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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Trout Hatchery Funding Update

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:

For 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.

Their 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,

Because 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:

Last 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. 

I 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:

As 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.