Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Report - Clinch River(March 1, 2015)

We've had some extreme weather in East TN lately.  Two weeks straight of ice and snow.
I was able to squeeze in a quick trip to the Clinch.  I opted to fish the pool below Norris Dam. I was in the river for around an hour and brought two fish to hand.  The snow was still on the ground and it was great to get out in the brisk cold air.
Rainbow took a #24 midge

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tailwater Report - December 2014

The last half of December provided a few opportunities for me to get out and do some fishing on a couple of my local tailwaters - the Clinch and Holston Rivers.  I had not been on the Holston since last May.  Once my buddy and I arrived at the river, we immediately began seeing some rising fish in one of my favorite runs.  Once we were rigged and wader'd up we were into the fish right out of the gate and action stayed pretty consistent for the couple hours we were there. Midges were primary producer of takes in size #18.
The Clinch river was fishing pretty well on the upper half of the river.  We have been catching most of our fish on midges(#20-24).
I'm looking forward to 2015 and what it has in store.  2014 provided some excellent fishing around my neck of the woods.  Hopefully this new year will continue to produce.

Also - I wanna give a shout out to my buddy Rodney - @big0rodjennings (instagram) to getting back into fly fishing after a short hiatus.  Fishing buddies, swapping stories, fly tying, and getting to know others who enjoy fly fishing is half of the fun on the river.





Monday, December 8, 2014

Sow Bug Pattern

For years I've felt that the sow bug was a bug that I underutilized on the Clinch River.  A few years ago, I wanted to create a sow pattern for my home river.  As I began researching other patterns I saw different methods and some attributes I liked and some I didn't.  A couple weeks ago, I saw FlyFishFood put out their "Gut Stack Sow Bug".  To my surprise it greatly resembled the bug I usually tie for the Clinch.  I would say it's improved greatly with UV resin.  I use Clear Cure Goo and really like it a lot.  Here are a couple pictures of the Gut Stack version I tied up recently.  I'm expecting good results and hope to have some to show soon.  On the clinch I've typically used #16 and #14 for sow bugs.
Light Gray Sow Dub version

Dark gray Sow Dub from Fly Fish Food with Orange hothead
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Clinch River Report - November 29


TVA gave wade fisherman the first glimpse of low water in what has seemed an eternity this past weekend.  The weather was fairly warm and and the water was low so I had to get outside.  The low water window was only about 3-4 hours so I had to fish the upper end of the river.  Fishing was ok.  I managed to locate some willing fish on some new midge patterns I wanted to experiment with in sizes 18 and 20.  I'm expecting a few more opportunities for low water fishing in the next coming weeks.
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Rainbow took a #18 olive sparkle midge

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fly Fish Food



I've been really impressed with the guys from Fly Fish Food.  They have some great ideas and new variations or twists on some original fly patterns.

They also now have an online store and offer a good variety of materials.  One of the best things about their fly tutorials is that they have links directly to the specific materials needed for the pattern.  Their tutorial videos are very well done and easy to follow(unlike some others I've watched over the years). 

If you get the chance be sure to check them out.
Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Fly Fish Food Website





Thursday, September 11, 2014