The past week we have been guiding on the trophy waters in Southwest Virginia chasing some serious “Southern Steel”. It was great watching the clients sight fish to these excellent fish and seeing the look on their face as these fish scream through the water making those hard runs almost the the backing many times.
We will be fishing for these great fish all winter long, so give me a call and lets get you out on the Trophy Waters chasing some “Southern Steel”
This was a week of trips on the Watauga Tailwater near Elizabethton, Tennessee. The Watauga has really turned around with the cooler temperatures as Fall approaches. We saw cranflies, cream and grey midges, blue wing olives, and some caddis. The fish were flashing and feeding about two to three feet down and with the clear water the clients could see them go after their presentations. There was nothing of trophy size caught, but the numbers were exceptional for each day. Had brothers Chris and Doug from Louisville, Kentucky and they had plenty of double hookups throughout the day. One pocket was holding plenty of fish and Chris got a double hookup as Doug got a single, made for a cool picture.
I had one day with some good clients and friends, Tim and his son Noah from Raleigh, North Carolina. Noah is an exceptional young man with some serious health risks but truly enjoys spending a day with his Dad fishing for trout. The day was one that will hold a great memory for the both of them. Noah landed so many fish and seeing that big smile on his face each time the fish came to the net makes you realize what the day is all about.
The upcoming week will be spent on the trophy waters in Southwest Virginia. Be sure to check back and see all the “PIGS” that will be brought to the custom built “Nes’s Net’s”. The trips are booking fast for these trophy trout trips so be sure to give me a call or an email to get your trip scheduled on these excellent waters.
Well we are finally cooling down in the southern Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee. The nightly temperatures are getting down into the upper forties and lower fifties and daytime highs are mid seventies to low eighties with mild cooler breezes throughout the day. The smallmouth are doing very well and the big brown trout are moving upriver to get to the spawning areas. We are also seeing some nice stripers being caught on the lower South Holston Tailwater near the town of Bluff City.
The private trophy trout waters in Southwest Virginia are really coming alive. We fish these waters all winter long. There is nothing like fighting a 5 to 12 pound trout while there is snow coming down. If you want to get one of these big fish to the net and get your “Fins & Grins” shot give me a call and lets get you on the schedule.
I have also been working on some streamers that we will be throwing during the high water on both the Watauga and South Holston Tailwaters during high water generation as the TVA draws the lakes down this fall. Here are some samples, they aren’t new designs but my interpretation of these patterns.
We are going to offer the same “WINTER FLAOT TRIP” discount we offered last year. It proved to be good for all of you and I thank those who took these trips. The price will be the same $235 for a 6 hour float trip, on either the Watauga or South Holston (SoHo dependent upon generation). This starts after Thanksgiving weekend and runs through March 13th, 2011.
Give me a call or email and let me take you fishing.
This week started off on the Holston Proper for smallies with the managing editor of Turkey Country magazine for the National Wild Turkey Federation. It was a hot day with bluebird skies. The fish were active early in the day, then when the sun got high in the sky they really slowed down. Then as the shadows grew long with the late afternoon sun the bite came back alive. There is nothing like a big river smallie from the Holston Proper tugging on your line. Here are a few shots from the day.
Then it was floating the Watauga, the TVA has started earlier morning generations and it has changed the way we have to fish, put on early and come of mid afternoon. It was nymphs until noon and then the Cranflies and BWO’s until the river came up from generation.
Yesterday was the South Holston on high water. The TVA is generating at least 12 hours a day now, so it is long floats down the South Holston using big stuff. A long time client and friend, Jerry from Statesville, North Carolina, had a memory filled day. He and his son Adam waded before the water came up and caught a bunch of fish using the Zebra Midge before getting in the boat. This was the first float down the South Holston for my new Clackacraft driftboat. We nymphed along the soft seams and got a couple of doubles before going to the big stuff. It was an exceptional day with some great fish brought to the net. Check out the pictures to see just how good the day was.