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NOVEMBER 19, 2011 ROBERT WALKER AND MARILYN LOVE ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON
Today was Robert and Marilyn's second trip this year in Tennessee.  We fished the Holston River earlier this year and today we were on the Watauga and South Holston Rivers. You can look at the first 3 pictures and see just how cold it was when arrived on the South Holston River. The temperature was 22 degrees and it was miserable for a few hours this morning. There was not much happening on the Watauga when we arrived so after a couple of hours there we went back over to the South Holston River. The Sulfurs were hatching sort of lightly and we began to get some strikes. It seemed like the two of them got several strikes ,but they had trouble hooking up. The fish were not in the best feeding mood and we had to fish for awhile to hook into the first one. Marilyn finally hooked a nice one that put up a great fight and the rewards were a beautifully colored rainbow. The two of them stayed at it until about 4:30 and we called it a day. It was good to be back on the river with them and maybe they can make it again next year. Good luck, and a good new year to them.

 Hugh                                                                                                                                                                                                        

NOVEMBER 15, 2011 MIKE BRIDGES AND THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN BLACKBIRD SOFTHACKLE ON ARMSTRONG CREEK
Mike has been up to his usual mischief on the stream and he uses the Smoky Mountain Blackbird Softhackle to bring these monstrous fish up where we can see them and really be envious. Take a look at these nice browns and consider what this great fly can do if used properly like only Mike can do. Here he is telling his story on the stream.

 

Hugh, I was able to fish some private water on Armstrong Creek below the hatchery in North Carolina.  I was curious how the Smokey Mountain Blackbird would perform.  Well, it exceeded even my expectations. I had one nice trout break me off and missed  on a few others, but I was blessed with the two nice browns in the photographs.  I also caught several smaller trout. The Blackbird out fished everything else and it wasn't even close!

                                                                                                                   

 Hugh

October 31, 2011 A PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME ON THE HOLSTON RIVER, BELOW CHEROKEE DAM
These pictures were sent to me Monday afternoon and they are of some clients and friends that have fished the Holston River, below Cherokee Dam this weekend. I wanted you to take notice of the large 28 inch brown in the first picture because of the discussion we have had on the LRO Board about the TWRA and some of it's bad stocking and management practices in the recent past. This is an example of what we might see lots of with better management skills. The pictures of the rainbows are the third set of reports from this river in two weeks with fish going over 20 inches. Some are less than that in size, but it is easy to see what growth these fish have from this great river. The temperatures in the river have dropped in recent days to 64 degrees at mid river and are dropping fast as we experience cold mornings. The river will be back to normal real soon. I think I will start booking trips to the Holston, below Cherokee by MId - November. Try to get you name on the list real soon for some great winter fishing.

  Hugh                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

October 30, 2011 BOB AND GAIL DOSSER FISHING THE SULFUR HATCH ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
Bob and Gail Dosser are friends from Baton Rouge , La. and I have guided them on several occasions in years past. They were in East Tn. finishing up a long series of trips and they wanted to end it with a good tailwater trip to the South Holston River. We had to wait until later in the morning to get on the river because of cold temperatures and heavy fog. TVA did a pulse and as it was going down the Sulfurs started hatching. This was a great time to hit the water and it wasn't long until Gail caught her first fish. We spent the rest of the afternoon with Bob and Gail catching fish on the Rockhold Sulfur Emerger. It seemed to be mostly rainbows and an occasional brown. We had a great time and I bade them farewell at the end of the day.

 Bob showed me some great pictures of a trip that he and Gail did this summer on the Bow River in Alberta, Canada. I asked if he would share them with everyone and tell about his experience there. He agreed to do this and we can look forward to a great trip to the Bow River in a short while.

  Hugh                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  MIKE AND ADAM GOFF ON THE WATAUGA AND SOUTH HOLSTON RIVERS
Mike and Adam Goff are Father and and Son fly fishermen from Mississippi. They were visiting the Smokies and wanted to try a tailwater trip. We headed out early Saturday morning and it was still raining some as we drove to Elizabethton. The temperature was just above freezing when we got into the Watauga River and we sure felt it. We fished until lunch time and both fellows caught a few fish. They did better that I expected with the weather being rotten through out the morning. All of the fish that we caught here were Rainbows except for one small brown. The size was good on most of them and I was pleased with their performance. It was time for the water to come on on the Watauga and time for TVA to turn it off on the South Holston River. In just a few minutes we were on that river and a Sulfur hatch had begun. The rest of the evening was fun and many fish were caught and some missed. It was a struggle trying to help both men cast in a strong wind, but they managed and several fish were brought to hand. I had a great time fishing with Father and Son and I hope to see them in the Smokies again.

  Hugh

October 25-26th,2011 TOM, GREG , AND DAVE  WADE FISHING AND FLOATING THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
Tom, Greg, and Dave were a delightful and very intelligent group of men to be on the river with this week. We spent the first half of the day wading and fishing farther down river hoping to catch some fish, but more than anything, I wanted to work with them on their casting and mending skills so they would be prepared for the strong water when TVA started generating and we made our way downriver in a drift boat. Most of the fish caught early were caught on the South Holston Miracle Midge. The fish that were caught while we were floating seemed to like the Rockhold Sulfur Emerger. We had a great time and they learned a lot while were fished. I hope they make it back next year.

  Hugh

OCTOBER  16, 2011 WHAT A GREAT DAY OF FISHING ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON AND WATAUGA RIVERS
It was an extremely beautiful Fall Day in Upper East Tennessee and the fish were just trying to show themselves. The brown trout seemed to be really excited about something today and I just caught one after the other. The rainbows were just as aggressive and full of vigor as well. I tried to split the day up by spending some time on each river so that you could see just what is happening at this time of the year. The browns seemed to be coloring up and quite aggressive as well about feeding. All of the fish were caught today on tandem rigged nymphs. There has been some discussion on the LRO board about tandem rigged nymph fishing and what is the best way to tie on these flies. Today I was fishing the Split Case PMD nymph and the Flashback Pheasanttail Nymph dropped about 14 inches below the top fly. These flies were all tied on with a Pitzen Knot and the dropper was connected with a Pitzen Knot tied in the air around the bend of the hook. This is a total of three Pitzen Knots used giving 100% strength knots from top to bottom. The leader will break before the knot when the Pitzen Knot is tied correctly. The tippet material used was Rio 5X all the way through. This is the strongest setup that I have found. I strongly recommend that you learn how to tie this knot if you are going to used tandem rigs. I hope that we have some more days like today and that all of you can get out on the stream at this most beautiful time of the year.

 

If I can help with a guided trip or if you need any flies, just call 423-586- 6198.

  Hugh

OCTOBER 12, 2011 RICK COOPER AND KEITH WILLIAMS IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Rick and Keith are from near Ocala, Florida. We had intended to fish on the 11th ,but the rain caused us to postpone the trip for 1 day. We met in Townsend and made our way to the Park and looked for a small stream to start casting lessons on.
In just a few minutes Keith had a small fish on and just after that Rick also caught one. We fished this stream for an hour or two and moved to a larger one. It was only a few minutes until each of them were catching fish on this stream. For our last stream, we moved to the Elmont area and right away they were into fish again. It had been a productive day for Rick and Keith and we talked on the way back about fishing a tailwater the next time. Both of them had gotten to the point that they could go to a stream and catch fish fairly well by themselves  and maybe they can get some time in, on their own before going home. I had a great time with Rick and Keith today and I hope to see them again soon.

  Hugh

October 11, 2011 THE MASTER OF THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN BLACKBIRD SOFTHACKLE
Mike Bridges has continually sent me pictures of extremely nice fish that he has caught on the Smoky Mountain Blackbird Softhackle. A few minutes ago he sent the ones that you see in this report. This is an extremely nice native rainbow that he has caught this weekend and it is one of many that he continues to catch with his great fishing skills and the use of the Blackbird. I just don't know of any fly that continues to produce year after year in the manner that the Blackbird does. I want to congratulate Mike for being one of the finest fishermen that I have known and for showing everyone how he has mastered the use of what we both consider the greatest fly in the Southern Appalachians. You need to buy a few of these great fly patterns to see for yourself. Hats off to Mike Bridges and the Smoky Mountain Blackbird Softhackle! Here is Mike in his own words:

 

had a great day of fishing after church on Sunday with your Smokey Mountain Blackbird.  I was fishing a small mountain stream in North Carolina and this trout hit the Blackbird almost the moment it hit the water.  It took a while to land, but it measured 19" and was released. 
 
The Smokey Mountain Blackbird is simply an incredible fly.  I will be ordering more soon.  Please use the photographs anyway you desire.  Thanks again.
 
Michael B. Bridges, Esq.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Dobson, Jones, Ball, Phillips & Bridges, P.A.
Attorneys at Law
 
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 FLOAT TRIP ON THE WATAUGA RIVER WITH JERRY HOWELL AND BARRY TILLY
Barry and Jerry are out of North Carolina and we had originally wanted to fish the South Holston River. TVA was not cooperating so our only choice left was the Watauga. It was raining lightly when we started down the river, but we started catching fish right away. This lasted until about 4-5 boats pushed right by us and things became a little tougher. Farther down the river we began to use streamers and that began to produce some good fish.  We were seeing feeding fish, but they just would not take any of our offerings. We pushed on down the river and the clouds began to turn dark. In just a few minutes the skies opened up. We were getting pretty close to the take out and if it had rained very much longer I think the boat would have filled up. Luckily, it stopped and we loaded the boat up and made our way home. The two fellows were great to be on the river with and I hope I get a chance to fish with them on the South Holston sometime in the future.

  Hugh

SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 NICK MISLOW IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Today I met with Nick Mislow, from Homestead , Florida. He and his family were vacationing in the Smokies and he was looking for something interesting to do. He decided upon Flyfishing and we met in Pigeon Forge. Nick turned out to be one of the fastest learners that I have had the opportunity to guide. Things started off a little slow on the West Prong and got steadily better as we fished the Middle Prong and then the East Prong. The fish averaged pretty small, but they were making up for it by attacking the flies that Nick was presenting to them. The temperatures have moderated in the last week and wet wading for a Florida boy was very telling. It also has livened the fish up. The fishing got progressively better as we went through the afternoon and Nick caught several decent fish. I was really proud of him as his skills improved and the results were very evident. There are not many first timers that catch 20 or more fish and lose a really nice one on their first trip. All in all, it was a great day on the stream with Nick and I wish him well as he tells his friends in Florida about his first trout fishing trip.

  Hugh

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 BOB AND MARILYN MAKE THEIR FIRST TRIP TO MONTANA
   
Bob and Marilyn are old friends and clients. Their home is in Florida and they are nearing retirement age.  Bob travels a lot and does both hunting and fishing trips. He had never made a trip to Montana and after talking with him several times about some of my experiences in that area, he decided to give it a try this year. He had first planned to go earlier in the summer, but because of high water from snow melt he did arrange a trip to West Yellowstone this week. He sent pictures of his trip and I wanted to show everyone what a float trip looks like on the Madison River. Bob and Marilyn used Big Sky Anglers out of West Yellowstone, Montana for their guide service to do a float trip on the Madison River. Their guide was Joe Moore. Here are some pictures of the trip and I want to thank them for allowing me to use them. Also, you might want to contact this guide service if you are taking a trip to the Yellowstone area. this address will connect you with them. Joe@bigskyangliers.com. Thanks again to both of them and I hope that all of you get a chance to fish this great river.

  Hugh

AUGUST 8, 2011 FISHING THE HOLSTON RIVER WITH CHRIS WAHOSKI
Chris and I made our way to the Holston River early this morning. There was no one else there and we got into the water while watching hundreds of Swallows gliding around looking for hatching insects. We worked on casting and mending skills for awhile and then started moving out into the river. I could see an occasional feeding fish now and then , but we could not get any takes when we presented a fly over them. We fished for almost two hours at this first spot and did not have any strikes. We decided to move up river and when we arrived there Chris had a take on the dropper almost immediately. He lost this fish and then he missed a couple more on the dry fly. It seemed like this was a day to lose fish and after losing two more we slowly moved across the river and finally a hookup came. This one did not come loose and Chris was very proud of it after a hard fight. We moved back to our starting point and left the river for lunch. We fished at our final spot for about 3 more hours and  Chris had more hook ups but just could not hold onto them. A storm moved in and we called it a day. It had been fun, but sometimes frustrating . Chris wants to try it again next year and I look forward to seeing him.

  Hugh

AUGUST 5, 2011 FISHING WITH MATT GUINN ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
I needed to check the South Holston River out before an upcoming trip on Monday and Boomer and I went up early this morning hoping to catch a pulse at 10:00AM and see if the Sulfurs would come off then. When I was pulling my waders on I heard the siren blaring and I knew that we would arrive on the river at just the right time. While walking down the trail I met a gentleman coming out and I thought he might be leaving at the best time. Just as I got to the river I met a young man who said the water was coming up and I asked if he was leaving. He replied that he was. I told him that the rising water would cause the Sulfurs to start hatching and I encouraged him to stay. He told me that he was just a beginner and I told him that I would help him if he needed me to do so. I could see some fish beginning to rise and I told him to get in the water and try for them. He got a strike or two on a Sulfur Softhackle, but did not connect. I handed him my rod and reel  that was rigged with a Tan Wulff and a Rockhold Sulfur Emerger to try. In just a cast or two he had a fish on. He fished it for awhile and caught more fish while I took pictures. Boomer was close by and was giving his approval to all the fish that were hooked. We fished on upstream until it was about time for the water to start generating. It had been a very enjoyable morning meeting a nice young gentleman and catching some very nice fish. I hope to run into him again on the river.

  Hugh

August 2, 2011 CHANDLER GRENIER ON THE HOLSTON RIVER
 
Chandler is back in Morristown on vacation, after working in South Korea. For a second time in two years we did a guided trip together. Our first trip had been to the Smokies and this time he wanted to do a tailwater trip. I had told him that the fishing would be quite a bit different and on his first hookup it turned out to be a huge fish. The fish ran all the way to the other side of the river and went around a snag. Since Chandler was fishing with a 6X tippet the fish broke the leader without even slowing down. Chandler said he had never seen a fish run so far without even slowing down and he was very disappointed to lose a huge fish. A small Caddis hatch started and he had another strike or two but did not connect. A very rude fisherman came walking right through the run we were fishing and we decided to leave for another spot on the river.
  We arrived down river at the new stretch of water and the place was completely empty. It was only a minute and Chandler was into fish. This kept on for a couple of hours and he caught numerous fish. This was our best location , but the water was about to reach us and we moved farther down river. The last stop had been fished pretty hard that morning and we were not very successful here. We had experienced a great day and by mid afternoon we called it a day. I hope to see Chandler again and good luck to him.

 

  Hugh

August 1, 2011 KEITH JIMINEZ ON THE HOLSTON RIVER
Keith is a young Urologist from Huntsville, Alabama. He has a mutual friend that I have guided and he wanted to get in a day of tailwater fishing while he was vacationing in the Smokies. We met on Monday morning and made our way to the Holston River , below Cherokee Dam. We are getting close to the point where TVA will begin drawing down the lakes in East Tennessee so these trips in the next few weeks will be some of the last trips through the middle of the week until late in the year. We started at Mid River and worked on skills but a pulse was coming through that section and it had put the fish down. We fished for about 2 hours and moved downriver to see if it would be better, and it sure was. We were fishing a Little Dark Olive Caddis and using a South Holston Miracle Midge as a dropper. This gave Keith the option of fishing a dry along with a midge dropper. The fish seemed to want both flies. The problem was holding onto these very large fish after hooking one of them. They have attained a very large size now and it is like hooking brutes. When you set the hook on one it would tear the river up and set the reel on fire from some of the runs they would make. I told Keith early on that they could make a grown man cry when they make long blistering runs and finally break you off even though you are doing the best that you can to try to get them slowed down. I thought for a few minutes that he might pull his hair out in frustration, and finally he began to land some of them. Even though it is frustrating, it is fun and some times the fish have to get the better of you. You can see by the pictures though that he had a successful day and I talked to him a few minutes ago and he is going back to seek retribution.

 

  Hugh

July 29, 2011 DOUGLAS RENEGAR ON THE WEST PRONG OF LITTLE RIVER
Douglas Renegar and I met this morning in Gatlinburg and we could see that the rivers were still running a little high. This lead me to think that the West Prong might be our best choice. We got an early start and the fishing seemed to be a little slow. Doug kept at it all morning and brought a couple to hand and missed a few along the way. He was making progress with his casting and mending skills and that is what really counted.  I wanted him to get the basics down and then we could get to some serious fishing. Doug is retired and he looks forward to getting back to the Smokies. He has more time for the fishing now and he plans to spend lots of time on the stream.

  After lunch we got back in the water and the fishing seemed to be picking up compared to this morning. The strikes were coming faster and Doug was connecting with more fish. By mid afternoon he was really getting tired and it seemed like a lot of fish were hitting the strike indicator. This was frustrating and his last fish to strike the indicator was the largest one that we saw all day. It looked to be an 11 inch fish. He hopes to make it back to the Smokies soon and I hope that we get to do a tailwater trip then. My thanks to him for allowing me to guide him.

  Hugh

JULY 24, 2011 THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE LAST FULL DAY WADE TRIPS FOR AWHILE ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
I have made a series of trips to the South Holston and Watauga Rivers in the last two days. The fishing was tough Saturday morning even though the fish were feeding. When they are cued in on size 40 midges, it is really hard to convince them to look at something else. We caught a few ,but they were scarce and small. Yesterday, we went to my favorite section and a mid morning pulse had started the Sulfur hatch. We arrived as it was tapering off and I spent the first half hour helping a fellow fly fisherman get rigged up with some productive flies. Carolyn and I then proceeded to catch some nice browns. The hatch slowed down and made fishing a little tough , but we had a great time and we were worn out from a great day of dry fly fishing. We caught fish and helped another person on the river. What could be better than that?

  Hugh

JULY 16, 2011 A GREAT TRIP TO THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
"Today was one of the most memorable days that I have ever spent on the river, flyfishing". Those were the words that I heard from my wife as we were driving home from the South Holston River late this evening.
  We had worked at home for almost 1/2 of the day before we left for the South Holston. I had fly orders to fill and Carolyn had some much needed house cleaning to catch up on. I thought that we might arrive on the river at about the time the Sulfurs were starting to come off. We passed through numerous showers as we drove up I-81 and it was still raining lightly as we approached the river in the Rockhold community. I always check the river as I'm driving along the route to where I want to fish and I noticed that the river was high and dingy. I kept watching it as we drove along and I thought at first that it might have rained hard and swollen some of the feeder streams. We began to pass some of the small streams, but none of them were "up or dingy'. That left only one possibility and that was that TVA had been generating instead of pulsing earlier in the day. My suspicions were confirmed  as we arrived at the Hickory Tree Bridge and I saw the river was back to normal and very clear. We drove on out to the River Bend area and got out of the car in a light drizzle. I had brought the new Mystic 9ft. 3 in. 5wt. Fly rod with a new Lamson Waterworks reel and new Scientific Anglers fly line. This was a second opportunity to see how it handles and to allow Carolyn to test it. I had rigged it with the Tan Wulff ,#18 Sulfur Yellow pattern for a dry and dropped off a Rockhold Sulfur Emerger underneath it. Carolyn left a few minutes before I did and when I was almost to the river I passed three young men who said the water was just coming up. This sort of scared me because I thought that Carolyn might have gotten into the water. They told me that TVA had generated this morning for an hour. I met about 6 more fellows and one had fallen in with waders on and really gotten wet. We talked with some of the men for a few minutes and I gave out a fly or two and everyone was gone , leaving the river to us. They thought it would be at least 1-1/2 hours before the river would be fishable again. There were no Sulfurs or any feeding fish and we were left looking for something to take up some time until the water started dropping. We decided to just walk along the river and watch while Boomer ran to his hearts content. We finally found an opening and stood for a few minutes watching the water and there was not a bug in sight. We turned away from the river for about five minutes talking and when we turned back, I could not believe my eyes. The river was absolutely covered with Sulfurs. None of them were moving at first, or flying. They were just floating down the river. No fish were feeding either. I have never seen as many Sulfurs on the water in all of my days on this river. The entire river was a solid mass of floating insects. In 5-6 minutes I began to see a few fluttering around and a few were beginning to fly off of the water. In another minute or two I began to see one or two feeding fish. In about 5 minutes the fish were beginning to feed heavily all over the river and there was not a fisherman any where. Carolyn was the first to make her way out into the water and I came in right behind her. I missed a strike or two and then I connected with a nice rainbow. A nice brown followed after that. I really liked the way the New Mystic 5wt was feeling and I asked Carolyn if she wanted to swap rods. She took the Mystic and on the second cast she hooked the nicest fish of the day. A beautiful 18 inch chunky rainbow came cart wheeling out of the water and followed with a tail walk. It took a good 15 minutes to land this fish in strong current and the new rod got a great workout. We had left the cameras at home and we can only tell the story as we saw it.

  In a few minutes the river began to recede and it looked like TVA had only done a pulse this time. We had the river to ourselves and we just caught fish after fish. Surprisingly, the Sulfur hatch died as the water went back to it's normal level and strikes came fewer and farther between. We left the river at about 5:30PM and we felt like it had been a special day for us to have a huge Sulfur hatch and the river all to ourselves.

If I can help with a guided trip or if you would like to buy any of the flies that we used , Just call 423-586-6198.

Hugh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

July 14. 2011 Morning on the Watauga River
To prepare for upcoming trips to the Watauga River I spent the morning in the mid section of the river and there are usually Sulfurs hatching off in this area also. I started off with a tandem rig of the Tan Wulff and a Rockhold Sulfur Emerger. I saw a couple of Sulfurs hatching off in the river , but I could not get any fish to rise. In about 30 minutes I saw a few fish rising to a small BWO hatch but it ended real quickly. I tied on a tandem rig of Split Case PMDs and Two Bit Hookers nymphs. This did not get any fish's attention either. I walked over to the bank and sat down to remove the Two Bit Hooker and replaced it with a South Holston Miracle Midge. This was exactly what the fish were wanting. I only moved about 20 yards for the rest of the time that I fished and I landed 16 fish. They really seemed to be targeting this great midge. The Watauga River was in great shape today and I talked with 3 men who had landed some extremely nice fish up there in past trips. One had taken a 24 inch brown and another had taken a 28 inch fish. Today most of the fish that I caught were in the 10- 14 inch range and looked very healthy.

If I can help with a guided trip to the South Holston or Watauga Rivers, just call 423-586-6198

  Hugh

July 8. 2011 JOHN AND ALLIE ON THE HOLSTON RIVER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

I met with John and Allie this morning and we made our way to the Holston River to try to get in some fishing before the rain arrived. This turned out to be a day that we just could not get ahead of Mother Nature. They were a beautiful and lovely couple to be around and we went through some casting instruction as I normally do when I first arrive on the river. We barely started fishing and the rain started. It had also rained some time yesterday evening and the river was already muddy and new rains that were arriving just dampened our spirits even more. We went back to the car and waited for the weather to clear and in 1/2 hour we were back in the water. We all worked hard on skills and both John and Allie were doing nicely by lunch time. The weather forecast was going down hill fast and we called it a day leaving the couple to have a good time in Gatlinburg. Some times the weather just does not give you a break and this was one of those days. I want to thank them for allowing me to work with them on their skills and I hope they get to spend time again in East Tennessee.

July 4, 2011 Ernie Roberts and Eric Foster on the Holston River
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My friend Ernie Roberts has been under the weather for a few weeks and this Friday the doctor gave him permission to get back on the stream and start living his life in a normal manner again. We met at 8:00 AM and made our way to the Holston River and after a short walk we were into fish. As you can see by the picture, the fish was a very nice one. We continued on across the river after catching 3 more fish and caught several more that were respectable in size. After a while Ernie felt like he had experienced a very good morning and we left the river. Ernie had a chance to fish with the new Mystic Flyrod and he gave it two thumbs up for great casting qualities. It had been a good morning for both of us and it was great to get back on the river with my old fishing buddy. I'm very glad his health has improved as well.

After leaving Ernie I made my way to a section of the river where I found my wife instructing my Step Son, Eric, and I got into the river with them. This was his first time at trying flyfishing. He works in Knoxville in the health care industry and is a short time away from starting med school. He had not been off from work very long and my wife had him in the middle of the river casting away to wary fish. I took her place for awhile and worked with him for a couple of hours. Carolyn came back and got along beside him and he was making very nice casts. As we approached the upper part of the run a thunderstorm was getting close and we made our way to the cars. It sure was great to see another member of the family taking up this great sport. I hope to get to spend time with Ernie and Eric again soon and good luck to both of them as the Summer moves along.

  Hugh

 

 

JULY 1, 2011 NEW FLIES FOR THE TAILWATERS
I have been tying the Tan Wulff and the X Caddis for several years and I did not have all of the versions listed on my website. Today I had some extra time and after tying some new flies I felt like I needed to photograph and place these important versions on my Tailwater Page. The South Holston Sulfur hatch is going strong and a good Spinner Fall is taking place late in the evening. Many people are like myself and do not stay on the river long enough to fish this part of the hatch. Two or three of my friends have been spending time on the river late in the day and have found this pattern to be effective. The top four pictures are of the RIVER BEND SULFUR CRIPPLE . Try this hot, hot fly for the Spinner Fall.

The next three flies are versions of the Extended Body Tan Wulff. Try this pattern for finicky larger browns.

The last picture is a version of the Blue Springs X-Caddis tied with hackle to give better flotation, and I have been fishing it regularly on the Holston River, below Cherokee Dam. The pictures below are of some nice rainbows that I caught with it yesterday.

 

All of these flies have performed extremely well and they have been used on the South Holston, the Watauga, and the Holston River, below Cherokee Dam. If you would like to purchase any of these flies or take a guided trip and see how they work first hand, just call 423-586-6198.                

  Hugh

 

 

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