Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fly Fishing 101 Class

We will be kicking off the New Year with a beginner fly fishing class on January 9th. The class will be held at a cabin on the Hiwassee River and is limited to 8 students. I have several requests for these classes throughout the year, so I think the class will fill quickly. If interested, email or call for more info and to reserve your spot.

Nantahala DH

I got a chance to fish the Delayed Harvest section of the Nantahala River in North Carolina yesterday. I've always enjoyed fishing that river, especially that section of it. I couldn't believe how crowded it was, but it still fished extremely well.
I got there early, so I began the day fishing a double nymph rig. I caught several brookies on it with one rainbow thrown into the mix. After lunch the fish moved up in the water column to feed and the nymph bite got much slower. That was fine with me, as I was now able to switch over to a streamer. That's when it got crazy good!
I tied on a simple cone head olive bugger in size 6 and began working the long, slower moving stretches of slightly deeper water. The brook trout went crazy for that streamer and it was the last fly change needed for the day. It also brought in the biggest fish of the day, a nice 16 inch brown trout that swirled up from out of nowhere and crushed it.
After the brown trout was safely released, I moved upstream to the next likely run. I scrambled my way down the bank and found a nice rock to stand on with a clear area to the rear for my back cast. Using a simple jerk strip retrieve of the bugger I pulled a dozen or so brook trout out of this section with relative ease. I hoped to find another good brown trout in there, but no luck. I decided to call it a day with about 20 fish brought to hand.
All in all it was a perfect day to fish the Nantahala DH section. The weather was perfect and the fish were hungry. If you've ever wanted to fish this stream but just never got around to it, now's the time!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dirty Water Fly Fishing

Bald River Falls Under Flash Flood 

One of the biggest myths in fly fishing is that trout don't feed well in high, dirty water. Nothing could be further from the truth. The trout actually gorge themselves quite often during high, dirty water conditions. The fact that you aren't catching them doesn't mean that they aren't feeding. The tactics do change a little however, especially from the way most people believe that they need to present their flies during the dirty water times. Here's a few tips that may help you out:

Lose the Flash
Most people tend to think that they need to throw big, bright, flashy flies when fishing in dirty water so the fish can see their offering. This may be one of the biggest myths out there. The trout sees very well in dirty water...very well. Just because you can't see the fly doesn't mean that they can't. In fact, flashy flies will often turn them away. Think about it like this...nothing in nature produces flash without sunlight reflecting on it. In dirty water there would not be enough light penetration for anything to produce flash, so it is not a natural occurrence and the fish know that something is up. Go to a dark, or at least a darker fly, and see if that produces some better results for you.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tellico River Fishing Report

We have gotten some much needed rain over the last couple weeks and the river is in perfect shape right now. Water temps remain in the high 40's to low 50's depending on your location and the fish are certainly hungry, especially in the Delayed Harvest section.

Nymphing remains the most productive technique. The 2 fly drop shot method has worked the best for me. The best combination has been a large, black stonefly as my point fly and a size 16 hares ear as my dropper fly. Adjust the amount of split shot as needed to get your flies down. The water has been crystal clear, so stealth has also been very important.

I've caught a couple of the larger brood fish that they stocked, but most have been in the 12-14 inch range. The best fish caught so far has been a 3 inch wild rainbow trout. I say the best fish yet because it certainly proves that we have good reproduction of wild fish continuing in the river. That is always a good thing to see.

Friday, November 20, 2015


We are in the process of planning some educational fly fishing classes for the upcoming winter months. Classes will consist of power point lectures, equipment reviews, casting and time on the water putting it all together. Topics will include:

Fly Fishing 101
Advanced Nymph Fishing
Advanced Streamer Fishing

If interested in taking any of the classes let us know. We're still putting things together and will post dates, pricing and locations soon. Each class will require a minimum of 8 students enrolled in order to proceed.