Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fly Fishing Near Chattanooga

For anglers who live in Chattanooga and for those who may be visiting for business or pleasure, there are several options for fly fishing. Two of those options will be listed in this report. Want to know the latest info about what's working on the river? We can let you know the latest bugs that are working and the more productive areas. Want to get yourself in the casting brace of a drift boat for a day or half-day? Just email me for the latest bugs or to get a date on the calendar. The fishing has been very good aboard the F/V Southeastern Fly. 
Finally the terrestrials are starting to come around to our way of thinking. We thought they'd never turn back on. Fishing a terrestrial with a nymph or midge dropper is beginning to turn some fish's heads. The water on the Caney Fork has been as clear as I can remember. The fish are skittish (that's may be the understatement of the year) but they will still go for a well placed terrestrial on the correct tippet.
Speaking of the right tippet, the smaller the better...up to a certain point. Presentation is critical, as I have said many times on this report. The trailing midge does require some smaller tippet, but after the trout is fooled  there's still some work to be done. The tippet still has to keep the connection between you and the fish. The Caney does have some fish that don't mind testing tippet and of course your knot stength.
Fly fishing from the casting brace of a drift boat, well, there may not be a better way to fish for trout on the planet. Presentation from the boat is important and easier. The Elk has a lot of vegetation right now. Those who do not know the river will have a harder time finding the right water to drop a fly. Nymphs have been really getting some attention this summer. The rainbows and browns are responding well to our offerings. Again the right presentation in the right area has been giving anglers an above average shot at good numbers of fish.
If you've seen seven states at Rock City or stood in the Falls Room at Ruby Falls and felt the wind, it may be time to occupy one of the casting braces in the drifter. Or if you just want to do something different that a normal tourist doesn't want to, then it may be time to get on the water. The fishing? Well it has been very good aboard the F/V Southeastern Fly.
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.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tonto and Bubba Go Fly Fishing

Dang this was a fun float down the river. If you notice there are a lot of smiles in the photos and it was that same way when the camera was off too. Duane and Ted, that's there real names, had been on middle Tennessee waters for several days and on their way home stopped by to float with me. Yep they were getting on another Tennessee tailwater before heading home. 
Two friends who have known each other for 40+ years. They have been on many adventures and have shared a lot of things that life can throw at us. I think this float is one that I learned more about life than they could have learned from me about fly fishing. But all in all it seems like it worked out for all involved. Well let's get to the fishing portion of this fishing report. Here we go in a hundred-fifty words or less....
We got on the boat and made our way downstream. There were some fish sipping midges but not real hungry for anything up top. The guys saddled up to the casting braces and went to work on some fishing feeding just off the bottom. It took no time for the fish to start coming to the net and they didn't let up. We ate lunch and so did the fish. After lunch the fish were still eating the same stuff and they got bigger but there were less of 'em. Before the day was over we were sun burned but almost satisfied. We loaded the drifter on the trailer and said by to the riverbillies, then we hit the local BBQ joint and ate too much. We said our goodbyes until the next time we get on the drifter....and we all lived happily ever after....err well you know what I mean. Thanks guys that was a fun day!  THE END
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Brown Trout Fly Fishing with Michelle and Lane

When Lane and Michelle stepped into the casting braces the sky was blue and the water was low. The low water and clear skies would call for stealthy approaches and longer casts. Also, it wouldn't hurt to have the patience to fish long stretches at a snails pace. We hooked up pretty quick with some rainbows but this was more a day of quality browns and good company.
Lane would start off the brown trout fishing with a slow low water presentation. After several shots into productive water Lane settled into a slow drift. The fly traveled several feet before the brown took the fly. Lane played the brown into the net and he was warmed up for the next section of the river, which would prove to be pretty productive.
We boated a few more before we located another low and slow moving seam. Michelle dropped her fly right in the seam and it didn't take before another brown took the fly "on a dead-run". When Michelle raised the rod and set the hook the rod actually looked like the fish set the hook right back at her. The Orvis rod took on a solid bend as line began slipping through the guides. Michelle began to play the fish. This one tried several different things to get away, but Michelle didn't have time for those tricks and brought the fish to the net. Score another one for the angler in the front brace! But, the "catching" wasn't over and after a stop for lunch while watching the river slowly pass by there was more fishing to be done.
The river would continue to give up some fish throughout the float. We just kept picking them up by using clean presentations of productive nymphs. With nothing much going on "up top" we bounced and ended up in some recently productive water. Lane continued to bring numbers to the net but once again Michelle would bring the quality.

"Drop the fly right there, OK mend, mend a little more, shake out some line...set" Michelle was spot-on with the instruction and frankly a little ahead on the set. The fish was quickly moving into the the flow and trying to get an edge. Where do these bigger fish get there fighting techniques? It didn't matter because now Michelle had the fish hooked and the tippet was connected to her brand new TFO. This brown was as good as caught from the hook set. It wasn't long before Michelle was releasing that fish and we were making our way to the ramp after a good day on the river.

Michelle and Lane were a lot of fun to have on the boat. There were some periods of slow catching but they kept their head in the game and were ready when opportunities came. They fished the low water and clear skies with stealthy approaches and longer casts and they had a great brown trout day.
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, July 1, 2016

Bernardo and Andy on Hot Day

When Bernardo and his son Andy stepped on the boat the temperature was already close to ninety degrees. We knew it would be a hot and muggy day. Even though there was only a 20% chance of rain I think we all knew there would be a chance of getting wet, not from the river but from the rain. We would indeed end the day wet but smiling while looking for the chance to catch some fish.
We pushed the drifter off the trailer and it settled on the anchor. After getting the rods rigged we were soon drifting in the current. The water was still a little high but Bernardo wasted no time hooking up. The skunk was off early and it wasn't long before Andy followed with a rainbow of his own.
The guys were hooked on a fairly regular basis throughout the morning as they fished tight, and mean tight, to structure. With off-color water they had to put the fly right in the face of the fish and that's what they were doing. Andy was especially good at fishing the blowdowns and it showed with each passing log. Still the count was neck-n-neck with Bernardo leading the way throughout most of the float. The temperatures continued to rise and so did the humidity. Even the livestock found the shade and cool water just to make it through the afternoon. 
After lunch the water release hit us and the river began to rise. We went deep with nymphs but the water was too stained to be real productive. Andy was first on the streamer and picked up the first smallie of the trip. 
The rains came and when most of the recreational folks headed for cover the guys fished-on. Andy hit a productive bank of rocks with some swift water flowing off the corner. A big freakin nice fish hit Andy's streamer and blasted off the corner. Andy set the hook as the fish began to make the first run and when it felt the sting of the hook it accelerated even faster. All this happened within what felt like two seconds and then the line went limp. It was over. Andy handled it much better than I usually do with only a few words and some mumbling. Soon he was back to casting the streamer and retrieving. Bernardo was soon on a streamer as well as we picked our way down the bank.
We were coming to the end of the float and things were getting interesting. Andy was once again hooked up as his fly came across a popular and deep pool. After three other boats had fished, Andy had just the right retrieve. He had a good hookset and was in a pretty strong fight. This fish wasn't as big as "the one that got away" but it wasn't going to come to the net without some tricks of its own.

We followed the rest of the fleet into the final stretches of the float and the guys didn't leave a stone un-turned on this float. At the end of the day the guys caught some nice fish using a few different techniques. Their presentation was good from start to finish and their skills of getting the fish to the net made for a more productive day. 

In the end that 20% chance of rain found us. So the chance of rain on the river must have been 100%. But, when others ran for cover Bernardo and Andy decided to catch fish vs. give up and miss a chance to catch some fish.
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, June 22, 2016

Fly Fish the White River

Recently we took a trip to the White River in Arkansas. It was a good trip with a good group of friends. The fishing was good and we caught our share as well as someone else's share of fish. All fought hard, all put a smile on our face and all were welcomed when they slid into our net. As with every trip to the river there were things we learned. So I thought it might be best if some of the things learned were shared...along with some photos from the trip.

Things I Learned on a recent trip to the White River in Arkansas.

1. If you are dialed-in on your local tailwater you will probably be OK when you get on the White
2. All fish in the White are not 30"
3. All 30"ers in the White are not 30"
4. It's OK to be lazy and just fish what you want
5. The right cabin is a long way from the best pizza in the United States
6.  I-840 was paid for by tire companies and those tire companies have recouped their investment 10 times over
7. It is not impossible to sleep well the first night in a new place
8. 4 decades = 9 monkey years
9. John Prine is a good traveling partner
10. I stole this idea
11. Buffalo City is a long way from...well anything
12. There are no Buffalo in Buffalo City, Arkansas
13. On a multi day trip it's OK to take an afternoon off from fishing
14. Playing music should be part of every multi day fishing trip
15. Don't play banjos when you are a long way from nowhere
16. Riverbillies look exactly like you think
17. There are no "pretty good" crop duster pilots
18. Snakes are bad but close lightening is worse
19. Friends can fit in the front compartment of a drift boat (see #18)
20. I stole that too (see #19)
21. Cutthroats occupy the same types of water as every other trout
22. You can get 2nd degree burns on your lips with the wrong sunblock
24. Do the same float multiple times to learn the river

25. Sometimes an angler will give you accurate advice
26. It's hard to tell when an angler is giving you accurate advice
27. Life is better at the cabin
28. No cell signal is both good and bad
29. Fish eat well just before the lightening starts
30. It's good to have a bailing bucket in the drift boat
31. The bailing bucket needs to be in the boat
32. It seems no matter how many times an eagle is seen it's still cool
33. Wall Hookie is a useless game that everyone needs to master
34. Subway food is consistent
35. 97 degrees on the river is just as hot as 97 degrees on land
36. Pilar can be friend and foe
37. Shoals hold fish and boat parts
38. A bottle of mace still works even after being dunked in the river
39. Messing about in boats is one of the best ways to pass time 
40. Arkansas is a beautiful state
41. I skipped 23
42. Planning the next trip on the ride home is the best way to pass the time on the ride home
43. Give 5 guys, a river & one fly rod and there will be hours of entertainment
45. This is a great year so far
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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Greg and Brooke Come Back to the Casting Braces

The last time both Brooke and Greg were on the drift boat it was Brooke who had the upper hand on her Dad. This time Greg was ready to do battle with the fish and, frankly, to get some revenge on a river that owed him.
Between busy schedules we secured a good date and would float on a cloudy and sometimes rainy day. Greg and Brooke were ready to fish though and when we launched the drifter off the gravel bar we all knew our role. Brooke would take the front brace and Greg would occupy the rear brace. The fish would hopefully do their part and eat only our flies...
Brooke would be hooked up quickly and was back in her old form. Greg also warmed up on some fresh hatchery brats, but he was looking for a nice brown or rainbow to make his day. Greg was soon hoked up with a nice rainbow that rose to a hatching bug. He tossed the nymph into the feeding lane and the fly barely settled when the bow correctly chose his fly. It wouldn't be long before another fish would choose correctly.
Brooke continued to pick up a fish here and there but it was turning into the "The Day of Greg". He tossed the same fly under an overhanging branch. This was not an easy cast but the fly was on-target. The water was slightly less deep than the depth we had set for the fly, but that didn't stop Greg or what turned out to be another healthy fish. Greg set the hook and the fish went ballistic. We caught a glimpse of a nice brown that was head shaking and trying to get to the bottom to grind the fly off. Greg played the fish to the net and with congratulations from the front brace and rower's bench we released the fish to grow and choose our fly the next time we pass by.
Good fishing was hit and miss at times. But even the time of slower results provided time for good conversation. Lunch was quick as the storms began to rumble. We were well into the second leg of the trip and hitting only the most productive water when Greg once again set the hook on a good fish. This time the fish came from milky water as the rains began to turn the water to a brownish-green in color. This fight was slightly shorter in duration than the previous brown but once again Greg played the fish perfectly. And again there were congratulations from the front brace and rower's bench and the fish was released to choose our fly again.
Then the storms began to catch up with us. Oar power is not the best way to out run a storm but that was all we had. We would only stop momentarily to fish only the best holes, but then the water was too milky and the thunder too close. We rounded the last bend in the river and could see the ramp. 

After starting the day with a nice rainbow and following that up with a couple nice browns...with all the fish that chose correctly, all the proper mends...speed eating through lunch, dodging storms and the worsening water conditions...after thinking for sure we would be bailing water from the boat while keeping our heads down during the worst of storms... We made it to the ramp and the sun sun came out. Yep, it would be a nice sunny ride home.

Brooke and Greg fished through worsening conditions all day. It took good presentations and an open mind, but they were up to the challenge. Last time Brooke was the recipient of fish that chose her fly correctly. But, this float was Greg's turn to get some revenge on a river that owed him.
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, June 8, 2016

Emails and Footballs

Our email has been down for some parts of the last week. So if you have sent an email and have not received a response I apologize. If you would resend the email we will respond as soon as it is received. Again I apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks David.

And we can't have post without a good fish pic. Here's Greg with one of the football rainbows that been caught from the braces of the F/V Southeastern Fly recently. More to come on that later. For now I am headed West for a several hour drive just to see if there are any nice trout in that direction!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tim and Kevin Get Into Some Brown Trout

Tim has been on the drifter more than once and when the plans were made for this trip we would have one more angler aboard the ole' F/V Southeastern Fly. The last trip was mostly about rainbows but this trip would be different. This trip would be about the browns and the new guy. Kevin, the new guy, would take his place in the front brace and after a very short tutorial he would get into the groove almost immediately.
Tim was first up and began bringing fish to the net. Kevin found his presentation and began to do the same. It seemed as though Kevin could almost call his fish and swapped between catching rainbows and browns. Fortunately Kevin settled into a brown trout groove or at least the browns settled into his presentation and we began our trip down the river. 

Tim was in the rear brace and we slipped the drifter into some good water. Tim laid a nice cast to the bank and the fly settled at the end of the line. A short drift in slow water was next. Then Tim detected a strike and set the hook. The rod got a quick bend and the fish took off. Tim was doing everything right and this was to be another good fish for him. The fish didn't come to the top and kept digging. We had been here before and Tim remembered what to do... It wasn't long before he was gaining line and then the rod just had no pressure. The big fish had somehow slipped the fly and we were left with sad faces. 

Tim handled the situation pretty well, better than I might handle it. Fortunately Kevin and I were there to make him feel better about losing the fish...a big fish... a fish that might have made the 20+ Club... it was a really nice fish that was know one of those fish. Tim was a good sport about all the jokes made at his expense. In Tim's defense though he didn't do anything wrong. The hookset was good, he stayed ahead of the fish and kept good and steady pressure. Sometimes they just come unbuttoned.
Kevin made the most of standing in the front brace. When nothing was happening it was Kevin who would hook up with a nice fish.Tim and the guy on the oars really kind of got tired of watching Kevin catch all the fish were glad when Kevin brown a nice brown to the net. He was dialing himself in right nicely. Then Kevin went from learning to fly fish to "fishing mode" What is "fishing mode?" Fishing mode is when an angler begins searching out the better water. When an angler begins to lay the fly in the proper zone and gets the proper presentation. Kevin was there and that's when the nicer fish began coming.
With the current generation schedule the river will rise a little and fall quickly. The riverbed really doesn't fill up completely and the fish seem to be in the main current seams longer. Searching for moving water has been critical to success as the water level gets lower. Tim and Kevin were hunting the fish in slow moving water and most of the catching was coming along the edge of the seams.
Tim and I were watching Kevin really come to life. I have seen this before and saw it on Tim's very first trip in the drifter. It's fun to watch but it doesn't always happen. On this day Kevin would be in the zone. Kevin brought his second nice brown to the net and after the congratulations and hero shots, Tim and I changed our tune slightly. That tune went from encouragement to heckle Kevin just a little. There are many ways to slow the heckle and Kevin was about to discover one.
We had been floating behind another boat most of the day. For the last leg they stopped to fish one of the better pools. So we bounced to get some distance. We had clear river and Kevin was hitting some good spots when the other boat caught us again late in the float. Just as they got within good sight,Kevin set the hook one more time. Yep, Kevin was soon leading another brown to the waiting net. The other anglers who were floating along in the other boat were able to witness the entire episode. Kevin, the new guy, was able to slow the heckle with that fish... if only for a moment. This trip was definitely all about the browns and the new guy.
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.