Saturday, January 24, 2009

Found Myself A Bargain

Yesterday, Amy and I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather so we headed up to Gatlinburg. I know what you are thinking, Gatlinburg!?! I stay away from G-burg during the summer and fall, but it is quite nice in the winter. I can stroll along the streets peacefully, and stop in at any of the little shops I feel like. I don't have to worry about where to park or how much I am going to gouged for.

Anyway, on our way up there, Trey started getting really fussy as we were going through Sevierville. So, we chose to stop in at Orvis to walk around to get Trey out of his seat. While at Orvis, I thought I would ask about the outgoing Zero Gravity series of rods. The guy working the counter informed me that they only had one left in stock, an 8.5' 5wt. This is the same length and weight that I have been planning to purchase to round out my arsenal. I took the rod outside and made some casts with it. With a very strong side wind, it still was the easist casting rod I have ever had in my hands. I couldn't not believe the distance at such ease I was achieving with this rod, and it weighed in at about 70% of what my go-to 9' 4wt weighs. When I asked about the price, they told me that they are selling for 40% off, but since this rod was missing the cap for the rod tube theY would let it go for 60% off. Also, more temptation came in the form of the following statement, "Orvis will most likely replace this rod in the event of breakage with a new Helios." That was all the temptation I needed. This was a $625 rod that I walked away with for $200 (thanks to a $50 gift card).

I do 95% of my shopping with Little River Outfitters, but I don't expect to ever find another bargain like this again. I had to jump on this deal.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Still no Fishing

All the rains we received during December and early January have all the tailwaters generating full force. The Clinch has been running at over 9,000 CFS for the past couple weeks, and I expect it to take another week or so before they get the lake levels down to normal.

Temperatures over the next 10 days appear to be coming back to normal for this time of year. So hopefully, if I can find a local tailwater not generating I can get out some. At least I have been getting some good tying time in lately. I am trying to extend my pattern library to include stonefly patterns. This is something I very rarely tie due to my lack of park fishing. However, there is a decent population of winter black stoneflies on the Hiwassee, if I decide to make a trip down there this year.

I will be in Phoenix the first week of February, and I wish I had time to take along my fly rod. The White Mountains are only a couple hours to the east, Lee's Ferry is probably 3 hours to the north, and the Salt River is about 45 minutes to the East. However, I think by the time the conference is over, I will be ready to come home. I was in Arizona the first week of March last year, and it was absolutely beautiful. Temps in the 70's and sunny everyday, you couldn't ask for much more. If I have time to get out and take some pics, I will post them when I return.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Things have been a little slow lately on the fishing side of things. All of the recent rains have had all the tailwaters blown out, and I don't expect to get on the water for at least another week.

However, I wanted to share with everyone that I will be at Troutfest this year as one of the fly tyers. A couple other blogger buds will also be there tying. What is Troutfest? See the link below to find out, and try to come out if you are available.


I haven't done any public demonstrations since my days tying for The Creel here in Knoxville. That has been almost 15 years ago, but I figured it was time that I come out of my comfort zone and do it again. I always enjoyed tying in front of others, so I don't really know how I got away from it. I would have my dad drop me off at the shop on his way to work (I didn't have my license yet), and I would stay there and tie and talk flyfishing all day long. Those are some good memories I had long forgotten. As the time draws near, I will probably solicit comments from you to let me know what flies you would like to see me tie if you were attending. I am definitely planning on tying Blake's Stripper Midge, Sulfur Biot Softhackle, Slumpbusters, and Woolly Buggers, but I will need a few others in my arsenal.

Until next time.....

Tight Lines and God Bless

Saturday, January 3, 2009

2008 by the Numbers

So, I checked over my fishing log for the year, and here is a summary of the year.

Number of trips: 37

Average # of fish per trip: 8

Most fish in a day: 24 (3 times)

Skunkings: 0 (first time ever)

Largest fish: 22" Clinch River Brown

Most Memorable Fish: 19" Clinch Brown on a #18 Sulfur Thorax

Different fishing locations: Clinch, South Holston, Watauga, Hiwassee, Holston, GSMNP

2008 was the best year of fishing I have ever had. Granted, in 2007 I went to Colorado and had some outstanding fishing, all of 2008 was local fishing. I caught more quality fish this past year than ever before. I like to credit the slot limit on the Clinch for that, and I am very excited about this Spring's sulfur hatch on the Clinch. The results of the slot limit should be even more visible.

Until next time....

Tight Lines and God Bless

19" Clinch River Brown