Elton has fished with us several times and on this trip he brought his son David, who definitely brought along the right hat. David also brought along a cool custom rod that was about a 3 weight and each fish he caught put a good bend in the rod while providing just the right amount of fight. Elton is a member of the 20+ Club and was looking to score his second appearance on that board.
Elton was into fish right away and got the skunk off the boat within the first few minutes of the trip. He added several fish to his count before David got dialed-in. But, David came back strong and before long the fish count began to swing toward his favor. We picked apart the upper part of the river catching fish in most of the usual places. We had two slams going early in the float as things settled in.
The late Summer changes are beginning. The browns and brookies are starting to get their color, with some of the fish changing at what appears to be a fast rate. Time will tell if that's the case...
There were several doubles on the day. The fish were cooperative and the guys settled in to the process of nymph fishing on the FV Southeastern Fly. The guys began "fishing", which means they began to look ahead at the next drift and plan their next moves. I watched them begin to think through their casts as well as how they would set up the next drift while working on their presentation.
The late Summer colors of fish weren't the only colors we were seeing. The water has been stained this week but thankfully not chocolate milk. Some of this stain is coming out of the lake and some is coming from the feeder creeks in the upper stretches of the river.
We caught fish on hoppers but they did not produce the same results as nymphs. The fog was on the water which has helped accelerate the top water strikes in the past however this day that wasn't the case. We gave the the terrestrial a fair shot, then we all agreed the nymphs were doing what we wanted and the guys were quickly back on nymphs. As soon as the nymphs hit the water the rods were bent once again. There were smiles all around on the drifter throughout the day.
The day began to wind down and soon we were sliding into the takeout. This was another trip and a nice day spent on the river with another father and son. The fish were hungry for our flies and that was icing on the cake. The guys did a nice job picking apart the river and before the day was over both had brought about the same number of fish to the net. As we move toward Fall the rivers in Middle Tennessee are providing a great venue for anglers to enjoy the outdoors and to spend time with friends and family.
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