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
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.
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).
Below is the latest update I just received via Email from the Trout Unlimited Clinch River Chapter:
To all members and friends of the Clinch River Chapter:
the most recent developments in the continuing controversy over funding
for trout hatcheries, please see the message below from Dick Geiger,
president of the Clinch River Chapter TU, and the comments from Rick
Murphree, chairman of the Tennessee Council TU.
messages refer to a May 27 public meeting in Knoxville, hosted by TVA,
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
and Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The meeting provided an
opportunity for the public to comment on long-term funding
recommendations to continue trout stocking programs in TVA reservoirs
and tailwaters; the recommendations were developed by the Trout Hatchery
Funding Stakeholder Working Group, whose members (one is our own Buzz
Buffington) all benefit from recreation-based trout stocking.
Clinch River Chapter members and friends,
of funding restrictions and sequestration in the federal government
during the last several years, there have been potential impacts to the
operation of the federal hatchery system. A letter-writing campaign to
the TN delegation in Congress maintained the funding, but Congress
instructed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to attempt to
recover payments for operation of the hatcheries. TVA agreed to fund
their portion of stocking the tailwaters below TVA dams ($900,000 per year for three years).
Please go to www.tva.gov/hatchery and
download the 4 alternatives and provide comments to the working group.
Your comments will show you are interested in maintaining the fisheries
in the tail waters below the TVA dams.
Dick Geiger, President
Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited
From Tennessee Council Chair Rick Murphree to the Tennessee TU members, May 28:
night TVA held a public meeting to gather input on 4 proposed
alternatives for funding for USFWS trout hatcheries. This was the first
time we had seen the 4 alternatives. Attached is my statement. I didn't
read all of this but did enter it into the record.
addressed the panel and did not directly endorse any of the
alternatives as I'd not had an opportunity to get input from the
Council. However, I did address the 4th alternative whereby TVA would
use its facilities to replace the trout currently produced by the USFWS
and would absorb that cost. In reading the summary of the alternative
the only substantive objection was that TVA ratepayers would bear the
cost estimated at some $900K per year. I pointed out to the panel that,
using TVA's own data, this was $0.10 per TVA customer per year and this
seemed to me to be very reasonable.
According to TVA you should be able today to go to their web sitewww.tva.gov/hatchery and download the summary statements of the 4 alternatives.
And a later comment, also from Rick Murphree on May 28:
I understand Alternative 4, TVA would pay the $900K to produce the
trout that are currently provided by the USFWS Hatchery system. I
assume from the text that TVA would use its hatcheries but it seems to
me that it's more likely that the production would be shared between
TWRA's hatchery system and TVA.
What I like about that is the we here in TN would control the future production for the tailwater systems.
Over the past couple weeks I've been hearing some good reports and seeing pictures from some great trips out on the Holston. I was able to get a taste of my own the other day and it was indeed a fun trip.
The Holston has such an abundance of bugs which requires a variety filled fly box. Throughout the afternoon fish were rising to caddis, sulphurs, and other various mayflies.
My experience on the holston is pretty limited. It's a terrific river but doesn't have a ton of public access in relation to the magnitude of the large river. It holds some large trout, small mouth bass, and a large carp population.
I'm excited to learn more about the holston. It's a beautiful fishery and isn't too far from home.
I caught fish on nymphs 14-18, sulphur dries and emergers 16, and caddis emergers 14-16.
Also had a five lb carp eat a stealth bomber pheasant tail nymph variation. That was fun!