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Archive for May, 2010

Catch of The Day…

Sat…May 29, 2010…..good day today but below is the official catch of the day—-Pepperoni, Sausage, and Sun Dried Tomato wood fired Pizza from Mellow Mushroom….wow. Gone is the diet

A nearly stationary front is moving out but not before one more chance at some afternoon thunderstorms on Memorial Day. A lot of waters in the NW mountains were high and off color today, but some areas missed the heaviest of the rain. Estimates locally ranged from 2-3inches, heavier amts east and north into Virginia. With the ushering in of true summer conditions/fishing better have the terrestrial box ready, for they will be forthcoming. Have a great Memorial Day

Jeff

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Just Beat the Stormy Weather….

Fri…..May 28, 2010……..Just beat the bad weather but its coming….the Mtns and VA and TN are getting pounded. Did a fly fishing school /lesson with Chris Caffey and his wife and two sons. What great folks they are and all took to casting very well. We caught three bluegill, a good start. They are going to be some good casters! Happy Memorial Day and Thank you to all Veterans who have given us the freedoms we enjoy, may God richly bless you this holiday. Enjoy your weekend

Jeff

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Fishing Excellent This Afternoon

Thurs..May 27,2010…..we ended up with an excellent day and finished with a very large citation rainbow of over 20". Have been experimenting with nymphing and dead drifting streamer patterns and today it paid off. Caught several large fish doing it. Glad it finally cooled off, looks like some welcome rain coming in. Doing a Fly fishing school with Chris Caffey and his family tomorrow, have a great evening

Jeff

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Good Day So Far….

Thurs…May 27,2010….Guiding Buster Lewis today, we have had a good day so far about 25 fish so far and a bunch on some of my new bead head patterns. The weather is hot 85F, and water temp is 62F. Sky looks kind of t-stormy, hope relief is coming tomorrow. Water level is normal and clear and no bugs coming off to speak of. Should be a great afternoon as well, more later….

Jeff

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Going To Be A Hot One….

Thurs..May 27, 2010……Had a good morning doing a presentation at Gate City Rotary here in Greensboro. Now headed off on a guided trip with Buster Lewis. Should be a great day, bad weather moving in for tomorrow, fish should be really eating today. More to come later, enjoy your day!

Jeff

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Size, Shape, Color…….In That Order

An e. rotunda, or 'sulphur', a view of the underside of the body. When matching a hatch this is the color/side you would want to match.

Wed….May 26, 2010……spending the day and night cranking out flies filling in all of the holes left from last two weeks’ trips.  What a great time but what huge holes were  left in the fly box.  The sulphurs are hatching pretty much everywhere right now, and they range from a 14 to a size 18, and can come in many shades of yellow, yellow/orange, yellow/green, and so on.  So with that said, here are a few tips in matching your flies:

1) SIZE – always the most important.  If you can’t match this you are out of the game.  The more technical the stream the more this is true.  To be off just one fly size is to be guilty of at least a 20% dimensional error.  One tip I find that works well.  Wade out into the river above rising fish and pluck a fly off the surface, take a pen and mark on your hand, fly box, sheet of paper (I would do this so you can remember it later) the exact length of the fly.  Then, when you are choosing what to tie on, make sure the body length matches this size measurement.  This is the one way you can be sure your fly is right no matter where you bought it, how you might have tied it, or how someone else tied it.  It always works.  For future reference on streams you fish a lot, get a simple millimeter gauge and measure the insects and take notes of the sizes.  Then, when you tie or buy, make sure the end product matches.

2) Match SHAPE whenever you can.  Obviously, this will matter more if you fish technical waters like tailwaters, which in our area would be Virginia’s Smith and Jackson Rivers, and in Tennessee the South Holston, Watauga, Clinch Rivers, etc.  If its a mayfly you are matching, use an upwing fly.  If a caddis, stonefly, or midge, a down wing fly.  Occasionally, a down wing fly with a shorter wing may work ok for a mayfly pattern, particularly emergers.  Unlike SIZE, there are exceptions to SHAPE but it pays to be close.

3) The last variable is COLOR.  Though hardly necessary to have the exact color, it never hurts to be close.  If you fish hatches and buy your flies, remember the fly when wet will be a shade or two darker than in appears at home or in a shop bin.  Also, if you tie, remember that thread color influences the color of the fly when wet.  A cream body with orange thread will yield a very high or light orange hue….again, sometimes this is a negative, but sometimes you can manipulate this type of situation to your advantage.  One such case is using rusty orange thread under an orange dubbed body to match the Holston invaria sulphurs……this yields the exact color of the natural.  Lastly, look at the underneath side of the fly….that is what trout see.

If you get all of or most of the above right you have set yourself up with some great skunk repellent.

Hope this helps in your hatch matching….and good fishing.  Have a fly fishing presentation at Greensboro Rotary at the O’Henry Hotel in Greensboro tomorrow morning, then it will be off on a Guided trip with Buster Lewis.  Should be a great day, I am taking him to a couple of favorite spots where he can spend the day harrassing some very large rainbows……Full Report to come!  Have a Great one…!

Jeff

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Another Great Week Coming Up…

An e.invaria, aka, "Sulphur Dun" spinner poses for a picture with what would eventually become a replica of him....which the SoHo browns later would eat with enthusiasm... Through much experimentation and tying and fishing I have decided that an orange body on rusty brown thread yields the correct body color...so much so it works for emergers, duns, and spinners... Jeff Wilkins photo 5/19/ 2010

Mon….May 24, 2010………Hope you all had a great weekend and your Monday is off to a great start.  What a great month it has been, the best May I can remember in a very long time.  The South Holston is fishing like the SoHo of old, purely phenomenal.  Had a guided trip scheduled with friend and client Larry Pritchett, Coach John Fox of the Carolina Panthers, and Jimmy Noble (Noble’s Grill) – – but we had to postpone as Coach Fox had some schedule issues come up at the last minute.  We’ll hopefully reschedule for June or sometime in the near future.  It will be great to get on the water with those guys.

The South Holston is rockin’.  It is as good as you will see it right now in many respects.  And we still have some May and June dates open for fishing there.  If you were ever interested in seeing this river in its full glory right now is a great time to do so.  The sulphurs should continue to come off for a while longer, probably well toward the end of June.  And right now releases from the dam (TVA) are favorable for all day fishing, though the best fishing is arguably from 1pm til dark with the most concentrated activity from 3pm on.  But its great…..

I managed to film a clip of the heaviest sulphur activity right in the thick of the hatch, and it is still being processed/uploaded, but will be able to be viewed in a few hours.  It is phenomenal.  You can view it later here .   Also, here’s Joe Craig  nailing a large rising brown during the hatch, you can check it out here .  Finally, here’s  sweet clip of Matt Carpenter and I on the river a few days before with Matt nailing a nice rainbow from a pod of nice rising fish.  He ended up catching several, including the nice brown that was rising in amongst those rainbows….check it out here .  I will be completing an upload of all our 2010 SoHo Trip pictures which include some unusual and fantastic bug shots as well as plenty of river and fish pics, so be sure to check out our fishing reports page this evening or tomorrow here to view them.  It will contain access to hundreds of neat photos…………mouthwatering….!

Great day all and more to come later…..


Great Day of Nymphing…

Sat ….May 21, 2010 …..Guided Chip Cavin, Canton, GA, and Don Swaim and Jeff Holcombe of Greensboro, NC…the water was up after some overnight rains and rain during the day. The water also had a slight bit of color as well, which no doubt helped us. We caught about 70-80 fish, a mix of browns, brookies, and rainbows. These guys can fish….simple as that. We caught probably 3 or 4 citation sized fish, all rainbows, and had several others on that were of the 23-25 inch variety. One of the fish Jeff played perfectly for 10 minutes before the hook pulled free—it was a huge rainbow. The rain and cooler temps of the past few days have done wonders, lowering the water temps from the low to mid 60s F to the low to mid 50sF and the fish are loving it.  A lot of smaller waters now have copious quantities of yellow stones (14-16, aka “yellow sally”) and ephemerella dorotheas (sz 18)- more often called Sulphur. You’ll see stones all day and Sulphs the last two hrs of the day. Time for yellow and orange dry flies, size 14 -16 Yellow Stimulators and Elk Wing Caddis for the stones and size 18 Sulphurs (my favorite is a #18 Sulphur or Pale Evening Dun Parachute—the fish love them and you can see them. Well, have a great weekend and tomorrow is a welcomed day off to rest and we’ll be gearing up for what we hope is another great week. Enjoy your weekends and tighlines….

Jeff

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Great Morning…..

Fri….May 21, 2010….guiding Jeff Holcombe, Chip Cavin, Don Swaim today, theres been rain today and the water is up but nymphing is great. Don caught the citation rainbow above a few minutes ago. 3 fish so far, rainbows and brookies. More to come later….

Jeff

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What a Week….!

Thurs..May 20, 2010….1100pm….just in from four days of phenomenal dry fly fishing on the South Holston….Guided Joe Craig and Locke Clifford today, we had another great day scoring many nice rainbows and browns, all but two on dry flies, and those were caught sight casting with nymphs—something I love to do. A good end to a great TN week that had two and a half days that were as good as I can remember in 27yrs of fishing ths great river. Ended up rescheduling our trip with Larry Pritchett, Jimmy Noble, and Panther’s Coach John Fox. Looks like maybe we’ll do that in June. Mon May 24 would be available for a local trip and Wed May 26 is now wide open for a full day trip—-if you ever wanted a shot at the SoHo when its on fire now is your chance.
Guiding Chip Canton , GA, Jeff Holcombe, and Don Swaim tomorrow, should be a great day.

Jeff

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