day with me during his multi week stay on the Watuaga and South Holston Tailwaters in East Tennessee. Here is a sample of his morning on the South Holston.
Gary H. and his nephew Hunter are great fishing buddies and always take a day with me each summer when Hunter comes to visit. Hunter and Gary had an excellent day on the Watauga, then spent the rest of the week wading the South Holston for trout and floating the Holston Proper for smallies. Hunter said it was a great week. Hunter then went to Myrtle Beach and fought a 6 foot shark for an hour before being broken off.
Gary T. and Chad W. wanted to float the Holston Proper for smallies and the day was hot as well as the fishing. These gentleman were excellent fishermen and casters. We tried various patterns with success, even one smallie right beside the boat as the fly hung at the surface while rowing downriver to the next hole. Chad has some really good patterns and this proved it.
To finish out the week before spending the weekend at the South Holston Fly Fishing Fest at Rivers Way, I had a great day guiding father and son Tim and Mike C. on a trip down the Watuaga. Tim bought this trip I donated to the Project Healing Waters Fall Tournament near Spruce Pine, North Carolina. I enjoyed giving them a chance to make some great father/son fishing memories based on Tim’s comments in an email.
Well a day off for me and then back on the water for the next week, we still have some dates available for the summer float trip special, so give me a call or email and get booked for a great summertime adventure.
We have had a great week of fishing this week in the Southern Appalachians. We started the week floating the Watauga Tailwater in Elizabethton, Tennessee. It was a very rewarding trip for Nat and Tony. They each fished hard and landed some nice trout throughout the day.
Then it was on to the Southwest Virginia private trophy trout waters. The river was stained from the rain the day before, but the big fish were biting. Nat and Jim put there best cast out there and were rewarded with some nice fish to get the “Grip n Grin” pictures.
Then it was back to the Watauga Tailwater and Holston Proper for brothers from Ohio. They loved their first float on the Watauga and enjoyed many double hook-ups during the float trip. The next day we floated the Holston Proper for smallies. They got to feel the fight from the Holston’s river smallies as the fish loaded up their 8 wt rods and put them through the paces during the fight. They each had big smiles at the end of the day.
Give me a call and lets get your summertime fishing trip on the calendar. I have a summer time special for the months of July and August. Book and take a two person float trip during these months and the trip will only cost $300, an $80 savings.
The fishing is great this summer in East Tennessee. The Watauga and South Holston Tailwaters are fishing really well for trout. The Holston Proper is fishing hot and the Nolichucky is fishing good.
The Watauga had sulphurs, craneflies, and midges hatching most of the day. We also are seeing a full yellow mayfly. The recent trips have produced some nice fish. We have been using nymph rigs until the hatch gets into full swing and then is is a dry/dropper rig. There is nothing like a big shouldered brown digging deep or high jumping rainbow when they put a good bend in the rod.
The Holston Proper is fishing exceptional, the topwater bite is wide open. They smallies are just flaring and sucking them down. If it is an explosive bite we pull in some nice panfish.