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,
Midge and black fly larva are catching fishing. And definitely micro mayflies are working. On Matt’s trips this weekend, they caught fish and a bunch of them. TVA is running 200 cubic feet per second continual flow. So wading is a piece of cake. There are BWO’s on the water some and fish are rising to them, some. There are black fly’s coming off and spinners coming back to the water late evening , fish are sipping them. And black fly larva are always available for trout.
This should be a good week for nymph and larva fishing.
It looks like Friday is the last day of sluicing on South Holston River. The prediction is for three one hour pulses a day. So low water fishing will be on. Please check schedule always to make sure that is what is happening. – ALWAYS Check schedule. That should mean Sulphurs are not far away.
This week, I have fished every afternoon but Monday.
Midge pupae and black fly larva has been the key for me. Fish have been really eating them. They are full of both. They are in their mouths – their mouths are running over.
And as usual, black fly adults and spinners galore late evening. I have seen a lot of BWO’s on the water. But fish don’t seem to be eating them. I have followed them out of sight many times this week- no fish ate them.