Friday, May 3, 2019

Fly Fish Middle TN

Lou called for a trip to the river. It was a wet and lousy winter and everyone wanted to get a date for a float. Lou called at the right time and we were able to get him on the schedule and before any of us knew it we were meeting at the ramp. Ramps (or gravel bars) are an interesting place to spend just a little-bit of time. People are launching boats, trying to fish, skipping rocks and generally just passing the time. While running the shuttle angler's will often fish a little and eventually will just take in the day. This time when I returned to the boat, Jessie and Lou were just talking and passing the time. It's a great way for them to spend to spend a little time and to catch-up before the action starts.
Lou stuck the first trout while lifting a nymph. The rainbow hit the nymph on the rise and that was that, the skunk was off the boat. A short time later Jessie took his first on a dead-drift. So we were on our way to a good day, there were smiles and Krispy Kremes all around.
Fat rainbows and big-fat cigars make the days for anglers. While the fish were coming off blow-downs and off gravel bars the bigger fish came out of creek mouths. We ran nymphs through the runs across shoals and along the edges of small rock bluffs. The guys kept putting their flies in the places I asked them to put those flies and for the most part the fish kept coming. 

We are expecting good fishing into the summer . If you want to get into some good float trips, and who wouldn't, just shoot us a text or send an email to and we will get a date on the calendar. After a wet and lousy winter you will be glad you made the call.
If you are a seasoned angler or have never picked up a fly rod and want to set up a day on the river e-mail or call/text 615-796-5143 to book a day on the water. For additional booking information see our Homepage and to see the latest fishing report click here.

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Quick Fishing Report

I just came in from the river and wanted to put up a quick report. The fish are beginning to cooperate and the trout are looking healthy. Below is not the largest trout have caught since the last report, by any means, but it is one of the healthy fish that angler's are bringing to the net. For the most part we are nymphing and the fish must be eating down low or they just think our flies are tasting good right now. Either way we are netting our share.

Anglers and the guide are having fun aboard the F/V Southeastern Fly. Other waters are opening up for us and the calendar is filling. If you want to get out there and have a good day on the water just text, call or email. We will be glad to get you in the casting braces.
If you are a seasoned angler or have never picked up a fly rod and want to set up a day on the river e-mail or call/text 615-796-5143 to book a day on the water. For additional booking information see our Homepage and to see the latest fishing report click here.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Joe and Greg- Old Friends on the River

The rivers that have friendly generation and the freestone streams have been good to the folks in the casting braces. So when Joe reached out to get some R&R in the casting braces I knew this was going to be a really good trip. Last year Joe had a good trip and this year he was hoping for the same. We shoved off and got right down to business. It wasn't long at all before Joe and Greg were bringing fish to the net. We dialed in the depth and the right pattern within the first several minutes and, well the guys started adding numbers as we searched for the nicer fish. 
The first several trips of the year are normally some of the best and not just for
numbers. The quality of the fish have been there both on freestones and on the tailwaters. Joe knew the routine and Greg wasn't far behind as we searched for those quality fish. The river did not disappoint and both of the anglers got into clean lines while increasing the count of fish coming to the net.
There is always one best fish on these floats. This trip it was Greg's turn to have that fish. Most of the fish were in the deeper holes, but from time to time we would find a good one close to structure. The drift? Oh yes the drift. We always encourage a good drift. Greg was fishing close to a small blowdown and had the right line with a clean drift...drag-free. The fly stopped and Greg set the hook. We followed the fish through the rest of the pool and onto the next shoal. The boat came to rest against some other structure and with the net waiting Greg got that fish turned and then it slid across the wooden hoop on the Brodin. 

From the time we shoved away from the gravel bar this was an enjoyable day. There were no other boats on the river and fresh water all day. The anglers and the guide were enjoying just a good day all around. This trip really helps to set the pattern for this season and I am excited to get anglers in the braces to have some really good trips down the river this season. 

If you are a seasoned angler or have never picked up a fly rod and want to set up a day on the river e-mail or call/text 615-796-5143 to book a day on the water. For additional booking information see our Homepage and to see the latest fishing report click here.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring and the White Bass

After a long and wet winter everyone is hoping spring is here. With the arrival of better weather comes the arrival of the white bass. These striped friends are running up most rivers that flow into our area lakes. When the bite is really on, it is on for sure. Find one and there will be more. Some of the lowest miles of the local tailwaters are (and soon will be) ripe with these little jewels.

What about flies? I don't want to give away anyone's secrets so I will only say get the fly in the fish's face, which means when fishing holes it needs to have some weight a lot of times. What about fly color? Not to spill the beans here and there certainly aren't any secrets in this department. Any color works and any color combo works as long as it's mostly or all white. 100% white has worked best for us with a little flash added. Notice we said a little flash.

We are ready to do white bass trips and trout trips as anglers are finally able to get in the casting braces and I am warming the rowers seat. It seems like we went from no place to fish to options with a couple tailwaters waiting to open up. The calendar is opened and we are booking days. If you are ready to fish call, text or email and lets get on the river. Thanks for stopping by!

If you are a seasoned angler or have never picked up a fly rod and want to set up a day on the river e-mail or call/text 615-796-5143 to book a day on the water. For additional booking information see our Homepage and to see the latest fishing report click here.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Charity Rutter on this Episode of Influence

Listen here at this link or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
Owner of R and R Fly Fishing and Rise Fly Fishing Advice , Charity Rutter joins us on this episode of Southeastern Fly, The Angler's Influence. Charity walks us through her fly fishing story, which begins in rural Oklahoma and winds its way through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 
Right away Charity provides insight about some of the projects she is currently working on such as an all ladies "Glamping" trip. We walk along with Charity as tells us of growing up in Oklahoma and then about moving to Tennessee where she met her husband Ian and how they began their guiding business. 
As usual, if there is a bear story to be told you will hear it here on influence. Charity tells of a peanut butter bar seeking bear that made itself right at home in the backseat of the family auto. Finally we talk about Casting for Recovery and the fantastic job the organization does for lady anglers.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Tate Cunningham on Influence

Moonshine Rod Company Partner and Drummer for the band Safetysuit , Tate Cunningham talks with us about his first time fly fishing in Deckers, to befriending the guys at the fly shop. He leads us on the path as he fly fished with local Nashville musicians who took Tate through fly fishing 101. We also talk about reading John Gierach books even though neither of us can pronounce John's last name the same way twice.
His laid back and easy going style, along with a couple techniques to help with your fly fishing game, makes for enjoyable conversation. Come along as we meet Tate Cunningham.
You can listen to the episodes at these links: iTunes/Google Play , Libsyn , or anywhere you download podcasts

Wanda Taylor on Influence

Wanda has been a professional guide and fly casting instructor since the 80”s. She’s been a feature angler or host in magazines, on radio, television, video, computer fly fishing games and podcasts from coast to coast. Her passion is teaching independent fly casting/fishing  to women and girls, as well as, pursuing fins with a fly around the  world.
Come along as Wanda takes us on a life long journey that starts with her Grandmothers in North GA and onto her fishing partner Capt. Gary Taylor, then she meets up with Lefty at a critical time in her career, and before she chases a Blue Marlin world record with Capt. Jake Jordan.
You can listen to the episodes at these links or anywhere you download podcasts: Libsyn, iTunes/Google Play 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

2018 Christmas Wishlist Ideas for Any Fly Angler

Are you tired of being asked, by family and friends, what do you want for Christmas and not knowing the answer? Don't worry Southeastern Fly is here to help. First get your day on the water with a Southeastern Fly gift certificate...(shameless plug). Although that's a great gift don't just settle there. Nope, here are the top five items in no particular order that can make any fly angler's Christmas Very Merry. Yep, all you have to do is forward the link to this article and BOOM your Christmas list is done. Then your friends and family shopping begins. Let's face it they will be thrilled to get you such a nice gift. So hang on tight cause here we go.

The guys at High Country Boats are from the mountains of Western North Carolina and they spend their summers guiding. Then when wintertime comes they go into the boat shop and build some of the cleanest and and classiest looking drift boats on the market today. For a cool $13K+ you can slip between the oars, load a couple anglers in the braces, and spend your days on the water.  Link

When starting a saltwater boat company there isn't anyone in the world you would want to have in your corner more than Flip Pallot and boat designer Chris Morejohn. Their first show display was a handmade pond with 4" or so inches of water. That pond had a Hell's Bay Boat floating right in the middle of it. That display proved to anglers everywhere these boats had the ability to go further on the flats which could give the angler the opportunity to catch more fish. If you're close to saltwater (or not) and someone is looking for a Christmas gift in the $48K and up range, this might just be exactly the right gift for you. Link

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Since we are on the theme of boats and fly fishing let's stay there with an opportunity to let your gift giver's choose from several packages of fly fishing luxury. Stay on the Nomad of the Seas as your home away from home. Oh and hey they throw in helicopter flights to the fishing destinations and drift boat trips too. Don't forget that it's all inclusive, so you get all the great food you would ever want to eat with wine tasting and an open bar. While they are at it let them know you want that single-premium cabin with a king size bed and the wildlife excursions too. Airfare, tips and other fees are not included and that's why the cost of this is going to be around $20K, but hey who's countin?  Link

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Sometimes it is better to guess what someone wants for Christmas, but they asked and who are you to disappoint by asking for socks or day at the spa. Hidden Lake Ranch may be the perfect fly fishing Christmas gift if you are looking for something more permanent. Just outside Pagosa Springs, CO.  this 760 acre property is situated on Weminuche Creek with 3 miles of private water and the property also boasts 5 stocked lakes to keep you on your still-water game . There's trophy game hunting for your hunting friends and it's close to an airstrip because quick access is important. This property borders a national forest to keep others at arms length. The price has been reduced just in time for Christmas. At $12.2M this may be the bargain of the Season and possibly the best bargain on your list. Link

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Mongolia. You will probably have to show them where it is on the map, but they will be happy to send you there, I'm sure of it. This is a bucket list destination and well, they,asked for a list. The Mongolia terrain is similar to the terrain of Montana. But Mongolia has taimen in excess of 60". What better way to fish through the land of Genghis Khan than from a drift boat . The best part of this trip other than the fishing, food, fireside chats in the evening and all the other amenities are yurts! Yep,you get to stay in a yurt with wool blankets and wood burning stoves. From where you are reading this it is probably a long way to Mongolia. With all that travel you will want to take a friend to share the experience. Two anglers make for better math when traveling to a foreign land and there are two casting braces in the boat.  I mean the math just seems to work. Math, its a thing. Throw in travel costs and tips, really the price isn't terrible. At $25K for double occupancy this is an experience and a bargain for an opportunity to throw mouse patterns at 60" fish. Link

There you have it, 2018 Christmas Wish List Ideas for Any Fly Angler and an excellent list it is. Here's to hoping you get at least one of these gifts this season. Merry Christmas everybody!

If you are a seasoned angler or have never picked up a fly rod and want to set up a day on the river e-mail or call/text 615-796-5143 to book a day on the water. For additional booking information see our Homepage and to see the latest fishing report click here

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Josh Comes Back and Gets Into the 20+ Club Again

It's been a minute since we had a old fashioned fishing report, but we have been filling seats in the Southeastern Fly. As we enter the leading edge of winter it's a good time to reflect on late summer and fall. During late summer, I got a visit from Josh and we hit the river with Brent. I have waited since that day to post this photo and report, because I didn't want too many people showing up in this "super-secret fishing hole". So, we waited on this one. I'm pretty sure no one will know where we were fishing .

So what was going on? We had already floated the river in the early morning and we just went back to the pool to kill some time and laugh at the recreational folks who were tying up the ramp. Frankly, it was exciting backing the trailer down the ramp, while two trucks took up the launching end. But, finally after politely asking someone to move their truck, we dumped the drifter and got down to business.

There was minimal movement in the water and we were done for the day so we just picked up the slightest flow and dropped some nymphs in to see what happened. The action was slow and the sun was hot. But, the conversation was good and we were keeping ourselves entertained by watching the  ramp, which was nothing short of the zoo. We were bobbing around and had the best vantage point for viewing the carnage that is a public boat ramp now days.. 

The nymphs were producing fish here and there as people and watercraft came and then went. The sun was almost unbearable...almost.

Slow moving nymphs with perfect dead-drifts were all that was working. While other boats were chucking big streamers with no action, we at least were keeping ourselves somewhat busy with a fish here and there. Besides, we had already done our float, this extra time on the water was a bonus and we had nothing but fun in mind. Chucking big streamers is macho and all (you've heard how some folks are- "yeah dude we are throwing streamers and only going for trophies...blah, blah, blah") but heck we aren't afraid to float nymphs anywhere and occasionally catch a nice fish or two.

There we were bobbing around in the pool and bringing some fish to the net and fending off the occasional boat that wanted to fish our water. And that's when our somewhat peaceful float was interrupted by...Josh setting the hook.

The fight was on right away as Josh began a tug of war with something that had the ability to pull hard enough to stay deep for an extremely long period of time. The fish pulled the drifter around for a while as Josh struggled to gain control. Josh is no stranger to catching big fish, but this one was different and it was perfectly content with staying on the bottom... thank you very much.  

Eventually with some coaxing the fish came off the bottom and Josh began to gain some line and control. It was a fight worth watching as the fish slowly pulled like a train leaving the station. Brent and I were watching and giving orders from time to time just to see if Josh might have the ability to take our heckling and still gain line. Josh did well with both tasks.

The fight probably didn't last as long as it felt and eventually Josh tricked the fish into the net. It was nothing short of a good time and always made better when other people are watching. The fish was a nice one, well above the 20" mark. Josh was happy and this fish apparently made it worth his drive from Mississippi. It was a nice catch for the F/V Southeastern Fly taken from the super-secret fishing hole.

If you are a seasoned angler or have never picked up a fly rod and want to set up a day on the river e-mail or call/text 615-796-5143 to book a day on the water. For additional booking information see our Homepage and to see the latest fishing report click here

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

***Podcast Alert*** Southeastern Fly presents the Angler's Influence Podcast.

Dan Sharley has been an angler most of his life and he is a watercolor artist of all things fish (and more). His passion for fishing and painting often collide and result in much of the work that goes into Dan's paintings. Dan is also a musician, a former college quarterback and just a real fishy guy. We had some fun with this episode as we explored the influences in Dan's fishing career. Also, we had a chance to introduce Dan's cat, Festus and as Dan says "it's Festus' world were just trying to live in it". You can find Dan's website here. Click on the player below and I hope you enjoy this episode of Southeastern Fly presents the Angler's Influence Podcast.