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AUGUST 16, 2012 ED DETLIE ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
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I met with Ed this morning and we drove up to the South Holston River. We walked for several hundred yards down the river and as soon as we got in the fish were beginning to feed. It seemed to be midges at first and we had a tough time getting them to take anything. We finally got a few strikes and Ed seemed to be a little slow at hook set. We fished until dinner time and took a break for lunch. We drove back to Big Springs Road and started there. The fish began to hit Ed's flies right away and he caught a fish on his second cast. It seemed like the fish were feeding all up and down the river and Ed was getting strikes real frequently. He did not always hook up but he was having fun. The BWO's started hatching pretty heavily and there was continuous action until the water came up at 4:00PM. It was a great day out with Ed and then he was off to visit the Hunley Museum in Charleston S.C. the next day.

If I can help anyone with a trip before the end of the year, please call 423-586-6198.

  Hugh

AUGUST 10, 2012 PICTURES FROM NUMEROUS TRIPS IN EAST TENNESSEE
 
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JUNE19,2012 JOHN AND ANDREW ELLIOTT ON LITTLE RIVER
It was a great 1/2 day on Little River with John and Andrew Elliott. Andrew started the day off with a very nice rainbow on a Flashback Pheasantail Nymph. The fish made some spectacular jumps and it was Andrews first wild trout from the Smokies. His Father, John had another rainbow in a few minutes. We fished on upstream and after a few hours we moved down river and they caught a few more. They were enjoying their trip to the Smokies and I was having a great time watching them learn. It was good to be on the river with them and I hope to see them again some time.

If I can help with a guided trip, please call 423-586-6198.

  Hugh

JUNE 14, 2012 FISHING ON THE WATAUGA RIVER
Today, I spent time on the river with 3 gentlemen and the youngest was 9 years old. The young man was on his first flyfishing trip and he managed to catch 3 nice fish on his first attempt at this beautiful sport. I think his Grandpa did get some pictures so we'll see if he sends any of them to us.

It was actually quite a day on the river. I've never seen so many fish in all of my trips up there. Most were just the average size , but a couple of fish were very nice and one was big enough to really take line from the reel and the fellow never was able to get it under control. I will have to say that the Watauga River is fishing about as good as I have ever seen it.

If I can help with a guided trip, please call 423-58606198.

  Hugh  

JUNE 4, 2012 OUT AND ABOUT ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
     
Today I got a chance to fish with my best buddy on the South Holston River. Many people love to fish the river in a drift boat but I believe my favorite way is to wade fish some select spots when the Sulfurs are hatching off. This gave me a chance to get some good shots so you can see just what you might encounter on a good wade trip. All of these fish were taken on the Tan Wulff. I hope that you enjoy the pictures and if I can help with a trip, just give me a call at 423-586-6198.

I fished a little on 6/6/12 with a Cicada pattern that I tied up and even though I only fished 3 holes I managed to get two fish to take the Cicada. The first was a rainbow and I lost him and the 2nd was the brown that you see in the bottom right picture. I forgot that I had a sink tip leader on the rod that I used and I need to change it. It was a pretty fish and a smashing strike. Lots of fun.

  Hugh                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

May 1, 2012 ANOTHER TRIP TO THE CLINCH RIVER
It did not take long for the trip that Carolyn and I took to get the interest of others. I was back on the Clinch River with Jim and John by mid morning. There were already lots of people fishing when we arrived so we had to move farther downstream that I had ever fished before. The Buffalo were shoaling there and  I was a little skeptical about what the fishing might be like. We made out way into the river and each one had tied on a Split Case PMD because it had worked well when Carolyn and I fished the day before. We had not had time to make very many cast when Jim hooked a huge fish. This thing was so big that it was all over the river and he had no control over it at all. I watched it come to the top and roll several times and without a doubt it was the biggest rainbow that I have ever seen hooked in the Clinch River. We estimated the fish to be between 25-30 inches long. It was also thick and heavy. This battle went on for 15- 20 minutes and finally the hook just tore out. Jim was sick and I was sick for him. It did not stop there. The fish just kept taking the Split Case PMD and look at the beauties that were landed. There were other fish that probably went 20 inches long that were lost, but  a great day  none the less. Several of the fish that I took pictures of were in the 16-18 inch range. This was probably one of the best days that I have had on the Clinch River and I want you to get in on the action. To book a trip, just call 423- 586- 6198.

    Hugh

APRIL 30, 2012 CAROLYN AND I MAKE A QUICK TRIP TO THE CLINCH RIVER
Carolyn and I wanted to fish the Sulfur hatch this morning on the Clinch River and we arrived at about 10:30AM. It was a bright , beautiful day and we began with Tan Wulff's and Rockhold Sulfur Emergers. The river was very low and the sun was out bright, with nothing hatching. We decide pretty quickly that we might need to use Nymphs and she took off the dropper and added a Split Case PMD in it's place. In just a  few casts she had one on about 10 inches long. It looked like this might work and I tied one on real quickly, myself. I only made one cast and a large fish took the Split Case PMD. When I set the hook the water boiled and I knew I had a real nice fish. As I fought the fish a few people gathered around to watch and see what I had hooked. It took about 12 -15 minutes to get things under control and we measured the fish at 20 inches when it was ready to release. It has been pretty common to see fish in this size range and I feel this is the result of the slot limit that was put into effect a few years ago. We could not stay too long and we left by 1:30PM. You can expect to see nice fish like this on most trips if you have good fishing skills. Wading is very easy and if we can help with a trip, just call 423-586-6198.

  Hugh

APRIL 19, 2012 STAN STARKEY FISHING  LlTTLE  RIVER AND ABRAMS CREEK
I had tried and tried to schedule a trip with Stan Starkey for a Wet Fly Class ,but it seemed that some kind of weather condition always kept us from completing the trip. We finally thought we might have a good day on Thursday, but when we got on the stream a frontal system had left us with high water and the barometric pressure had put all of the fish down. We struggled on all three prongs of Little River with not much to show for it.. Finally, in the mid afternoon with nothing to lose we decided to drive over to Abrams Creek. When we got there we found the stream in much better shape than Little River and insects were hatching off. We took two fly rods with us so that he could try dry flies or nymphs in any given run of water. This helped him to catch a few small fish so that we were not totally skunked. It was great fishing with Stan and we are going to do it again on the Holston River soon. It has been a few years since Abrams Creek was in good shape and it felt like being back in touch with an old friend yesterday. I hope to give you more reports from there soon.

If I can help with a guided trip, please call 423-586-6198.

  Hugh

APRIL 16, 2012 QUICK TRIP TO THE CLINCH RIVER
Josh Pfeiffer and I decided to do a wade trip this morning to the Clinch River to prepare for upcoming trips and to see how the Sulfur hatch is progressing. We weren't sure just how long the weather would hold out because a frontal system was approaching. The wind was already blowing and we knew that we would probably not have too long before bad weather hit. The fish were taking midges when I first stepped in the river and I tied on a Tan Wulff hoping they might be looking for a Sulfur. I could see some real nice fish feeding and I hooked a fish that looked to be at least 20 inches long on the second cast. I did not have him long before my Blood Knot came apart. Then a group of geese moved in and stirred every thing up. I did not get another strike on the dry fly and then I tried a midge with no luck. Next I tied on a nymph and that was the fly they were looking for. We didn't get to fish much longer, but the fish were really aggressive when the nymph hit the water. The fish are very nice size and I enjoyed my time on the river except getting soaked.

 If I can help with a guided trip to this river, please call 423-586-6198.

   Hugh

APRIL 14, 2012 TOM AND JOEY JENKINS ON LITTLE RIVER
Josh Pfeiffer of Frontier Anglers invited me to help him again with a family on  a trip in the Park. We met at Little River Outfitters and divided up the family with two members each for us and away we went to the Park. The water is still somewhat cold, but the Sulfurs and March Browns are hatching and we began the day with Nymphs and a strike indicator to get them accustomed to using a fly rod. After missing some strikes and finally catching a nice trout  by Tom, we broke for lunch.

As the evening progressed I decided to out a dry fly on and show them how to fish it. Several fish struck at it and one was hooked. Joey landed his first fish and he was ready to fish dry flies from that point on. He did a pretty good job of it to bringing 3 more fish to the surface. It was a good day and I enjoyed being on the water with this family. The streams are coming back to normal and I hope to hear from many of you soon. Call 423- 586-6198 for a guided trip.

  Hugh

APRIL 9,2012 MIKE AND DEREK ROSS FISHING IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
I  had the opportunity to fish with a fine Father - Son team on Monday, in the GSMNP. Mike Ross and son Derek are from Florence, S.C. and they are just learning about fly fishing. The streams are still high and cold and the fishing is still kind of tough. They were tough troopers and trudged out 1/2 day on the West Prong of Little River. Derek managed a nice rainbow there and his Father had a few strikes on the Middle Prong of Little River, but could not hook up. They both worked hard on their casting skills and got to learn a lot about the area. I hope to see them again when water conditions are better.

    Hugh

 

MARCH 29,2012 JOSH PFEIFFER, BILL BOLINGER, AND HUGH HARTSELL FLOATING THE HOLSTON RIVER

This morning I met with Josh Pfeiffer and Bill Bolinger to float the Holston River, below Cherokee Dam. This float ran from Indian Cave to Nance's Ferry and it was a beautiful day. We caught so many fish that we were all tired and ready to call it a day by the time the trip was over. Blackflies were hatching real heavily when we first put the boat in the water. Caddis began to hatch during the middle of the day and continued to come off as we finished the trip. We caught fish on midges, Caddis Dries, Pheasanttail Nymphs and this continued all the way to the Nance's Ferry takeout. It was a fantastic day to be on the river and if I can help with a guided wade trip or float trip, please call 423-586-6198.

   Hugh

 
 
MARCH 16, 2012 DR. TOM KIM ON THE HOLSTON RIVER
Today I went to Nance's Ferry and met a gentleman named Dr. Tom Kim. He told me he practiced as a Dr. in Oncology for many years and he decided to open a Free Clinic in Knoxville. It is now called The Free Clinic of America. After some conversation we moved out into the river and it did not take long before he hooked a fish, only to have it come off. He was a little slow on his hook sets and he lost  a couple more before he hooked a nice one and this time after about a 12-15 minute fight, he landed a very nice rainbow. He managed a few more fish and I felt like he could handle himself okay, so I left.  He proved to be a great student and it was fun to help him smooth some things out that were causing problems.

 

If I can help with a guided trip, please call 423-586-6198.

  Hugh

MARCH 14, 2012 SPRINGTIME IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH
 
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Josh Pfifer, of Frontier Anglers asked me to help with group of people that  he had booked and I met with them at Little River Outfitters this morning. Josh too the Father and one Son and I took the Mother and another Son. We went to two different streams and began with casting instructions. It seemed like the water was still pretty cold and no insects were hatching on the stream that we had chosen. We left this water and moved to Cades Cove to try Anthony Creek. The stream had gone down some since Saturday and we were able to get into the water and wade some. They were both getting strikes ,but not hooking up solidly. They would have a fish on for a second or two and each time they would lose it. We fished to almost 4:00 O'clock and called it a day. It was great fishing with this family and I encouraged them to get back on the stream as soon as possible.

  Hugh

MARCH 10, 2012 TONY ZHELTKOV IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Tony Zheltkov, was visiting from Nashville and he had never had any formal instruction at flyfishing, even though he had done a fair amount of fishing on the Caney Fork. We met on a cold Saturday morning and away to the Park we went. There was a pretty heavy rain event a couple of days before and the water was almost too high to fish in most of the widely used streams. My first thought was to try to find some spots up high on the smaller streams and our first stop was the West Prong of Little River. Tony had a fish on real quickly and I thought we might have a good day. It was a small one and it seemed that most of it's brothers were laying low. We could not get anything else to move. We drove on over to Cades Cove and stopped at the Picnic grounds to try Anthony Creek. He managed a couple of strikes but did not hook up. We moved from there to the lower end of the Cove and started at the Trailhead on the Spring Creek section of Anthony Creek. It did not take long to hook up with the second fish here, but he could not hold onto it. We fished farther on up the creek, but he was not able to get any thing else to move. We then drove over to the Middle Prong and he fished hard to no avail. At this point we had not seen any flies hatching and we got no strikes. To finish the day off, we went back to the West Prong and the flies were starting to hatch in the later part of the evening. We saw a few rises and he tried dry flies , again without getting a strike. We finished the day with a Flashback Pheasanttail Nymph and even though he got a few strikes he did not hook up. We are going to try again when his family comes back to visit the Park. I hope the conditions are better the next trip.

Tony got in touch with me on the 11th and told me that he was able to fish for a few minutes before they went back home. He sent a picture of a nice rainbow that he caught and it is the last picture.

  Hugh    If I can help with a guided trip, just call 423-586-6198

February 28 2012 NEAL WHITE FISHING THE QUILL GORDON HATCH IN THE SMOKIES
It is always fun showing the good results that other fishermen have when they are on the stream. Neal White is a friend and we share thoughts and results from time to time. He had taken a trip to the GSMNP today and he had just gotten back home a short while ago. He sent these pictures to show what a great day that he had. I asked if He would share them and he was kind and said, yes. This years Quill Gordon hatch has been fabulous and we invite you to call us for a guided trip if you would like to get in on some of this action. Here's Neal:
Hugh,

 
Just got home from a trip to Elkmont. Had a fine day, started at BLANK Branch around 11:00. Started with a Prince nymph since there wasn't many bigger bugs coming off, wasn't long and the Quills started coming off. Caught my best brown from the Park today, not huge (around 14") on a dry, absolutely hammered a Quill emerger. Every thing was bows from 6-10". Had a few bigger rise, but didn't get hooked up. Was a beautiful day, no one else fishing where I was at, just what the doctor ordered for me, lol.

Neal

 

February 24, 2012 SHAWN BURNS FISHING THE QUILL GORDON HATCH IN THE GSMNP
Shawn Burns lives in Yale , Michigan and works in the Auto Industry. I met Shawn a little over a year ago by selling flies to him and after several sales he let me know that he was going to be coming down to Seneca, S.C. to show parts for a company that he works for. This lead to the idea of a guided trip in the Park since the Quill Gordon hatch has begun. The trip looked like it would be fine , but Mother Nature intervened and it turned into a really raw day. The fishing was slow to start with, but Shawn kept working on skills that I was teaching him and by mid day he started catching fish. The first were on nymphs and later the Quill Gordons started to hatch. I switched him over to a Quill Gordon dry pattern and the numbers started increasing rapidly. He was catching smaller ones at first and the fish got larger as we moved upstream. Shaw's nicest fish was around 12 inches and he was really tickled. We finished the day off on the East Prong of Little River and the wind became brutal. We called it a day and Shawn was set to try again today. Let's wish him well while he 's fishing on his own and a safe trip back to Michigan.

 

If I can help with a guided trip , please call 423-586-6198

 

February 20, 2012

THIS IS MY FIRST TRIP TO THE SMOKIES IN 2012 AND THE QUILL GORDONS ARE HATCHING

 Today, I made my first trip to the Park and the Quill Gordons, Brown Stonflies, and BWO's were really coming off in the middle of the day. I started the day off with tandem nymphs because the water was so cold. I did not get a strike and at the end of the first section of water that I fished  I began to see some feeding on top. I switched to a Quill Gordon dry fly and the strikes began immediately. I spent all of my time on the Middle Prong of Little River and the fish that I caught were the nicest that I have seen in this river since the drought hit 5 or more  years ago. They have really come back. Just take a look at how nice all of these fish were.  The water temperatures were pretty low and there is still snow on the mountain. Winter is slowly leaving us. If you want to get into some great dry fly action with the first hatches now taking place, just call 423-586-6198 for a guided day on the river.

  Hugh

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 LATEST UPDATE ON THE HOLSTON RIVER, BELOW CHEROKEE DAM
I received notice this morning that the TWRA had made it's first stocking for the new year, 2012. It was apparently a small stocking and possibly a total of 3500 fish were placed in the river on this date.  I was also told that TWRA will try to stock more brown trout this coming season and that will be good news to most fishermen on the river. The water temperature at mid river was 57 degrees on Sunday. That is getting real close to optimum and I'm sure it will fall more this week. I am looking forward to a great year on the Holston and I want you to be sure to get your name on our list as soon as you can get your self free to make this great trip. We have lots of big holdovers again this year and you can expect to see fish measuring over 20 inches while fishing this season.

 

These pictures are from a trip to the Holston River on 12/2/2011. There were Caddis and midges hatching . The water temps were 54degrees.

  Another update from a trip on 12/6/2011:  Josh Pfifer and I fished mid river and we caught several real nice rainbows and browns. The largest fish was a brown that looked to be at least 23 inches long. I played the fish for several minutes and Josh was making his way to help me with a net . The fish tangled in a long bunch of grass and I just kept moderate tension on it until Josh got to me and when he reached down with the net the fish bolted. That was the last that we saw of a beautiful highly colored brown in full spawning colors. He looked to be a 4-5 pound fish and maybe someone will be lucky enough to get him to rise to a dry fly again. He took a size#20 Little Dark Olive Caddis.

 This latest trip was on 12/19/11 and it was a short one. I managed 3 fish and my first fish  was a brown. The next one was a very nice rainbow that was stocked early this year. Each time that I have fished this section I have caught browns. It is very encouraging to know that we have quite a few that are in the river this year. In the last two months there have been 3 browns caught that were trophy fish. One fish was 28 inches, another was 27 inches , and the last was 23 inches. I have seen several in the last few weeks that were in the 10-12 inch range. It sure looks like  a very promising season ahead for 2012. The water temps are now around 50 degrees at Mid river.

  Take a look at Harry Crotzer on the last day of the year. He is hooked into a real nice rainbow and it looked to be about 18 inches or better. He played the fish right up to him and the hook tore out. Just look at the size of that submarine in the water in the last picture of the first row. He'll get another crack at him. He caught fish on the Black Rabbit and the South Holston Miracle Midge

Little update, Harry sent me a picture of another nice rainbow that he caught after I left. It is the 2nd picture of the first row.

Another update: Brian Ray braved the wind on Sunday the 1st and caught several of these     

Latest update:1/5/2012  I was told today that TWRA had made another stocking in the Holston River. We are really seeing some nice sized fish and the season should have a lot to offer.

 

Today, 1/5/12 was a day to make a grown man cry. This morning I drove down to one of my usual fishing spots that I have leased to guide on and there were at least a 1000 Seagulls all over the river feeding on something. I didn't know if they would have any effect on the fishing or not , but I got right into the river and started fishing an Elk Hair Caddis with a midge dropper. I did not get any strikes and I didn't see any feeding on top so I changed over to a BHPTN with a South Holston Miracle Midge as a dropper. I was on the far side of the river and I worked as far as I could go before I needed to cross some shoals. On my last cast I had a solid strike and when I set the hook I felt some real strength. I knew that I had some weight on. I had just changed to new sections of Seaguar 5X tippet and I hoped that I did not have a repeat of a few weeks ago when I had another large brown to tangle in weeds and finally break off. The fish made some short strong runs and turned toward me making a strong charge. It came out of the water right in front of me and there was a fish that all men dream of. A huge brown almost 30 inches long and spoiling for a fight. He was still wearing his spawning colors and man, what a fight he put up! For the next 15 minutes he was all over the river and after a strong battle, my right arm was wearing out. He probably went a good 100 yards down the river and then turned and started back upstream. This was probably the strongest fish that I have ever had on and he was not tiring at all. He finally found some long grass under water and wrapped himself in it. I tried tapping on the rod and giving some slack and nothing worked. Finally, the BHPTN flew back in my face and the battle was over. He had broken the dropper off and that was the end of the battle. He beat me fair and square. I am now 0 for 2 with big browns this year. It looks like it is time for 4X tippet.

  Hugh

 

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   Hugh

 

 

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