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Fishing Has Been On Fire….

Monday March 18, 2019 ….. Best way to state it, fishing has been on fire.  Going to be a good week, if sun is what you have been waiting for.  Chilly yes, but good fishing weather absolutely.  We have a full week of trips slated, conditions are great, about as good as you could hope for.  Small streams , Delayed Harvest waters, and tailwaters are all fishing great, I’ve been on all just about everyday the past week and it was stellar…..and clients caught a ton of fish.

Bugs are hatching, and fish will be looking up as spring comes officially this week.  The fish won’t be looking up because of that though.  Its because with dry weather comes falling water levels and with lower water levels comes increasing dry fly opportunities.  Bugs have been active and coming off all along.  But as usually is the case with higher flows, nymph fishing is way more productive.  Period.  But as the water drops the fish begin to key on the insects which have been active whether the water is high or not.  Enough of that though, here is a recap of our most recent guided trips…

On 3-13-2019 , we had the first day of our annual spring NC Trout Bum trip, and those joining me were Dr Pat Burney, Ted Linczak, Tim Moore.  We had a great day, sun , warmer, cloudy later in the day, zero rain…..water was clear/green and high, fishing was stellar from the start.  We fished a variety of nymph rigs, double nymph rigs, and even had some excellent streamer fishing too.  Fish have not been pressured and fishing is real solid right now.  Today was an 80-90 fish day, with two 20 inch brook trout landed by Ted the big fish of the day.  Here are some pics….

On 3-14-2019, Day two of our NC Trout Bum trip, Dr Pat Burney, Ted Linczak, Tim Moore, we had cloudy skies when we got out early but it was warm , in the 60sF, and fishing was on right from the start.  We fished double nymph rigs and streamers and did very well,, I think all total the guys landed somewhere around 125 fish total today.  A mix of rainbows, browns, and brookies, several of the fish landed were citation sized brookies (18-20″) and a rainbow.  Tim landed two gaint redhorse suckers, which are fun to catch.    Fishing was on fire today, no other way to say it.  We fished til about 630pm and called it a day.  Here are some pics…

On 3-15-2019 I did a tailwater high water float trip with Ted Linczak.  Ted did the two day trout bum trip and decided to stick around and he wanted to do a float trip on the big water on the South Holston.  TVA still dumping 4100 + cfs (normal generation amount is 2400-2500cfs, the river is in the trees.  Fishing was on fire.  Ted wanted to do a streamer float, which is what we did, we did the lower 10 miles of river and had a great day.  300 grain sinking lines and big rods and big flies…..plus fishing them in the right spot and we ended up having a 60 fish day on streamers will a ton of nice fish caught, several of which we 20 inch and larger browns.  One rainbow in the mix otherwise it would have been a brown trout event totally……Caught all our fish on one of my Olive Double L streamers, they simply ate it up.  We did the close n precise game, using some of the techniques I used for years on some of our big rivers in Eastern NC striper fishing….and works like a charm.  We had an incredible day of streamer fishing, ask good as you could hope for.  It rained heavily in the morning before we started, but it quit and remained cloudy til 2pm when the sun came out.  The fishing was good regardless.  Sunny 64F and that is hard to beat after all the nasty weather we’ve had.  Here are some pics of our day….

Our March calendar has been full for some time and April has a few openings, but I suspect they too will be soon full.  We have a very small handful of days still open in May for anyone interested.  Booking up a little faster than in years past, going to be a great spring!

Tight Lines….

Jeff

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