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Archive for October, 2010

Great End To an Enjoyable Day…….

Fri….Oct 29, 2010……What started as a great day ended on the same note. Guiding Ian, Kari, and Joe Craig and we had just finished fishing a sulphur flurry and 40 later things slowed down, so we headed to lunch and then to another spot. The second area we went to I knew we could find some nicer browns and that is exactly what we found. Probably 8 or 10 more fish including one 18-19" brown that ate one of my size 20 Baetis emergers, two 16" fish that ate a CDC Jeffs Cranefly, and the rest that took either the BWO pattern or sparkle midge emerger. Quite a few bugs on the water, a good many nice snouts poking out……what a way to end yet another dry fly day on the South Holston. We will continue to do trips here all winter long, the sulphurs are still flying and the BWOs are getting cranked up so we will have a good dry fly opportunity all winter long. Have a great weekend!

Jeff

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Incredible Fall Day….

Fri …Oct 29, 2010…..Great day on the South Holston, windy and cold but a great sulphur hatch, even some big bugs at times….sz 14s. Guiding Joe, Kari, and Ian Craig today, probably 40 fish or so in 4hrs of fishing, all on dry flies…..you could have left the nymph box home. Headed to another spot, more to come…

Jeff

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Another Day of Fall Splendor…..

Fri….Oct 29, 2010…….Red,yellow, orange…crunchy leaves, the pungent odor of moss, moisture, and a leaf covered forest floor…a babbling brook or quiet solitude of a Southern Appalachian stream, a heavy mast crop on the forest floor that is a harbinger of the winter to come….presenting a delicate dry fly to a rising trout, chucking large streamers (meat whistles) to large fish, the brown, yellow,red, and pumpkin orange colors of a prespawn hook-jawed brown trout…..these are the pleasures of flyfishing in our area in the Fall. Getting ready to partake of it and will be guiding Joe, Kari, and Ian Craig today. Looking forward to a great day today. Its chilly and breezy temps in the 40sF, fishing has been excellent and lots of leaves in the air—recent rains were beneficial but runoff or high water is a non-issue….looks like in a lot of places like it has hardly rained. Will be on TN Tailwaters and NC high country waters over the next few days. Romors have been from some shops and guides that sulphurs have fizzled out on the South Holston….not so…we will be fishing them today. Have a great Friday and weekend and we’ll have a report later today.

Jeff

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Great Morning after The Rain…..

Thurs…Oct 28, 2010…….Great drive up its cool and gorgeous in the hills, we are killing them. The fish are on fire after this rain, guiding Pete and Jane Gursky and we have put 20 in the net, even some good fish even on dries too…including one 20 inch rainbow that ate a size 18 dry. More to come……

Jeff

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A Simple Offer, Short and Sweet….

Wed…..Oct 27, 2010…..the offer is open to all large fish….a ride in my net for free…and that offer has no expiration date. This rain has been great but not as heavy in the mtns as here. We need more but the past few days are a good start. Most waters fished okay right through the wet weather, a couple exceptions being the Mitchell and East Prong Rivers….both got a healthy soaking and the Mitchell, which normally runs at about 100cfs, was running at nearly 800cfs
(unfishable)…wow. We have a big cool down coming, lows in the 30s and highs only in the low to nid 50s in the NC High Country on Friday. I always look forward to the onset of cool weather as it is big fish time. Headed out tomorrow and guiding Pete and Jane Gursky. Should be a great day, cool, will have a fishing report on current conditions …have a great evening..!

Jeff

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Great Day Despite Some Up and Down Weather

Tue…Oct 25, 2010…..Guiding Mike Witt on the South Holston yesterday we ended up with a good afternoon as well. We had caught about a dozen and a half browns up to 16" all but one on dries. Blue winged olived were coming off everywhere—typical for such an unsettled weather day. We nailed a few fish on one of my South Holston Trout bunny flies, one really nice fish. We took a lunch break, and then headed upriver to hopefully catch a sulphur flurry in the afternoon on falling water. It was as exactly as I expected, on falling water bugs were coming off and fish were rising. We got into the river and I knotted a Jeff’s CDC sulphur emerger on the leader and Mike got three nice browns on four casts. It was fast and furious for the next 2 hours. We caught probably 15 or 16 more, all nice browns and 1 rainbow. We ended the day catching a few fish on top and did so amidst another heavy shower. Did pretty well today on some new sulphur emerger patterns I have been working on, one in particular was incredibly effective. It was a great day and we endured every weather condition except snow….so that made it interesting……….

Jeff

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Great Day So Far Despite Stormy Start…..

Mon…..Oct 25, 2010……Great day so far guiding Mike Witt, on the South Holston, we had some really bad weather to start the day.
Severe weather, like "hold on Toto we are going for a spin". It was unreal, some 60-80mph downbursts and some damaging straight line winds, lots of downed trees and leaves and debris in the river. Up to 3in of rain over the area, it was incredibly heavy where we were but it was short lived. We got in the water shortly after the heavy rain passed, and we have been on rising fish all day and have not fished a nymph. Probably 15 browns up to 16" on dries, and one 15" brown on one of my SoHo trout bunny. Taking a lunch break and then we will head out and try to catch a falling water sulphur hatch. More to come…

Jeff

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Good Morning…..

Oct 25, 2010….Its early…..! Looks like some potentially heavy rain and we could get wet today! Guiding Mike Witt today on the South Holston…….looks like moist but looking forward to some bwos and sulphurs…..more to come

Jeff

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Another Gorgeous Day, Good Fishing Too…

Fri. Oct 22, 2010……a chilly start, it was in the 30sF and you could see your breath when we started. Turned out to be a great fall day, we had a good day, guided Ken Doss and Ben Greenland and we started the day nymphing. We caught fish on a variety of patterns but everything on small stuff. Golden nuggets, Crystal midges, PT Zebras, midge pupa, and Orange CDC…..ended up with about 40 fish, it was tough conditions, tough in terms of low, clear water…..but its like that everywhere. We had to fish 6X fluoro to get consistent takes…..we tough but I love it! Lots of trips next week, will have some more reports then. Going to be a great weekend….have a great one

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
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Incredible Day on Dry Flies…..

Friday….Oct 22, 2010……chilly start to the morn’, scattered light frost in the High Country, looks like another nice Fall day. To say that yesterday was a great day would be a gross understatement. Guided Drs Randy Jackson and Bose Ravenel, we had a great day with between 50 and 60 fish all on dry flies, and lots of quality fish 15 " and over. Fished sippers with midge emergers early, bwos late morning and midday, a nice sulphur flurry in the afternoon that lasted a couple hours, then we moved downriver and got into more small bwos and a cranefly spinner egg laying flight ….these two are happening daily on the lower river. It was simply an incredible day. Headed out this morning on another trip guiding Ken Doss….looking forward to another great day….more to come, have a great Friday..!

Jeff

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