What a great week it has been for trips. Took a couple up to Roan Mountain to go for the Tennessee Slam on Hampton Creek and the Doe River. We started with a nice morning hike up above the brookie dam that the Overmountain Chapter of TU just got done refurbishing. We hadn’t had the flies wet but for a few minutes when the first brookie was brought in. The creek looked good and many nice southern strain appalachian brook trout were brought in.
Then it was on to fish the Doe River after a nice stream-side lunch. Kelly got her brown in the first hole on the first cast, and then the rainbow came on the third cast and then it was Michael’s turn for his slam. He worked the holes hard and caught many nice rainbows, but the brown was elusive for him that day. I am sure he got a brown, because they were spending the week in the area fishing. They had just taken up the sport of fly fishing and were very excited about the possibilities that the Roan Maountain area had to offer.
The Watauga fished ok on the full day generation, Tuesday. The water was very cold that morning, 44 degrees to start the day and had the fish very lethargic. As the day went on the fishing activity increased and the streamers proved very productive. Late in the day there was a nice sulphur hatch they brought some nice fish to the boat on emergers.
Wednesday was an incredible day on the Watauga Tailwater near Elizabethton. The nymph fishing in the morning was excellent and then when the sulphurs started coming off, it was dries and emergers getting a bite on just about every cast. As one of the gentlemen said, “this is insane”.
The smallmouth bass are really starting to heat up and the topwater action is getting better each day.
Give me a call and lets get out there and go fishing.