Thursday, December 23, 2010

Welcoming in Winter with the Long Rod

Finally was able to get out on the water for a little while lately. I met up with David Knapp of The Trout Zone in hopes of getting my big fish fix in for 2010. The weather was just as we planned, highs in the low 40's and rainy. This should keep most other people off the water, and allow us to get close to some of the big boys. Unfortunately, TVA had other plans, and we found ourselves looking at a generation schedule that was unfavorable for the South Holston. So we made our way over to NC to try for some rainbows. I found myself driving along the dragon in 35 degree temps with snow in the ditch in some locations. Not something I ever imagined I would experience. Needless to say we were about the only two people on the road that day, so it was quite a pleasurable ride.

After spending a couple hours at our destination, it was obvious that the fishing was very slow. So, we loaded up, drove back across the dragon, over the foothills parkway, and up to Elkmont. Oh, and on the way, we had to make our required stop by Little River Outfitters to shoot the breeze with Byron and Paula. We eventually found ourselves at Elkmont, and I just left my #20 blood midge tied on and started fishing at the first location David recommended. He played spotter for me and shortly thereafter I landed my first fish of the day. I was quite surprised at how active the fish were in the cold water, and how many missed strikes I had. We only stayed in this location for probably 45 minutes because the light was fading and it was getting dark. So, we made our way downstream to another location, where this time I just sat back and watched David work a run, and I took pictures. When we realized that we had virtually no chance of satisfying our big fish fix on this day, we immediately shifted into backup mode. Backup mode was for us both to catch our required fish for the LRO message board One Fish Per Month Challenge, and for me to look for some good photo ops while David was fishing. In summary, it was a very good day to be out. Even though the weather was bad, and we didn't catch many fish; it felt good to be on the water again. And the amount of effort we put in for our fish made the day's catch very rewarding. Maybe we will get our chance to go to the South Holston next week. Until next time though, below are some pictures for your viewing pleasure:

David Working a Swift Run

David working the same run

A Bridge we came across

Getting the Perfect Drift

Making the Cast

Another Run

Friday, December 17, 2010

Unusually Early Winter Weather

Although I have been in town all week long, the recent surge of winter weather has prevented me from getting out on the water. Sunday evening was snowfall around 2" in West Knoxville, and then Wednesday night we had an ice storm roll through. Below are a couple pics from the ice storm:

Plans are underway for a trip to the South Holston next week, and maybe I can get David from The Trout Zone to meet up with me for some potentially fantastic brown trout action. David is a phenomenal fisherman, with a knack for finding large trout wherever he goes. So, when you mix David and large prespawn browns, the results have the potential to be astonishing. Check back later to see if the trip happens.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Recent Lack of Outdoor Time

It has been awhile since my last post, and that is in large part to a busy work schedule for the past two months. I spent 5 of the last 7 weeks in New Jersey working, and when I was at home I had a hard time tearing myself away from the family to hit the water. I did make it out to the Clinch one afternoon to fish in the weir pool for a relatively productive day. However, nothing of any size was landed. Also, I managed to have most of the week of Thanksgiving off work, so I spent that time with the family. During that time I put in a days worth of hunting with dad, and we both killed a buck within two hours of each other. Hopefully I will have more time in the coming weeks to either make it up to the South Holston or maybe over to North Carolina for some prespawn trout.

19" Clinch River Brown