Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Holston River

Fishing the South Holston? Consider These Guys

South Holston Fly Shop for East Tennessee fishing destinations.  These guys pull up some nice looking fish out of the South Holston.  Read their East Tennessee Fishing report.

I guess they have done some fish shocking to come up with these population numbers. They boast that there are 11,000 fish per mile.  I am not making this up...from their website:

The South Holston:

The South Holston River is one of Tennessee Valley Authority's Dam controlled rivers. The Dam is a Hydroelectric plant, producing electricity for surrounding areas. The river itself comes out of the bottom of a deep mountain lake. This keeps the water at a constant temperatures 12 months a year. That means cold water, and good trout fishing year round. 

The South Holston river is famous for it's Sulphur Hatches. These hatches occur form April thru early November, daily. And because of our years of experience, we know where on the river they occur during different months. The summer is especially good for Sulfur hatches while TVA releases water from the dam. From June thru September, a Sulphur Hatch WILL occur . 

The winter is Blue Wing Olive and Black Fly time on the South Holston. During the Middle of winter, big BWO hatches will occur. The Black Fly Hatch IS a given. It WILL happen. Some of the biggest brown trout, eat the smallest flies experienced. 20" Wild Rainbow and Wild Brown trout are a common occurrence to the fly fisherman. 

If streamers are your game, the South Holston River is home to BIG Brown trout. A 20 Lb. Brown trout was caught earlier in the year.

The river is home to 11,000 brown trout per mile. All Brown Trout are wild fish, and the South Holston is full of them. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Clean Your Fly Rod

Like New

According to Harry Murray, an expert on Fly Fishing, cleaning your fly rod, not only makes it look like new, it reduces ice formation on the guides.  Take a look at the video below.  

Murray's Fly Shop Fly Fishing Tips: Caring for your Fly Fishing Rod from Murray's Fly Shop on Vimeo.

Added Bonus

Look here!  Murray's Fly Fishing 2015 catalog. Everything you need in 22 pages.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fly Tying For Beginners - Jim Misura

Fly Tying For Beginners - Jim Misura

Jim gives great simple tying instructions for beginners.  He has some great patterns that are good for beginners and experts alike.

The Floating Hairs Ear and Floating Pheasant Tail are great additions to your fly box.

Monday, January 19, 2015

FLY TV Sight Fishing Big Sea Trout On A Small River

Remarkably Big Sea Trout in a Small River

Steffan Jensen does a bang-up job fishing for these large Sea Trout in very confined spaces. This video has many useful tips that you can use in any small stream.  Go Steffan! Subscribe to FLY-TV while you are at it.

More from FLY-TV  (The best thing Scandanavians have produced since VOLVO cars, Electrolux appliances and the Norwegian Olympics)

Grayling Dreams

Go Niklaus and Daniel!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Orvis Fly Fishing Belize 2014

Orvis Sponsored Belize Trip

My friend Jim Opalka went to Belize last year and caught his first Tarpon and Bone Fish.  The video was produced by Duber Winters one of the  Orvis  guides from Orvis Woodbridge, VA. He has done an excellent job with the video. 

Orvis Fly Fishing Belize 2014 from Duber Winters on Vimeo.

BTW - New Yeti Hopper Cooler Looks Cool .....

It isn't inexpensive at - $349.00, but it sure can keep food and beers nice and frosty.  I will need to find a way to add this bad boy to my arsenal.  I love the idea of a soft pack cooler for food and drinks.

Evaluated Un-Scientifically at Gear Junkie!

Being sold at my favorite sporting goods store  -- Green Top

Yeti Hopper Display at GreenTop

Marble Trout - 25 lbs?

Who Knew - Marble Trout - 25 lbs.

Go figure. It seems that Marble trout can get to 25 lbs. Take a peek but reserve 45 minutes for this full movie.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mexican Rainforest Kayaking

Have Kayak Will Travel - Mexican Vacation

My son and his friends go to Mexico and Kayak in the jungle for quite an adventure.  This video was put together by Thomas' friend Ryan McAvoy.  Waterfalls anyone....

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Review of new Gear from New Years Day Trip

Gear Review

Allen Fly Fishing Synthetic Down  All Season Jacket  - 4.5 of 5.

The Allen Synthetic Down All Season Jacket is a great outer layer for cold weather.  In 28° F windy weather was kept at bay by wearing multiple layers.  Base layer was a thermal undershirt, followed by a button down flannel, and a cotton turtle neck.  Next I would put on my woolen sweater which is heavy.  Instead on this trip I donned the Allen Synthetic Down as the outer layer . It was not heavy and allowed for freedom of movement.  It kept the wind of my body, had some extra outer pockets and kept me warmer than the sweater would have.  Great buy for the money.  Zipper could be a little heavier duty, but that is the only negative. 

Dr Slick Mitten Clamp - 4.0 of 5

Great tool.  Works if you are wearing mittens.  A little clumsy at the beginning getting used to tool.  It worked best when using woolen mittens and half gloves.

New Leader System - 4.0 of 5.

The system below worked well when I had to switch up from nymphing to streamers and back.  Basically used one main leader all weekend and changed tippet back and forth.

  • Start with a 7.5 foot 3X leader.
  • Tie a 2 foot section of 3X for Streamer fishing OR
  • Tie a 2 foot section of 5X or 6X for Nymph fishing
  • Clip off one or the other end section at the knot and tie on different if you need to switch fly type

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It is Fly Tying Season - Great Fly Tying Site

Tim Cammisa from Trout and Feather

Tim has a whole series of videos and does a great job explaining the why behind the fly! Where to use the flies and options on how to tie it.  Tim also goes into great detail on subjects such as "Whip Finishing" by hand and with three different tools.  A whole series on organizing dubbing etc. and tips and techniques.   The site is organized and Tim shoots a great video. He responds to your comments on his youtube videos.  Great Stuff!

Trout and Feather

Czech Stye Hare's Nymph

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Blane Chocklett - The Dude


The enclosed video is showing Blane Chocklett tying his T-Bone Musky Fly.  He is the Dude!

Blane mentions his Game Changer Fly that he produced for Umpqua at the end of the third video.  It had not been officially released at the time of this video.