Friday, March 20, 2009

Technical Tips From Southeastern Fly and Fishing Reports from Around the US.

As some of you know I have been writing articles for the Little River Journal. I have just finished the first of a two part series on tailwater fishing. For those of you who have signed up to receive the Journal look for a new article in the upcoming edition. For those of you who have not signed up here is a link just scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the Journal Logo. Signing up for the Journal is painless and it comes to your email.

The article has some interesting observations that I have made and opinions I have formed over the years, as well as some things I have learned from others. I hope you find it enjoyable, here is a small portion of Observations from the Tailwaters part I:

There are several tailwaters in the Southeast that have ledges which seem to run miles upon miles. A ledge is not always just a large drop; sometimes a ledge can be as short as just two or three inches. A 6” – 8” ledge is large enough to provide cover for almost any trout in the river.

The South Holston, located in Upper East Tennessee, is a tailwater with multiple ledges for most of the upper river, arguably providing some of the best cover for fish in the Southeast. The majority of the ledges are of the smaller variety, but some can be larger and measured in feet. Most ledges are large enough to support the large trout that South Holston has become known for over the years.

It is surprising how large fish will support themselves against a small ledge. Usually, the fish can be found holding just below the structure, as it provides a nice current break and an opportunity to rest. A long section of ledges can also produce additional dissolved oxygen.

This is just a small portion of the part I.


To help keep everyone in the loop with what’s going on in the world of fly fishing here is the second Fly Fishing Report from Around the US. I’ve touched base with some old friends in the fly fishing and guiding business from around the United States. These folks have agreed to give us fishing reports. See the Resources Page for their information.

I will kick off the reports this month from Middle TN:

The Caney Fork is still producing some of the best floats for Southeastern Fly here in Middle TN. This weekend the Army Corps. is cranking some generation, but when the water is turned back to one generator it will be time to fish the "Big Uglies" (marabou and deer hair) again. The fish have been extremely cooperative this year as past reports indicate.

The Elk River- Check back at the beginning of next week for this weekends trip.

The Henry's Fork- Thanks to Jeff Etnyre of Hyde Boats for this report.

Nymphing is still pretty effective. Midges will be the name of the game for a while until water temperatures warm up. When this happens, we'll start seeing blue winged olives. After eating tiny midges all winter, the fish look forward to the first mayfly hatch of the season.

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Kathy Robinson from Robinson Brothers Guide Service in Apalachicola, Florida sent us this report:

Its Official!! The Pompano just began showing up in the last week or so. We heard rumors that a fish or two were caught off the beach but for our purposes, yesterday was the day! Both Capt. Tommy Holland and Capt. Dave Armentrout caught their first pompano on March 19th. Still waiting to hear if Capt. Nathan Donahoe has boated his yet or not, but the mild sunny days we've had the past few days have definitely made the difference.

Spring Break is in full swing on the Forgotten Coast - maybe not quite as crazy-busy as in years past but that just means there's less traffic and quicker service in area restaurants. The inshore fishing has been over the top and we are looking forward to a banner month in April.

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North Georgia:

Kent Klewin of Real Job Fly Fishing says- The Toccoa River trout fishing has picked up the last week and we expect it to only get better with the warming trend in weather. The dun caddis have been hatching in low numbers but we are expecting there to be a heavy hatch during the beginning of this month. Blue Wing Olive patterns are still a go to pattern on overcast rainy days when they tend to hatch. Midge adults are hatching sporadically and there's a constant stream of midge larva in the foam lines available to the trout at all times. If warm weather continues we can expect to start seeing our spring mayfly hatches to begin.

Thanks to everyone who makes these reports possible.

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Also, I want to give a Shout Out to everyone from the Cohutta Chapter TU and thank them for the press in their Newsletter. I look forward to floating with some of you this summer here in Middle TN.

So, there we have a few things to browse while getting ready to hit the river. This weekend will be very nice in the Southeast and I am going to take advantage of the nice weather. Trips are being booked, which is a plus and I have set aside some time for my own fishing as well. When you get ready to book a trip I appreciate the consideration to help make your trip to Middle TN and enjoyable one. Click Here To Start @ The Home Page & Book Your Trip Now.

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