The Infamous Yellow Hyde Low-Pro
Do you hear that men? That’s opportunity knocking!
Most of you will think this is too good to be true (and maybe it is) but for some lucky dude this East Tennessee Legend will become theirs. Sure, you’ve all seen her before maybe down river, barely visible in the mist, or anchored up on a shoal always hooked up on a fish, but imagine this demigod boat in your garage?! I get it, it’s too much to take in. Yet, here it is, my hyde for sale and I’m practically giving it away. This 2007 14’6″ Low side Pro Series w/ G4 bottom knows every hole, riffle, and back eddy of every river of East Tennessee and beyond, it’s guaranteed to slide effortlessly across, over and through anything a river throws at her. With her trailer and 9.5′ counter balanced oars ANYTHING is possible.
Can’t row? You don’t need to.
Don’t believe me? Well then go ahead and do us all a favor and stop reading now and put back on your waders ’cause this dory is for believers only! Just know that I won’t be held responsible if your significant other leaves your for the one that does pull the trigger.
Most trout of Eastern and Middle Tennessee know her well and gladly submit when they see her float by. Don’t own a flyrod? No worries, some have even gone as far as jumping in the boat! The ladies have known to do the same. As a side note, I can’t be held responsible for any instant fornication and or procreation that will definitely take place after you take possession. While your wife, or significate other, might get pissed-off at your new-found sex appeal, she will undoubtedly understand and try to earn you back! Its natural…what can you do?
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I was playing on Facebook the other day and came across PostFly Box (www.postflybox.com). As a subscriber to a similar service for spin fishing (I could almost hear the gasp with the mention of spin fishing), I thought I would give it a try. The first month is only $5 per “box” with varying prices depending on subscription length.
PostFly box offers three different kinds of fly boxes:
Trout with 12-18 different flies per box
Bass with 5-8 different flies per box
Saltwater with 5-8 different flies per box
I subscribed for both trout and bass. I thought for $10 ($5 each type of box) I could at least give it a try. When my first package arrived, I opened it up with excitement and starting tearing into each one since I had no idea what flies came with it. It was fun having no clue what to expect and having the opportunity to learn new flies.
I loved the bass box. It was full of practical flies that should put those smallies in the boat. The first package contained 7 flies while the second one had 6. They were well made and I feel confident that these flies will hold up against the many aggressive strikes and fights that we have come to love from the smallmouths (I don’t do a ton of largemouth fly fishing).
The trout box I’m undecided on. The flies were plentiful and well made. My only problem with the box is that the river I mainly trout fish in, the trout seem to like the smaller stuff. There were a good assortment of sizes in the box but I felt roughly 50% of the box would be used very little FOR ME. If the river(s) you frequent likes bigger flies than the Clinch, then I would have zero hesitation with this box.
If you are looking to stock up on your flies very easily and affordably, then I HIGHLY recommend this service. Try it for yourself at $5 and if you don’t like it, you can cancel easily on their website (www.postflybox.com). No pressure at all.
About a year ago, I decided to fork over a chunk of change and purchase the Korkers KGB (Korkers Guide Boot). After the first use, I quickly realized that I was in love. I purchased an additional set of soles and would use the studded rubber for tailwaters, the vibram rubber for when I was on my Towee, and finally the felt when fishing the Smokies. After some use, I cracked one of the soles. I called up customer service, who in turn called a local fly shop and when I arrived there they just handed me the new soles. I thought that was pretty cool that I had new soles the day I broke them.
A month later, I realized the knob that holds the soles on the back of the boot was breaking! I quickly called up customer service and they shared my concern that the boots were already breaking. I was told that they had limited sizes left of the KGB, but they thought they could dig up a size 12 for me to replace my current size 12. I was also instructed that if I was interested in a different model altogether, I could exchange the KGBs for whatever model I wanted. I once again headed to a local fly shop and tried on the Korkers Whitehorse. I liked the way they felt, but there was one problem…I needed a size 13.
I called customer service again and told them that while I liked the Whitehorse, I would need a size 13 so it would make more sense to just send me the size 12 KGBs since I had already purchased different size 12 soles. This is where the service starts shining.
My box arrived from Korkers with not only size 13 Whitehorse boots, but all new soles in size 13. That was something that did not have to be done. I would recommend Korkers boots to anyone that wants versatility in a wading boot without actually owing multiple pairs.
The first Fly Tying 101 class at Orvis Sevierville as been completed! Six happy new fly tiers are about to join the weird world of fly tying. Yes, I’m sure there will be some fido clipping, dryer lint sifting and even boa deconstruction happening. We’ve all done it and finding materials in weird places is half the fun.
Fly Tying for me serves a similar purpose as fly fishing. It is a quick escape that takes me away for small moments. While I’m at the vise, I’m thinking of past fish I’ve caught or the ones that got away. I’m thinking of new fish I might find and places that I want to explore. Fly Tying for me is simply not just making something to catch a fish; it is about the adventures it reminds me of and the possibility of making new ones.
The Orvis Company will be offering FREE FLY TYING CLASSES in early 2014. Key word being FREE!!!!
Dates for classes:
- January: 18 & 25
- February: 1, 8, 15 & 22
Contact your local Orvis Store or dealer.
136 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville TN, 37862
Laurelwood Shopping Center
4556 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38177
Okay, so I thought I would start a wish list of items or items that I would like for Christmas. Maybe my wife will catch wind of these and surprise me for the holidays (wink, wink).
The first company is Tn Fly Co or www.tnflyco.com . They are a Knoxville based fly fishing accessory company. The couple that run the company are both young and are into both photography and fly fishing very seriously. They are producing some great hats and T-Shirts, I wish I could get one of each!
Here is a little bio from their website:
“TN FLY CO (Tennessee Fly Company) was started in December, 2012 by avid (avid ≠ accomplished) fly-fisherman and Tennessee native, Cal Davis. Combining fly fishing, design and state pride seemed a daunting task until the Tri-Fly Logo was born. TN FLY CO products showcase a love for our world’s greatest sport while proudly displaying a haughtiness for our great State of Tennessee. Whether you are a fly-fisherman, fly-fisher woman or just someone that appreciates good design and local business, TN FLY CO offers something for everyone. Fish on!”
Very cool stuff from some folks that both love fly fishing and the great state of Tennessee!
I was going through a few items and wanted to try and clean out a few things.
The first is a pair of Smith Polarized sunglasses. The frame style is the Riverside and the lens is the polarchromic Amber with tortise frame. These are in thier techlite lenses. I ordered these and discovered that they do not fit my face right. They have only been worn about twice on the river and have spent the rest of thier time in the case. Here is a link to them on Smith’s website. They retail for $199 and I’d like to get $125.00 out of them, but I’ll ship them for free UPS ground to the lower 48. These are great glasses for the Smokies due to the light lense color.
The next item is a stream side entomolgy kit. I actually have two of these, because I had lost one and it had been barried in some storage boxes for years and only surfaced recently when I moved into a new house.
It is a Wind River streamside entomology kit. It retails for $49.95 on Cabelas.com. I’d like to get $40 for it but again I’ll ship for free to the lower 48.
I’ll only keep these up for about a week or so and then I’ll list them on ebay, but if you have any questions, you can post them in the comments section below. Thanks for looking.