Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fly Fish Middle Tennessee

Spring is in full swing right now here in Middle Tennessee and fishing has been very good for us. I just sent for a few dozen dries to help us through the upcoming months. Tippet is stocked and the rods have been strung. We are ready for both rivers and some others yet to be named.
We were on the water for our open date last week and found the fish to be very friendly. Other than having a sore lip after we passed by they were fat and happy. Nymphs once again were the hot fly. Any amount of drag in the clear water and they would watch the bug pass by without a second glance.  But, get that drag-free drift and angler's could call almost every shot in the high-value water.
Dry/dropper rigs were also working. The shallow water with a slightly quicker flow is a good place to toss this rig and believe it or not the rig would also work in zero flow water. With fish holding in the likely places the choice of rig is a little easier. The fish haven't keyed in totally on the dry but they are beginning to look upward.
Some anglers want to learn to tie their own knots while on a trip and we make that part of our program when it is requested. Knots are not that tough to tie if anglers practice tying and take their time when they are on the river. Remember every knot has potential to break or slip. So all knots should be checked and even then some still may have a problem. Over the next few weeks I will try to include some resources to help anglers learn to tie knots from the comfort of their own living room. All you need is some fishing line (a cheap roll of 10 lb will do jut fine), some patience, and a few websites. 

Surgeon's Knot- With that brand new leader attached to the fly line it's time to add a couple feet of tippet. Those rolls of tippet aren't cheap so a faulty knot can be more than just an aggravation. Here is an animation that will make tying this knot easy even in low light. Just tie it about 50 - 75 times while watching TV, a good fly fishing show is preferred, and you will be a master when the time comes to add a couple feet of tippet on the river.
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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