Had a great float on the Holston Proper. The topwater bite on a Gartside Gurgler was on the money. Plenty of grass in the river and floating around, but the fish were feeding well. Got to love the explosion as the fly hits the water.
This week has been excellent with trips on both the Watauga Tailwater in Elizabethton and the South Holston Tailwater near Bristol. The Watauga has some really good hatches coming off from late morning through the evening and the fish are feeding very aggressively on them. There are Craneflies, tan and cream Midges, Flying Ants, Sweatbees, and still some sulphurs. It is so cool for the clients to watch these fish come to the surface attack their fly. Here are some pictures to show the week we have had.
This was a cool double on the Watauga, both father and son threw into the rising fish in unison, having both fish strike as the fly hit the water and landed the double to make this memory filled picture.
Don’t forget about booking your private water trip to Southwest Virginia to go after some of those once in a lifetime memories. Here are some fish from previous trips.
Tightlines and wet nets!!!
This week has started with a couple of Watauga Tailwater float trips. The first was to introduce a gentleman to the sport of fly fishing. It was a great day of nymphing to start off and then dry flies the rest of the day. After a few fish on a sulphur dry fly, he said, you know I really like this type of fishing.
Today was more of the same, with better fishing on dries. The fish were feeding heavily on the emerging cranflies. Seeing those fish slashing and flashing for the bugs on the surface made the adrenalin levels rise. There is nothing like seeing a nice fish crush your fly.
What an excellent week for fishing on the East Tennessee tailwaters. The Watuaga is getting low and clear, typical summer water, but the fishing was good. I took Reba and Todd B. on Reba’s birthday float. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Reba. She had an excellent day of fishing along with learning more about the river system so when she and Todd float their raft they can have better results on the Watauga Tailwater.
Then there was a fishing school for Aarron F. He wanted to take up the sport of fly fishing so we went to the South Holston for casting, knot, water reading and then catching a few fish. He was amazed at the amount of fish in the water around him taking the sulphurs and blackflies off the surface. He is going to ETSU full time and needed some way to relax and get his mind off things and fly fishing is just the sport for that.
I had father and son Carl and Ethan E. on the South Holston. Ethan is a beginner to fly fishing but took to it quickly. His father has spent considerable time fly fishing around the world and I feel Ethan will be going with him from now on. The South Holston gave up plenty of those beautiful butter belly browns to their fly imitations. It was great to see their smiles as they caught those browns on nymphs and sulphur dries during the high water float trip.
This has been and incredible summer of fishing, but it is still not over. Give ma a call and lets go fishing like these folks did.
The weather is hot and the fishing is good. This week was a fun week to take folks on their trips. The TVA is back to afternoon generation and the sulphurs are coming off really thick during high water. The South Holston browns are feeding hard on the sulphurs and sometimes it is so hard to pick out your fly among all the naturals.
Here is a shot of all the sulphurs floating on the river, truly incredible.
I had a fun day on the Watauga Tailwater with newcomers Scott and his son Cameron. They were new to fly fishing and took to the cast and catching very quick. I enjoy seeing the smiles on the beginners faces as they get the bite, fight the fish, then to the net for the grip-n-grin shot.
Then it was a couple of clients on a return trip down the Watauga Tailwater. Bob and Anthony are good friends who enjoy fishing together on the mountain streams of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Anthony played college football at Ohio State in the early eighties. He was a nose guard and his last game was the 1985 Rose Bowl.
Well lets go float the South Holston on the afternoon generation and see if those native browns are ready to take one of my flies for a meal.