Fishing on our Appalachian Tailwaters requires some serious downsizing during the winter. It is mainly a midge thing, mostly nymphs and very small. The time is right to break out those 3X magnifiers and the 7X tippet, but the rewards can be great.
Snow, cut you to the bone wind chills, freezing guides, but we still love it. The big browns are out and about on the South Holston, and the wade fishing is the way to go. Later this week we will be back above the freezing mark and you won’t have to deal with the fly line getting frozen to your guides. It seems they are wanting some meat to eat so it has been Buggers on the swing and strip.
If you want to chase some of those big browns, give me a call or email. Now the time to order those gift certificates for that Christmas. We have them in all amounts, so if you are struggling on what to get that special person, give them a fishing trip gift certificate.
We have an excellent wintertime trophy trout fishery in Southwest Virginia. You have the ability to sight fish to trout ranging in size from 3 pounds to over 15 pounds. We use flies as small as size 24 midges up to swinging buggers and you get to see them follow and take your presentation. Then when you set the hook hold on because they are going to go on a drag screaming run, jumping in the air and fight like a mad man. You will spend some time working them towards the net and just about the time you think they are done, off they go on another run. Finally we land the fish and you get to hold your trophy up for the obligatory “Grip n Grin” shot. Trips are available on these waters all winter so don’t hesitate and come catch that once in a lifetime trophy.