The weather the past week has been crazy, frosty mornings, cold rains, sleet and snow flurries and it is just October. Even with the early bad weather days the fishing has been very good. The BWO’s and Black Caddis were out in force on the Watauga Tailwater in a heavy rain. Seeing the trout come straight up out of the water chasing the caddis emerging and then in other sections the fish were sipping those size 22 BWO’s.
Be sure to come to the WNC Fly Fishing Expo this weekend and stop by my booth to talk some fishing and tying. Be sure to also check out the new products from the folks who have me on the Pro Guide Staff’s, Chota Outdoor Gear has the new “Hippies”, the best product for getting in and out of driftboats, canoes and kayak’s without wearing those hot waders all day. Temple Fork Outfitters has added some new rods to their lineup, we have been using the new BVK 10′ rods on our trips and the clients really like them.
Be sure to check out Issue #1 of the new online electronic magazine Southern Culture on the Fly, I am honored to be featured in their first issue. We did a smallie float on the Holston Proper last November and they did and outstanding job on the article. Here is a link to view it:
Southern Culture on the Fly
The time is right for the big browns on the South Holston and Watauga Tailwaters, trips are booking fast, so give me a call or email and make sure you get your chance at one of those big browns.
Well the fall colors are absolutely spectacular this year. The rain systems we have been getting are hleping with river flows but they add the needed moisture to make for great colors as the leaves change. We are seeing lots of great colors in the rainbows and browns we are catching as they get fired up for the spawning season so upon us.
The South Holston is seeing a good migration of the browns moving to the spawning zones and they are feeding heavily as they travel. The colors on these fish are amazing. They are deep nymphing techniques are working very well in the deep seams, some of the better fish came on “big uglies” this past week. The sulphurs are still coming off sporadically, but the BWO’s are now becoming the predominant hatch.
The Watauga is fishing varied throughout the week. Some days the upper section is the best and then the Quality Zone is the best on others. The Craneflies, BWO’s and cream Midges are the main hatches each day. Long leaders in the 6x and 7x sizes are what it is taking to get these spooky fish to bite. But if you get it right there are plenty of nice fish to catch as Mr. Noah can attest to. He caught is personal best brown and rainbow on a recent trip with his dad. He has turned into quite a fisherman and just enjoys the days on the water with his dad.
The Holston Proper is slowing down on the bite with all these cold fronts coming through, but if we get several nice 70 degree days the bite gets active again. On the most recent trip we were getting them on small white streamers representing all the minnows in the waters. You had to work it slow and get it down to the mid levels of the water column but the rewards were great.
We will have a booth at the upcoming WNC Fly Fishing Expo in Asheville North Carolina on November 5th and 6th. Be sure to mark you calendars and stop by to see us. For more info and directions go here WNC Expo
Give us a call or email to get your fall fishing trip in before its to late.