Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's Nasty Out There But It Can't Last...

After the last report I hope everyone checked their tippet. At least give it a tug and make sure it passes an initial pull test. If you haven't tied on any tippet since Fall, which would be unfortunate, it might be time to toss what's left in the trash and get fresh rolls. Check the fresh rolls too. No I don't hold stock in a tippet company, this is just one of those friendly reminders. And speaking of reminders that reminds me that we are iced in again at the Southeastern Fly & Ice Scraping Corporate Headquarters. It's probably much colder, icier and more nasty at Calderwood while sleeping in a tent. Someone remind me of these cold days this August when I am baking in the drifter, while sitting in the middle of the river, with the sun beating down on this old head... Anyway enough whining let's get to business... 

If you don't have your 2015 TN fishing license and you are on the way to the river, obviously the sled dogs will need some rest and what better time for them to take a break than when you stop to buy a license. You can purchase the license online or at one of your favorite sporting goods stores, some fly shops or even an occasional convenience store. 

If you made it to the river and still don't have your license you must be reading this on the ole cell phone. My suggestion, go here and get your license before knotting your favorite fly to your hopefully brand new tippet. The next steps you hear could be a TWRA officer... remember they are just doing their job and probably already have their 2015 fishing license.

It looks like we won't get out until the weekend and then it is not "a gimmie" that we will be able to get to the ramps. So just in case we don't make it out until sometime next week or June, surely we won't be iced in that long, the Fly Fishing Film Tour is in Nashville on Tuesday. If we can make it to the show, it will be fun to watch people we don't know, catch fish on bodies of water we may never fish. Really, it will be fun to watch those people we will momentarily dislike (hate is such a strong word) catch fish while their buddies film their big smiles, their rides in float planes, perfect casts on pristine waters....and well you know what I mean, heck I "dislike" most of them already and the film hasn't even made it past the title. But it looks like I may just be there again this year. Hopefully there is an extra hat or t-shirt with my name on it.

The Phil Moahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge is up over at the Orvis site. My score was 70% so it's obvious I don't know where most of these rivers are located...I admit there was a lot of guessing going on when I selected the radio buttons. While your over there taking the quiz, take a look at the How- To videos. There are some good tips and techniques including everything from knot tying, to hook removal, and even tricks to be a better caster.

Finally the dates for trips are beginning to book. With favorable generation mostly on the weekends the best days to fish are filling. The ice, snow and blizzard-like conditions. OK, I know it's not blizzard-like but staying inside isn't my cup of tea. Anyway, with all the weather as of late we should see a turn around soon and I want to be on the river when it does turn around. Don't forget if you don't go- you won't know. 
To see the latest fishing report click here and for more booking information see our Homepage.  If you are a seasoned angler or have never picked up a fly rod and want to set up a day on the river just email or call/text 615-796-5143 to book a day on the water.

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