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JUNE 24, 2015 A QUICK TRIP TO THE WATAUGA RIVER
I've had a few days that I could get away to the river and on this day I managed to run to the Watauga River for a few hours. The fish were feeding and I took a picture of one of the more colorful ones  The Flashback Golden Crawler was the fly for the day and it has continued to produce on all of the East Tn. streams.

 

Hugh

June 25, 2015 FISHING IN ONE OF MY FAVORITE SPOTS ON THE HOLSTON RIVER
We've had a hot, hot early Summer, but the trout in the Holston River have plenty of water this year and TVA is generating now to create power for the Valley and it is cold. We tried a place that I have loved on this river and a place that has produced many nice brown trout. I was not to be disappointed this trip even though it had been at least two years since I had fished here. My friend took the pictures after a long fight and the fly that caught this nice brown's attention was the Split Case PMD Nymph. Some good memories on this day.

 

Hugh

May 1, 2015 STARTING THE 2015 SEASON OFF FISHING THE CADDIS HATCH ON THE HOLSTON RIVER
It seems like it has been forever since I've been on the water. I decided to grow peaches again this year and it has really consumed my time from almost everything that I would normally be doing. I had been hearing reports that the Caddis were hatching on the Holston River and the Watauga as well.  Today some of my friends called and we found our way to the Holston, below Cherokee Dam. The Caddis were coming off strong and the flies of choice were the Little Dark Olive Caddis tied below a somewhat larger, and lighter colored caddis. This combination has been deadly each and every year. Most of the fish that we caught were holdovers and they ranged somewhere in the 14 - 16 inch range. A few may have been a little larger than that. They jumped like Tarpon and did this time after  time. The water seems to be in perfect shape right now so if you can make it to the river try to have some Little Dark Olive Caddis patterns with you. You can purchase them by calling or emailing this number. 423-586-6198.   flyfisherman1@att.net

Enjoy the fishing season this year.                                                                                                                           
       Hugh

DECEMBER 21ST, 2014 ALMOST AT THE END OF THE 2014 SEASON
It has been several months since I have made a fishing report and the Holston River, below Cherokee Dam has been out of commission because of warm water and heavy generation. TVA has reached winter pool on most of it's lakes now and stocking of the river  has taken place as well. I received a call from my friends John Bell and Jim Davis to give it a try while the water was off and we wound up at one of our familiar spots about two miles or three down stream from the dam. The water was just coming up from a pulse and we took the 4 wheeler and dove upstream to some good fishing water. The water is very cold right now and it felt like it was in the 30s when you placed your hand in the water. Even before we got down to the river, we could see a really good hatch of Diptera midges.  The closer to the river we got the heavier the hatch became. We stopped to cast a few times before going upstream and you could see the water surface was covered in Creme Midges as well. We moved on upstream to our favorite spots and there were some smaller stockers feeding. We caught several of these and Jim Davis caught a nice holdover that looked to be about 16-18 inches long.

We fished for about 3 hours and called it a day. I would caution you to dress warmly and take extra clothes if you get a chance  to give it a try through the holidays. The chance of making a slip and falling in could lead  to Hypothermia. That is a real problem at this time of the year, so taking extra clothes is a good precautionary measure. The fly of the day seemed  to be a small #18 Flashback Pheasanttail Nymph.

 

   Hugh

JULY 29, 2014 GREAT FISHING REPORT FROM THE SMOKIES WITH CHAD BRYANT
June 26, 2014 WORKING WITH THE HY FLOATER PUFF DADDY AND THE SPLITCASE  PMD FLOATING NYMPH
Today was a work day on the river as well as some fishing time. I have been trying to use some different tying techniques as well as different tying materials to see if I can get this fly to float longer without having to be redressed so much. No one likes to have to dry a fly every three or four casts and redress it to keep it floating. If you have fished the Puff Daddy very much then you know what I am speaking of. It drives me crazy and takes the fun out of fishing. Some times it takes a lot of trial and error. The first attempt with foam did not work out too well and this week I have been using some hackling material that I thought would be sure to give some extra flotation. Today was the first attempt on the river with this new design. I started the morning off downstream from the Weir Dam and I got into the water as the pulse started to fall. The fly was looking good and in just a few cast I had a nice brown on.. The fish did quite a bit of rolling and twisting and I thought "this new fly is really going to get a good workout with slime". After releasing the fish I cleaned it off and redressed it. In a minute I had the fly back in the river and it was floating great.. I fished it the rest of the morning , but no fish were feeding. I had been using a Beadhead Splitcase PMD as a dropper and the fly supported the weight very well. I moved back up to the bridge below the Weir Dam and sat down to rest. The water is pretty shallow here so I tied on a size # 18 Puff Daddy with the new hackling and underneath it  I tied on a Split Case PMD Floating Nymph. In just a few cast I hooked a real nice rainbow. The fish had taken the Split Case PMD Nymph and he just about wore me out playing him. You can see the picture of him and he was a beautiful hooked jawed male rainbow that turned out to be 18 inches long. It took me almost 20 minutes to land him and he was a great fish to give the new fly a test. I think I can safely say that you should give these new flies a try and see what I'm talking about with the floating qualities of the newly designed Hy Floater Puff Daddy. If you would like to try these flies , just call 423-586-6198. We'll get some right to you.

   Hugh

JUNE 14, 2014 CHECKING THE SULFUR HATCH ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
Yesterday, Carolyn and I went up to the South Holston River and spent some time fishing, and some time watching, and talking to an old friend. It had been so long since I talked with him that I did not recognize him at first. If you are followers of our Fishing Reports Page, you will remember a fellow stopping, along the Big Springs Road, and helping to land a real nice 24 inch brown that I was having some real problems with. I did not even have a net that day and he graciously stopped his truck, got out, and came down into the river with his net, and landed the fish. It is the big brown trout that is still on our opening page. His name is Stan Atkins and he is an avid South Holston fly fisherman. We arrived just before the pulse came down and fished for 30 minutes , but only catching some small rainbows. We went down the river for a short distance and as we started back to the trail we saw quite a few flies hatching and one fellow was having a good day. We continued to follow somewhat behind him with Carolyn fishing to several risers. As we watched Stan he caught several nice fish and a couple of them were in the 16 inch range. After catching several he moved over and sat down close to where I was waiting on the bank. Since he seemed to know me I asked his name and he told me that he was the one who landed the big brown for me. The wheels began to turn slowly and we had a good conversation for a few minutes while he rested. A little later I  asked if he would go back into the river and let me take some pictures of him catching a nice brown. He graciously agreed to and you can see the results of some nice fishing skills. Congratulations to Stan, and thanks for allowing us to watch and photograph him as he took another nice fish to hand. Just watching and talking to him has given me some ideas for a couple of new flies for the Fly pages.

  Hugh

MAY 01, 2014 GREAT DAY ON THE HOLSTON RIVER , BELOW CHEROKEE DAM
This afternoon John Bell called and he and Jim Davis wanted to try their luck on the Holston River. We decided to go to a location on the river that we thought might have Caddis hatching and when we got there we had the whole river to ourselves. As soon as we got in the water we could see fish feeding and there were Caddis hatching as well as Crane flies, and an occasional Sulfur. I tied on a size #16 light Caddis as the point fly and I used a #22 Little Dark Olive pattern for the dropper. It seemed like the fish were eager to hit , but they did not seem to get the fly completely in their mouth for sometime. We fished for more than an hour without catching any thing, even though I got at least 20 strikes. I walked up river to talk with John  and see how things were going with him. I watched for a few minutes and lots of fish were feeding between where we were standing. He had also had several fish on, but lost all of them. I decided to start casting to the fish that were rising close to me and lo and behold, I began catching some. I caught about 5 fish and then I walked over and sat down on the bank while John continued to fish. He finally came over and sat down, where we talked for a few minutes. I told him that it might be a good idea to switch to a dry Caddis pattern, which he did. After a few cast he asked what he was doing wrong and I took the fly rod and showed him how to cast and drift a dry pattern properly. On the second cast I had a very strong strike and when I set the hook I knew right away that I was into a really big fish. It took about 20 minutes to tire this big boy out and he turned out to be one of the prettiest and largest rainbows that I have ever taken from the Holston River. He was a big beautiful male fish that I took several pictures of and John had a new cell phone with recording capabilities to it that he was able to video while I was playing the fish. The fish was over 20 inches long and beautifully colored. We released him right away and he is back in his own territory safe and sound. Remember the Little Dark Olive Caddis and the Green Caddis Emerger  if you are going to be on the Holston River. The Sulfur Mayfly will begin hatching in earnest this week so the Tan Wulff and the Rockhold Sulfur Emerger will also be the top flies for this river for awhile. Good fishing to you.

  Hugh 

APRIL 21, 2014 FISHING WITH EDDIE Mc'CARTER
I met a friend recently from Knoxville and he has let me know that he wants to learn more about flyfishing . I told him that I would try to help him and we fished today at Nances Ferry. It has been a tough Spring for me this year and i could imagine what it must be like for someone with very little experience. We fished up the river from the Launch Ramp and did not get any action for more than an hour. I explained to him about the types of Caddis that are hatching right now and I showed him flies that I tied that imitate those we were seeing. After about an hour and 1/2 he finally saw some fish feeding above us.. As is usually the case at this time of Spring the Little Dark Olive Caddis was hatching pretty well and the fish began to take the flies that I had given him to imitate them with. Eddie's skills at casting and mending grew better as time moved on and he caught a few nice fish and missed many more. At about 1:00PM the water came up some from a pulse and we got out of the water. We had fished hard and Eddie's skill levels had increased a lot. I enjoyed getting to fish with him today and maybe we can get together again. Maybe I can let him do a report the next time. The fly of the day was the Little Dark Olive Caddis.                                                                                               

   Hugh                                                                                               

MARCH 25, 2014 TRIPS TAKEN IN EAST TENNESSEE
I got out for awhile this morning even though the weather was threatening and fished for a couple of hours in the snow and wind. After getting to the river I knew that I would not be able to stand the howling wind for very long.  I took a dozen minnows and fished with my spinning outfit the whole time.  Boomer was by my side anticipating a hookup and he landed a beautiful smallmouth for me. This was the only fish that I caught today and it put up a great fight. It appeared to be about 18-20 inches long and probably weighed about 3-3 1/2 pounds. I have made several trips to different areas this Spring and I have not been able to connect with any Walleye or Saugers so far. The Walleye is my favorite eating fish and I will keep trying until the lake gets too high. It will be time to turn my attention to trout in 2-3 weeks and I'll keep pictures and reports posted as I am able to get on the stream.

   Hugh

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 STILL WITH THE DELAYED HARVEST RIGHT UP TO THE END
One of the great benefits of being retired is that you can just take off and go fishing when you want to. That's what I did today and it paid off handsomely. Boomer and I arrived on Paint Creek at about 9:30AM in the morning. It was pretty chilly and no flies were hatching off, so I stayed with a Flaskback Golden Crawler. The first section did not produce any fish and I drove on down the creek to find another spot. We passed several different SUVs and there were several people fishing as we moved on down the creek. I stopped and talked with a gentleman and I found out that they were from the Clinch River Trout Unlimited group. I watched him for a few minutes and he did not catch any thing either so I was a little concerned. I finally drove on farther downstream and found a nice spot that I thought would hold some fish. It did not take but two or three cast until I was into fish. The section had a long run so I was able to take 7 fish from it in all. It produced stockers as well as 2-3 year old natives that had been successfully spawned from the brood fish which TWRA stock for the Delayed Harvest each year. I also caught one small wild brown that had newly hatched last season. These are good signs that fish are reproducing successfully in the lower sections of Paint Creek. Practically everything had been destroyed  from a flood several years ago. Seven miles of road had been washed away and they bulldozed the entire 7 miles to make the creek wider and then built a new road along side it. Apparently a few fish have washed downstream from inside the Reserve and have spawned successfully. TWRA may be stocking a few browns again and that will help. I certainly look forward to seeing this great little stream repair itself as time moves along. Look at the pictures and you can see the young rainbows and their Parr  Marks showing their wild traits. It was good to get out again this morning and good luck to each of you as you are able to get back on the stream.

   Hugh 

FEBRUARY 22, 2014 LAST OFTHE DELAYED HARVEST AT PAINT CREEK
In 6 more days the Delayed Harvest fishing will be over at Paint Creek. It has been a tough season for fishing and for the fish. The stream has been frozen up much of the time and from the looks of the fish, they have had very little to feed on. Today things looked better. There were Little Black and Brown Stoneflies hatching up and down the whole length  of the creek. That should help some. More insects will be coming off as well. The weather was beautiful and lots of fishermen were on the creek. Blue Quills and Quill Gordons should be hatching in the Park as weather improves. I'm looking forward to a great day on Abrams Creek soon. The Flashback Golden Crawler was the fly today. Try some soon and you'll see how productive they are.  

    Hugh                       

                                                                             

DECEMBER 24, 2013 CHRISTMAS EVE FISHING ON THE HOLSTON RIVER, BELOW CHEROKEE DAM
Two of my fishing buddies called at the last minute on Christmas Eve and wanted to try the Holston River while the water was off . As soon as lunch was over we headed down the road and we were on the water in a few minutes. The air temperature was hovering just above freezing when we got there and I was a little skeptical about how well the day would go. I did not have to wait but a minute to find out. All three of us had fish on as soon as the fly hit the water. Several of the fish that we caught were small, but as the day moved on a Crème Midge hatch started and the fish got larger. We all caught fish in the 15-16 inch range and many fish started rising as the hatch got heavier. As cold as the air temperature was I was surprised at what a good hatch there was on the river. I got out of the river about 4:00 o'clock and sat down in the 4 wheeler. By the time we got back to our car, my boots and waders were frozen at the bottom. It was an extremely good day and put icing on the cake for our families that came for dinner on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas to everyone.

  Hugh

DECEMBER 7, 2013 WINTER IS HERE AND BOY, WAS IT COLD ON THE HOLSTON RIVER!
You can just look at these pictures and tell that it's cold on the river today. Jim Davis, John Bell and I were not to be deterred by this cold snap. We headed out to the Holston River as soon as the water was turned off and made our way right to the spot on a 4 wheeler, where we were going to fish. Those things are really nice when you are going to have to walk 1/2 mile otherwise. John was the first to get to the water and he only made a few cast until he was into his first fish. It was a nice one and I could hear his reel screaming. In a moment I saw it jump and it appeared to be about an 18 inch fish. He played and played the fish , but it eventually popped the tippet.  I guess that he was a little rusty. All three of us made it into the river and we began catching a few , but it was sort of slow. There were quite a few smaller fish that had been recently stocked. We got several of these and occasionally a nice holdover. The fish were strong and gave us several jumps when we would hook a nice one. The water temps are back to normal and things seemed to be off to a great start. Each one of us managed several fish and they took nymphs and midges about equally. The Flashback Pheasanttail Nymph seemed to take more fish than any other flies that we used. If I can help you with flies , please call 423-586-6198, or email me at flyfisherman1@att.net

   Hugh                                                                                                                        

NOVEMBER 14, 2013 TRIP TO THE WATAUGA RIVER AT THE BEGINNING OF WINTER
This morning it was very cold when I left the house and I did not arrive on the Watauga River until mid day. It was beginning to warm up some and I made my way to the river with Boomer right with me. I could see some fish feeding on the top and there was quite a bit of trash floating down the river from falling leaves and the remains of what is left of Fall. I had on a nice  tandem rig setup and the bottom fly was a midge. Even though there were fish rising steadily I was able to get them to look at the bottom running flies. The number of fish that I saw rising was incredible and most were only about 8-10 inches long. They were fun to catch and I fished until the wind got too strong.  They seemed to like the Flashback Golden Crawler and the South Holston Miracle Midge. If you can catch a decent day and a good generation schedule you should do well on this stream. Let us help you with flies. Call 423-586-6198. I hope to see you on the stream.

  Hugh                                                                                                                    

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 TO ALL YOU HOLSTON RIVER FANS: THE NEWS YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR---THE WATER TEMPS ARE BACK TO A COMFORTABLE FISHING RANGE
The water temperatures have been slowly dropping this month and with below freezing temperatures for a couple of days the river has cooled down to the very low 60's in the upper part of the river and even the high 50's on downstream.
This should be a continuing thing as we go farther into the winter months. I have not heard of any planned stockings by TWRA, as of yet, but I'm sure it will take place soon. I have only fished one spot in the Tampico area recently and the fish seemed to have survived fairly well in that area. I will be making more trips soon and I'll get a full report with pictures as soon as I do. Meanwhile, I know that many of you are anxious to get back on the river so be sure that you have the proper flies before you go and if you need any, just call 423-586-6198. Good fishing to you.

 

An update on the stocking: I just talked with Ric Bevins of TWRA and he told me that the river had just been stocked at the Dam, at River Point, and at Nances Ferry. This was a light stocking, somewhere in the 3000 fish range and there will be more as the winter months come along.

   Hugh

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 SHORT TRIP TO THE WATAUGA RIVER
There have been a few days of spilling on the Watauga River so I took advantage of it and fished for about 2-3 hours one day. It was beautiful and not too many fishermen to cause problems. The river is full of recently stocked fish and there are the holdovers and natives to make things lively as well. I could see a few fish feeding on top , but I had a tandem nymph selection on and they seemed very eager to take the top nymph. This was a real good day and many fish were caught. Almost all of them took the top fly which was a Flashback Golden Crawler. If you would like to try this excellent fly please call 423-586-6198 or email me at flyfisherman1@att.net

 

   Hugh                                                                                                                        

JULY 25, 2013 THE PAINT MOUNTAIN ROAD AND THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
I've made some trips to the mountains and some trips to the tailwaters in the last few days. You can see just how high the water is on a very small stream on Paint Mountain. Paint Creek was totally unfishable and in flood mode. We made our way up the French Broad River to Hot Springs and it was pretty scary with the river in the road in at least 1/2 dozen places. I don't want to try that again. Today, Boomer and I made our way to the South Holston River . We fished for awhile and then took some pictures of College Students having some fun. The Sulfurs were coming off real nicely when we left and I want to thank all three fellows for allowing me to photograph them with fish on.

   Hugh 

JULY 16, 2013 A DAY OF SLUICING ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
I clicked on the TVA generation schedule this morning and it showed that the water was off all day. I had an early morning chore and as soon as I returned we left for the river. Since we had Boomer with us we felt that it would be best to hit the TVA Cul-De- Sac area and we were on the water in a few minutes after arriving at the parking lot. There was not much Sulfur activity going on at first, but the hatches got a little heavier as we worked upstream. There was a lot of thunderstorm activity taking place on the nearby mountains so we did not stay long. We caught a few and made our way back to the car in about 2 hours. Carolyn made a few pictures and all of the fish were taken on the Rockhold Sulfur Emerger. If we can help with any flies for the tailwater or mountain streams, just contact us at 423- 586- 6198 or email us at mailto:flyfisherman1@att.net

 

 

   Hugh                                                             

MAY 27, 2013 MEMORIAL DAY WITH FRIENDS ON THE HOLSTON RIVER , BELOW CHEROKEE DAM
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Today was Memorial Day and some of my friends called early wanting to try the Holston River. One of my friends Grandson was visiting and he wanted to fish as well. We got on the river early and it had not completely run down. There were Sulfurs hatching any way , so we jumped right in. After some minor adjustments on flies we began to catch fish. They were nice hefty fish and full of spunk. I fished for about 1 hour and then I moved upstream to help Mike, the Grandson, with his casting. In just a short time he was catching fish and probably got more strikes than any of us all day. It was a beautiful day to be on the river and the Sulfurs were hatching continuously. On the way home we had a good meal and the fellowship was great . What a great time out on the river.

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MAY 24, 2013 GUESS WHAT IS HATCHING IN EAST TENNESSEE
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When we see some mention of Salmon Flies we automatically think of some of the streams in the Western States. Today I was traveling by a small almost unknown stream in East Tennessee called Oven Creek, in Cocke County. One of the few natural Bridges in the state is located here. I stopped as I approached it to let Boomer out for a break. There is a paved parking area here and guess what was flying around and eventually landed where I could get a shot of him. Although not really rare in the Smokies, you don't see them too often. This fly can bring the largest of fish up when they are feeding on them. I thought that you would enjoy seeing one.

   Hugh

MAY 11, 2013 SULFURS, SULFURS, SULFURS! AN AMAZING  DAY ON THE HOLSTON RIVER , BELOW CHEROKEE DAM
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Things have been happening fast on the Holston River so I have been making quite a few trips to keep up with the fly needs of my customers. Today, two of my friends and one Grandson were back on the river and "It was smokin". The Sulfur hatch has started ,"Big Time" in the lower parts of the river and we caught it at the perfect stage. When we stepped into the river the flies were pouring off, as heavy as I have ever seen, on the Holston. I have seen it heavy on the South Holston, but it was as good today on the Holston, below Cherokee, as it gets. The fish were making slashing strikes all over the river and you didn't know where to throw next. Hooking them consistently was a little bit more difficult than just getting them to take, but we caught numbers of fish. They are so powerful right now with all of the food and water conditions being perfect that you just have to hang on for the ride after you set the hook.. One of the last pictures that I made was of Jim Davis tied into one of his best fish today. He never did get it slowed down and it finally broke his line. These are the types of hatches to be prepared for and we have the right flies. The Tan Wulff paired with the Rockhold Sulfur Emerger  was exactly what they wanted today. Get in touch with us and get some of these flies right away. Call 423-586-6198 or email      

 

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May 8, 2013 ANOTHER TRIP ON THE HOLSTON RIVER, BELOW CHEROKEE DAM
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Jim, John , and I went to the Holston River a few days ago and had a great afternoon fishing nymphs. We thought we might get into a Caddis hatch, but it was not to be. Instead, we found the fish taking staging Sulfur Nymphs and the Flashback Golden Crawler was just what they wanted. Some of the fish were very nice and I had a great time watching these nice fish run for 150 or more feet sometimes . You begin to wonder on a few runs whether there will be enough backing. The fish seem to be at their strongest right now and there should be good hatches for a few weeks ahead. Let's hope the generation schedule stays good. The last picture is of a local on the river, by the name of Randall Barnes. He brought his Tenkara Rod this day and caught about 5 fish on it. That is the first time I've seen the Tenkara Rod used on the tailwater. Get a few of those Flashback Golden Crawlers and see how good they perform.

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MAY 7, 2013 RAINY DAY ON THE SOUTH HOLSTON RIVER
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Today, TVA ran water on the South Holston until 12.00PM and I made my way up there just before the time for the water to be turned off. I started walking downstream and I heard the sirens blow announcing that the water was off. In about 20 minutes I could start walking out into the river and the fish started feeding. I started with a Tan Wulff and a Midge dropper, but they were not interested. I switched to a BWO dry and still, no luck. Most of the takes seemed to be emerger style and I tied on a BWO Softhackle Emerger. This was the ticket so I fished the rest of my time on the river with this fly. I probably had at least 15 hookups, but several of the fish came off. My first fish was a nice rainbow and it put up a good fight. There were several good jumps and lots of reel noise. After awhile, I found a spot that seemed to be , just browns. Boomer helped several times in landing some of these fellows. He's always gentle with them and we always release what we catch. It was a good time on the river today and if I can help with flies, just call 423-586-6198 or email here. I hope to see you on the river.

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APRIL 23, 2013 TOUGH DAY ON THE CLINCH RIVER
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Boomer and I spent about 3 hours on the Lower Clinch River today and the fishing was tough. When we arrived the water was still running , but I tied on a Tan Wulff and a Rockhold Sulfur Emerger to see if the fish would take a dry fly. After 30 minutes and no takes I changed to a Clinch River Split Case PMD and a new midge that I have been experimenting with. I cast to every likely spot, and no luck. I decided to slow everything down and brought in line to shorten my cast. I began to high stik deeper runs and I started getting some" bumps" These were not solid takes, but I held up on the strike response to see if anything would get the fly in their mouth. I managed to catch two fish this way and while I had things slowed down I could see Sulfurs hatching off from time to time. I never did see a fish take one of these flies. I think the generation has the fish skittish and maybe later in the day you will find things more productive. Good luck to everyone if you fish this river.

  Hugh

APRIL 18, 2013 THE MORNING AT NANCE'S FERRY
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The water was off this morning on the Holston River so Boomer and I made our way to Nance's Ferry to see how the Caddis hatch was progressing. The skies were beautiful when we arrived and there was only one person there fishing. We walked upstream and the fish were feeding so I started off with a Light Tan Caddis pattern in a size #18. I caught one or two, but they did not seem to be as interested as I wanted in this color. I switched to a Little Dark Olive pattern in the same size and this worked better. I did get some pictures of jumpers on this trip and  I hope this gives you an idea of what you might use and where to fish. Handle them gently and place all the fish that you aren't going to keep back to give another person a chance later on. Good fishing to you. If we can help with flies, just call 423-586-6198.

  Hugh                                                                                                                              LDO.jpg (151213 bytes)

APRIL 12, 2013 BACK ON THE HOLSTON RIVER AND REDBUDS ARE BLOOMING
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I wanted to put a report on today but I did not take my camera with me. Another one of the guys that I fished with took his and I got the memory card from him as we were finishing up the trip. When I tried to download the pictures from the card I found that it would not fit any of the card readers that I have. I guess that it will be a few days before I get the pictures that go with the trip. We did fish a section below mid river this time and it turned out to be a productive one with several nice rainbows. I started fishing a Sulfur pattern with a midge dropper and changed quickly to a Flashback Pheasanttail Nymph under a strike indicator. I caught a couple of fish with this rig and I started seeing Caddis hatching. It did not take but a few minutes until the fish were feeding on top. I changed quickly to a Blue Springs  X Caddis pattern and caught or missed at least 20 fish. Both other fellows tied on Caddis patterns of their own and caught quiet a few themselves. All of the fish were 14 inches or bigger and I felt that it was a very good day. Be sure that you have a Caddis pattern with you now that they are hatching.

 

A little update:  I went farther down the river on Sunday and fished for awhile with Boomer. You can see that I got some unexpected help with landing a fish. Most of the fish were not hardly as large as the ones from the day before, but they fought well. I'll try to get the other pictures on as soon as I can.

 

  Hugh

MARCH 15, 2013 LATE AFTERNOON ON THE HOLSTON RIVER
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Yesterday, Jim Davis, John Bell, and I went for a few hours again to the Holston River, below Cherokee Dam. The water was still running when we first started fishing, but we felt it was low enough to fish. I had a nymph and a midge dropper on from where I had fished the last time . The other two fellows had the same thing on. We fished for almost two hours and the only fish that either of us had caught was one that I fouled hooked. It was looking bad. John moved to where I had been fishing and began to catch fish on a Beadhead Rubber legged Prince Nymph. He caught several fish as the afternoon wore on and he was the only one to catch anything all day. None of the rest of us had any of those flies with us, so I decided to tie some more up today. I used to fish it a lot in the early season, so I'll have to try it again. If you would like to try some of the Beadhead Rubber legged Prince Nymph just let me know and you can have them ready to fish on your local tailwater.

   Hugh

MARCH 2, 2013 ANOTHER COLD AND SNOWY DAY ON THE HOLSTON RIVER
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John Bell called today and wanted to try the Holston River again, while the snow was flying. We got there just as the water was dropping and saw quite a bit of feeding on the surface. I had done well on the Flashback Golden Crawler a couple of days before so we paired up this fly with the Clinch River Miracle Midge. In the first hole we did not hook any fish and he decided to try one more hole before changing flies. He immediately began catching fish and I started taking pictures. He barely had to move out of his tracks before he had caught 1/2 dozen fish. All of the pictures are of different fish, but they came so close together, it looks like he had not moved. After he had caught several fish I got in the river and began to do the same. Both of us caught about 1 dozen each before the evening was over and we were both very cold. The Miracle Midge took about as many as the Nymph. It was a good evening  on the Holston River and I look forward to many more great days.                                                                                                                                  CRMM.jpg (49749 bytes)

   Hugh

FEBRUARY 28,2013 A COLD, COLD DAY ON THE HOLSTON RIVER, BELOW CHEROKEE DAM
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After a couple of months of very heavy generation , TVA cut back on their heavy flows. A couple of friends called that I fish with and we were on the river at 2:00 PM. This was my first chance to try out my newest fly on a tailwater. The Flashback Golden Crawler has performed very nicely on a couple of small streams and I wanted to give it a try in a tail water that has some Mayfly Nymphs in it. The Holston was a great choice for this to happen. I tied a small midge dropper underneath the nymph since some Blackflies were hatching to help find out what they were actually feeding on.

The pictures that I took are just part of what I caught and you can see just how effective the new Flashback Golden Crawler was today. Two of the nicer fish were 15 and 16 inches, respectively.

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FEBRUARY 14, 2013 FISHING THE DELAYED HARVEST ON PAINT CREEK
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Today, on Valentines Day , I spent the morning on Paint Creek and since it is one of the few streams that is fishable it was great to be out again. I was using the Flash Back Pheasanttail Nymph and it produced nicely. If you are anxious to get out on the stream you might want to consider this type of easy casual fishing to kick the season off. The stream levels are great and the fish have very good size. Just check out the color on this beautiful bow. I also caught one wild native rainbow. It was only about 6-7 inches long so I did not photograph it. Please give our Flash Back Pheasanttail Nymphs a try.

 

I was back on Paint Creek today, 2/23/13. This time I fished the Flashback Golden Crawler and did well. Lots of people were on the creek today and the Delayed Harvest will come to an end at the last of February. It was great to see such great natural reproduction on this creek.  I caught many small native fingerlings, as well as the larger stocked trout.

You've got to try our new Flashback Golden Crawler. It is going to be a fantastic fly.

 

Today is 2/25/2013, and I was back on Camp Creek. The weather is getting a little nicer and the fish are feeding a little more aggressively. Most of the fish that I caught today were on the smaller side and they were all natives. I took a picture of a sign that has been on this creek since I was a young boy. You can see how it has grown into the tree and after reading it you can see that it is very outdated. It's a good reminder for me when I see it as to how long I have been fishing this stream.

   Today the Flashback Golden Crawler was once again the hot fly. Order you a few of these and just see how productive they are.

   Hugh

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AUGUST 21, 2012 PHOTOS COURTESY OF NICK OAKES: SOME GREAT FISH CAUGHT BY EAST TENNESSEE FISHERMEN
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Nick Oakes was on the river recently and he photographed a fish for me. He sent the picture of the fish and several more that he and some friends had caught in different areas. Take a look at these nice fish and my thanks to him for sharing his talents and ability  on the stream.

  Hugh

 

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