Monday, October 13, 2014
Watuaga Float Trip - September 2014
Hello All! It has been a long time since my last post. The life force/treadmill/work as a necessity for living thingy has hijacked my spare time. I have been working on a huge project that has consumed any spare time I had left for fishing. Until one puts their foot/feet down and exclaims, " I Will Go Fishing...", well then it's too easy for other things to get in the way.
The Wautauga River is just over the Virginia border in Tennessee near Bristol. It is a tailwater created by the TVA damming that occurred in the 50's and 60's. It is an excellent limestone river that has been transformed into a trout float trip paradise. The Watauga River, or Wilbur Tailwater, is a premier cold water fishery in Eastern Tennessee. The river is renowned for it's heavy caddis hatches in the spring and the amount of bug life underwater is outstanding. The limestone bedrock promotes a fantastic amount of bugs year round.
The conditions where bright blue skies, mid 70's, water temperature was in the upper 50's. The TVA opened the gates at 9:00 AM. We could have been on the river around 10:00 AM but managed to start around 11:30 AM. The TVA posts the times when the generate electricity and about an hour after they finish is when it is optimal to start fishing. This is what our guide said. He has been fishing the river for over 20 years. I believe him.
What the Trout Eat
Since 90% of what a trout eats is underwater our guide suggested Nymphing. Thinking about it, throughout the day there were incredible BWO hatches. Dry flies were not out of the question. In fact we caught a few fish during a hatch at the end of the day.
Our guide, Jason Reep, knew what he was doing. I won't give away all of his secrets, but.... he knew what bugs to start with. A two fly rig. Egg dropper from the Thing-ama-bob to a Micro Mayfly or his Top Secret Midge. The Egg dropper was used as an attractor pattern and after the turbulence of the river died down from the beginning of the day's TVA activities we settled on a Micro Mayfly on top and a Top Secret 18 inches below. Worked like a charm as we both caught 30 plus fish!
Awesome Recommend Plus 10+. Off the dial.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Sharknado - Enough Said.I am a product of the 60's and 70's when it comes to horror movies. My brother forced me to watch re-runs of every Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi movie out there so he could sneak up on me and scare the crap out of me. I couldn't sleep for days when Abott and Costello met Wolf Man and the Mummy. Of course that lead to the inevitable....fear of Sharks from the movie Jaws. Can't even swim in a lake without thinking about it. You know who you are. You are out there. A scardy pants just like me.
One therapy for curing yourself of any fear of sharks is to watch, you guessed it,
The problem is that the movie fails to be credible! Buzzfeed comes to the rescue again and points that all out for us.
The 38 Most Absolutely Absurd Things That Happen In “Sharknado 2”
It was a hard list to trim down. posted on July 31, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Fish-eye view: Catfish wear GoPro camera at noodling tournament: A makeshift catfish 'harness' supports a GoPro camera for a fish-eye view inside the tank and down the water chute at Claremore's Battle of The Big Cats noodling tournament.
You Can't Beat This!
You Can't Beat This!
Friday, April 25, 2014
Fishing for Striper in Downtown RichmondI am lucky enough to have one of the best urban fisheries ever only 20 minutes from my house. The James River is the body of water of which I speak. Choosing the right times to go is an art form. One has to investigate the tide chart, consult local "fishing guru's", rely on moon charts and ensure there are no important dates on the calendar or family events to go to. When all is aligned....magic happens.
ConditionsSunny, 65 F, incoming high-tide. Went to the secret spot number 1 underneath the I-95 bridge. Used 350 grain sinking line and chartreuse and white clouser.
Caught Three StriperYes caught three striper on the fly! They were between 3-5 lbs and fought well. The biggest one got away. I didn't set the hook properly. It felt as if it were in the 20lb range. There are some big striper in the James. One was caught on regular tackle at 74lbs last April 2013. I think it is a state record for a river caught striper. Here are photos of the few I landed.
Figure Out Where I Was in Downtown Richmond!
Clay tossing a 100 foot cast...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Five States Adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay Want to Clean It Up - Let Them
It seems like the other 21 States are fearful that the Clean Water Act will be focused on their backyards. Big Agriculture is also screaming foul and under the banner of States Rights is leading the charge against the Chesapeake Bay Clean Up. None of the 21 states border the Chesapeake Bay, but they want to impede our progress out of an undocumented fear. Let Virginia, Maryland, DC, WV, PA and DE govern how to manage our "backyard" resource. Please get the facts here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's website.
Save The Bay - Chesapeake Bay Foundations Fact Page