Bill Bolinger and I fished on Friday Dec. 3 we were going to fish on Saturday, but the weather looked bad so we decided to fish on Friday. I think that we made the right decision on, because Saturday was terrible weather. Bill came to try, and catch a big fish so we hit the water Friday morning with one plan in mind to try an hook up on a big fish. Well it didnt take us long to find a few big pre-spawn Browns. We got Bill set up an started fishing. We caught a few small fish right away. Then Bill hooked up one of the big Browns. After a good fight we got the fish to the net. After a quick couple of picture and measurement we released the Big 27″ Brown. We managed to caught a couple of more fish from that section then we decided to go eat lunch. After lunch we headed down river to catch the water falling. We got to our next spot and there were bugs coming of both Sulphurs and BWO’s. There were fish rising everywhere. We caught a few fish in there including on nice 15″ Brown, but that was not what we were looking for. So we moved spots again. We found us a section to fish, and right off the bat Bill was into fish. We caught several nice fish including one 17″ Brown. Then I spotted a nice shadow laying in some running water. Bill fished to were I had seen the fish. Then we hooked up on the fish at first Bill didnt think it was a big fish, but then we got a look at it. It was a beautifully colored 24″ male Brown. In the water fish flashed so much red that it almost looked like a Rainbow. We didnt see anymore big fish in that section so right before we ended we tryed another spot. We fished for a little while then spotted one nice 20″ fish we fished to it, and caught it. That was a great way to end the day. I had a great time with Bill, and we had a great day on the water.
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Larry and Alex Chappelear came to float with me on Sunday. They were wanting to float the South Holston River, but TVA was not running any water so we went to the Watauga River. We got on the water, and there was not a single boat on the water. We got on the water, and there was a few fish rising Larry had a Sulphur Comparadun with a Split Case dropper already tyed on so he started with that. He was into fish right away. I rigged Alex up with a Beelte with a dropper. We had some fish come up, and look at the Beetle but no fish wanted to take the Beetle. So I switched him up and Alex got into some fish. Then when the sun got high the fish went down. So we had to start nymph fishing. The fishing was pretty good, but not as good as the morning. Later in the afternoon the fishing got better, and the fish started rising again. The fishing got better most the fish were rising to Midges. It was a hot day, but the fishing was pretty good. We caught a good many fish, and I had a great time fishing with Larry and Alex.
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I know this sounds redundant since February of this year. But it is the truth. Dry fly fishing could not be any better. Ranging in size for 14-18 , the sulphurs last week were numerous. They were all up and down the river. Sulphur nymphs , emergers, dun patterns and then spinners, all caught fish at their designated time. This past Saturday, I heard of near blanket hatches on some parts of the river. Heard tales of size 14 and larger PMD colored sulphurs.
Sulphur nymphs have still been hot as a fire cracker. Some stick with them all thru a hatch and hammer then. And then nuts like me go to a dry as quickly as possible. For me this past week, I fished Wednesday thru Saturday evenings only. Would close the shop and head to the river. Each day was able to catch sulphurs on the water . And then fish large spinner falls . I can still see Saturday evenings spinner fall in my mind. I was where spinners were dropping out of the air and fish were set up every where sipping them. Fantastic pretty well describes the feeling and the sight. Fish literally everywhere eating them. Almost wall to wall trout were set up smacking the dying bugs. It is impossible to get any better than that for me.
All of Matt’s trips were better than good. All caught fish well. And most quality fish.
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It is on, here on the South Holston River in East Tennessee. Everyone was celebrating all up and down the river this past week. Sulphurs are popping up everywhere now, not just down stream. The bugs are anywhere from big pale yellows to smaller sulphur orange. Sulphur nymphs are catching fish extremely well. As are sulphur emergers , duns and spinners. Matthew Guinn and I spent two wonderful afternoons fishing the sulphur spinner fall. Before the spinners arrived, Matthew really caught fish on a nymph. It literally was almost every cast. He caught a very fat 22″ brown that would have pushed 6 lbs. Now that is a big brown trout. You know me, I held out for the dry fly fishing. It was worth it. It was superb .
On Matthew Champion’s guide trips , the fishing was also hot as a fire cracker. Sulphur dries with a sulphur nymph dropper was the ticket for his clients. And Bob Wolf also had a very good dry fly fishing only trip on Friday.
Have I ever told you what a great river this is. Well, it is. And the current fishing is as good as it gets.
Tight Lines All,
Friday evening was my first official sulphur dry fly ONLY trip for 2010 here on the South Holston River in East tennessee.
Have enjoyed watching that piece of yarn go down and catching fish on nymphs. But there is nothing like watching a fish sip a dry fly. And they did Friday evening. First there were emergers, then duns, then the spinners came back. Two hours of gloriouys dry fly fishing. One thing for sure. If you did not have the right color and size for the spinner representation, the browns did not want it. That still amazes me that at dark the fish still want it to be just right. They can flat see.
So it has started . And started with a sip.