August 15, 2010

The Watauga is fishing very well

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!!!

July 24, 2010

Fishing as hot as the weather

The fishing on the South Holston and Watauga Tailwaters in East Tennessee is as hot as the weather. The sulphurs are coming off so thick that it is like a blanket on the river surface. The fish are in a feeding frenzy and you can tell how much they are eating by the bulge in their belly. It is so cool to watch the brown stage up and take aim on your fly, the anticipation is intense and you hope you don’t pull it from their mouth before the brown inhales it. The fog is on the river during the early morning keeping the temperatures in a manageable zone, but once the sun burns the fog off it gets hot. But with the way the river is fishing, you don’t pay much attention because your focus is on your fly and the rising fish.







So give me a call and lets get you out there catching a few of those beautiful browns as they sip those sulphurs on the South Holston Tailwater. Don’t forget about the smallies on the Holston Proper or Pigeon River. The topwater action is in full swing so get your trip scheduled now.

Stay tuned for more reports as I fish for smallies this coming week.

July 18, 2010

Getting newbies addicted to the sport

I had Keith, his brother Chris, and Chris’ sons Matt and Josh on the Watauga fly fishing for trout. Matt was so excited to go he hadn’t slept in two days. It was fun watching them catch fish and getting more addicted to the sport. The day started out great catching fish on the first couple of casts right at the boat ramp.


The day was comfortable temperature wise and the weather guessers missed the forecast again. It was cloudy most of the day and the fish were biting very well. Split Case and Miracle nymph were the best flies, the dry fly and terrestrial bite never materialized today.



I have been blessed to meet so many great folks in my career as a guide and these guys were no exception. To watch the excitement as they get the bite and fight the fish makes your day so enjoyable. I truly enjoyed the day and look forward to taking them fishing again.

As the sign I saw in Beaufort, South Carolina said, “the is no chance of snow in the forecast for the next 72 hours”, so lets go fishing.

Give me a call or email and come fish to great tailwaters or mountain streams of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, or Southwest Virginia.

October 12, 2009

South Carolina red’s on the flats


Sunrise almost here, tide coming in, can you hear them big reds moving through the tall grass.


Sun is up and the flats are filling up, see the push wave as they move into the pockets on the flats.


The tide is filling up the pockets, we have about two hours, start scanning for tailing fish.


Even the sharks liked my flies. what a cool experience, bonnet head sharks on the fly


Then it was low tide in the wild oyster racks, keep the rod up and don’t let them rub the leader on the oysters


Sunset on the flats after a long day, Thanks to my good friend and fellow Orvis Endorsed guide, Captain Jack Brown of Beaufort, South Carolina. He made my week an unforgettable one.

If you want to go chase some red’s on the flats in Captain Jack’s beautiful Maverick 17HPV Flats Skiff, give him a call at Predator Fly Fishing, his number is 843-838-9369. You won’t regret going fishing with Capt. Jack Brown.



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