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Sage On The Water Tour 2017

Sage will be visiting Fly South on April 13th for their On the Water Tour. 2017  Check it out!

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (March 29, 2017) –Sage hits the road once again to bring it’s On The Water Tour to a new part of the U.S. After a successful tour out West in 2016, famed fly rod and reel manufacturer, brings this fun and informative format to the Southeast.

“We had so many popular stops on our 2016 tour that we decided to replicate that in a new area of the country,” said David Lantz, Sage brand manager. “The Southeast has spectacular rivers and beaches with very passionate fly fishermen, so we couldn’t be more excited to visit them on this year’s tour.”

Starting on beautiful rivers around the Appalachia area and finishing on the flats in Florida, this tour offers anglers an opportunity to bring fellow anglers together to share knowledge and good times. The van is loaded with mountains of rods and reels to try out, and attendees can learn from casting lessons and presentations all while enjoying good food and drink. Anglers can try out new gear, pick up a tip or two or simply share good stories. All are welcome.

In addition, Sage will be stopping at Fly South (115 19th Avenue South, Nashville) on April 13th for Happy Hour.

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f3t 2017 – Fly Fishing Film Tour


The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade.

2017 marks The F3T’s 11th annual adventure. In addition to more than 150 screenings across the U.S., you’ll also be able to catch it in Canada, Belize, the U.K. and South Africa. This year’s lineup of films is our finest yet. From Siberia to Idaho, Mexico, Florida, Kamchatka, Alaska, Montana and more, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the globe!  Check out the official page at FlyFilmTour.com

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Chatthoochee River

At the recent Orvis Guide Rendezvous I had the chance to hang out and float the South Holston with the guys from River Through Atlanta, Chris Scalley and John McCloskey are the real deal.  They have an amazing fishery that runs through Atlanta w/ a population of 6 million.  Oh, and it also supports wild Brown Trout! Besides trout these guys chase stripers, shoal bass and hybrids on the fly.  As an extra bonus there is also some good duck hunting on the river.  I have said many a time that I would never want to leave TN, because of all the great fishing, but if I had to live in Atlanta, it seems much better now.  Either way this may have to be on the short list of a long weekend road trip.  Below is the full river description that Chris sent me and it will be located in a new section of the blog “More Great Water” or find it here Chattahoochee.

by Chris Scalley of River Through Atlanta Guide Service

  • Species: Rainbow and Brown Trout
  • Angler Type: Boat or Wade
  • Access Type: Public and Private

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Fly Shops

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Good Eats

The River

The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is a classic Southern tail-water. Water is released from the penstocks at depths down to 130ft below the surface of Lake Lanier where cold water is sourced year-round. Many people travel through Atlanta’s international airport never imagining there could be a world-class trout fishery just mile away! The 48 miles of designated trout water is surrounded by 10,000 acres of linear public parklands known as the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Visitors will find excellent access points either canoe launches or boat ramps along with amenities like restrooms and endless hiking trails.

3The Hooch is home to two of Georgia’s state record brown trout in recent years. In 2003 an 18 pounder was landed and then in 2013 a 22 pounder both were caught on artificial lures using conventional tackle. Many big Browns are caught and released every year on the fly rod using large streamers or nymphs.

5The GA DNR quit stocking brown trout in 2006 as they discovered there is a self-sustaining population that spawns successfully every year. DNR also stocks approximately 150,000 rainbows from fingerlings to catchable size beginning in March through Labor Day. The possibility of catching both stream-bred and stocked trout makes for great catch rates and aesthetic value during your Chattahoochee River NRA experience.

6A drift boat or some type of watercraft (belly boats/float tube, pontoons, kayaks) are best to access remote stretches of the river but if you are willing to hike off the beaten path there are plenty of shoals and gravel bars to wade. Please note the river is expansive with an average depth of 4.5ft so please wear a PFD and utilize a wading staff for safety. Reminder “check the flow before you go!” at 770-945-1466 also visit www.nps.gov/chat. Buford Dam operates strictly for flood control and power demand but is more predictable than other tail-waters in the South. Another luxury of the Buford Dam project is that the Army Corps of Engineers does its best to NOT release high flows on weekends making Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays fairly predicable for safe recreational flows.

4Bug hatches on the river are prolific in the spring from March through May we experience good caddis hatches. Further downstream 36 miles below Buford Dam both caddis and a variety of mayflies can cause an eruption of rising fish in an 8 mile Delayed Harvest section. This section is closer to town and is stocked heavily from November through May-15th it is artificial ONLY barbless flies or lures, catch and release.  Also two stonefly hatches to note are the little Winter Stoneflies from December through March and the large pteronarcys (salmon flies) in February through April. Use large black to brown Girdle or Yuk bug nymphs to target quality fish. Blue Winged Olive mayflies can hatch year-round and cool overcast days are the best time for them.

Gear Recommendations

  • Waders- because the water is cold
  • Rubber with Studs or felt boots (No Studs in Boats)
  • Wading Staff
  • PFD
  • 9’ and 10’ 4 and 5 weight rods
  • 3x-6x tippet. Fluor when nymphing Mono for dries

Popular Flies

  • Zebra Midges of all sorts, sizes, and colors
  • Pheasant tail nymphs
  • San Juan Worms
  • CDC comparadun baetis and Sulphur
  • Elk Hair Caddis
  • Beetles and Flying Ants
  • Wooly Buggers
  • Tiny Parachute Adams
  • Eggs Patterns

Tips and Safety

  • Be very careful when wading. If the Corp begins to generate, get out of the water.
  • Check the Generation at www.nps.gov/chat
  • Check the Generation at 770-945-1466

Fishing Regulations

Please be sure to check current regulations if you are unfamiliar, many of our tailwaters have unique regulations.

Public Access Points

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2016 International Fly Fishing Film Festival

international-fly-fishing-film-festival-30The 2016 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is coming to Tennessee! IF4 as it is more commonly referred to is sure to be a great time.  Currently, we know about 2 shows in Tennessee.

If you don’t live in TN or can’t make these venues, check out www.flyfilmfest.com for more information, schedules and tickets.

2016 IF4 Trailer

About

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival® consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. The films at this popular event are capturing the attention of anglers around the world. IF4™ contains exclusive content and is a must see experience coming to a theater near you!

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2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour

2016 F3T PosterThe 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Tennessee! Presently we are aware of 2 venues both in the month of March. Links to each respective event is below:

If you don’t live in TN or can’t make these venues, check out www.THEF3T.COM for more information, schedules and tickets.

 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour Trailer

About

The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade.

2016 marks The F3T’s 10th lap around North America and this year’s lineup of films is without question the best the Tour has ever presented. From Bolivia to the Seychelles, British Columbia and Patagonia, from Saskatchewan to Zambia and Virginia to Montana, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the globe!

In addition to showcasing world-class fly fishing films, The F3T is dedicated to supporting the local fly shops and conservation groups that form the backbone of our sport’s educational and environmental efforts. Discount F3T tickets are available at more than 150 fly shops across the country. A portion of those ticket sales go directly to support fishing and habitat-related conservation groups. In 2015 we raised over $300,000 for our conservation partners and have used our voice to bring greater attention and support to groups like Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition, Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Utah Stream Access Coalition, Stop Pebble Mine and many more.

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Fly Fishing the Clinch River

May 2nd on a Pheasant Tail Nymph
May 2nd on a Pheasant Tail Nymph

Looking back at a few old fishing reports it is evident that May and June is when I have experienced some very good and consistent fishing on the Clinch River. However in years past we have had some very high spring water levels to deal with which has limited the fishing. So far this TVA has been giving us better flows earlier than I have seen in a quite some time. We have already heard of some lower river Sulphur hatches around the Hwy 61 bridge.

On a recent Sunday trip with the wife and dog, although I was not seriously fishing, I did manage some quality fish in a short amount of time. I believe that this action will only get better as we move into June.

At the shop many people come in and say that they have difficulty fishing the Clinch or do not know what to do. I’ll attempt to simplify it here. First a quick disclaimer, that I am not a guide nor do I get to fish as much as I used to, so the below tips are just a collaboration of my observations over the last 10 years.

Sulphur
Sulphur Mayfly

The Bugs: Their are really only two main bugs to worry about on the Clinch in my opinion. The first and most prevalent are midges and the second is the Sulphur. Midges are typically very small in size (20-22), but will be very prevalent at times. The zebra midge is the most common pattern to mimic this food source. When the Sulphurs are active, the fishing will be at it’s peak. The Sulphur is a larger mayfly in size 14 to 18. Pheasant Tail nymphs and Sulphur dry fly patterns are the typical flies to match this bug.

The River: The Clinch River is a tail-water below Norris Lake and Dam. It is a TVA controlled impoundment. The dam is managed for hydro-electric power, flood control and downstream barge traffic. With that in mind the angler on the Clinch River must be ready for anything. TVA does post their “predicted” flows on their website www.tva.gov however this can change at a last minutes notice. When TVA turns on the turbines or releases water for generation it can rise rapidly and it is advised that anglers exit the water during the generation. In general there are no wade fishing opportunities once the generation has started.

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Clinch River Brown Trout

The Fish: Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout are the two most prevalent species in the tail-water section. Although the river does hold large Striped Bass and I have heard of an occasional walleye being caught by accident. TWRA does stock both rainbow and brown trout on a yearly basis however there are opinions that some wild reproduction does take place as well. You will typically catch a mixed bag of both freshly stocked fish and hold over fish that will put up a great fight.

The Gear: My friends and I will fish the Clinch with either a nymph/dry fly rod or a streamer fly rod. Here I will only get into the nymph/dry fly rod as talking about streamer fishing is much more advanced and would take much longer and I said I was going to simplify this. The most common fly rod to use will be an 8’6″ to 9′ 4weight or 5weight fly rod. I would always put on a fly reel with a smooth adjustable drag and load the reel with the appropriate weight forward fly line. The water is very clear and the fish are very wise so we always fish a long leader 9ft plus in 4X to 5X and then add fluorocarbon tippet in 5X and 6X to our flies. If I use a strike indicator I will keep it as small as possible so as to not spook the fish. You will also want waders and good wading boots because the water is frigid year round.

leadertippetThe Fishing: When we fish for the day I will typically first check the generation schedule to ensure that we will have some wade fishing opportunities.  You can get an idea of what TVA has been doing over the course of the last couple days by keeping an eye on the generation schedule.  Also note that during May thru October TVA has an advised recreation schedule posted on the generation page, which will give you an idea on the weekend predicted flows.  We will typically rig our rods with one small indicator and down to 6X fluorocarbon tippet for the early morning midge bite, then as the day progresses we will switch over to the Pheasant Tail nymphs.  If we are lucky enough to be there during a Sulphur hatch we may fish a dry fly with a Pheasant Tail dropper.  When you are fishing try to be stealthy and focus on the moving water and seams around drop offs, ledges or any other underwater structure.  The fish will use this as a current break when they are feeding.  Focus on getting a drag free drift and explore different areas and sections of the river.

Rainbow Trout on Clinch RiverThe Regulations: The Clinch River is managed by TWRA as a Special Trout Regulation Zone.  From Norris Dam downstream to Hwy 61 bridge, including tributaries; All trout 14 to 20 inches must be released unharmed.  You are allowed to keep up to 7 fish, however only 1 fish can be over 20 inches in length.  This regulation helps to maintain a healthy catchable size fish.

Stream Etiquette: Many different types of people recreate on the Clinch River.  You will find both fly fishermen and spin fishermen.  There are fly fishing guides that float the river as well as recreational paddlers and kayakers.  Some folks will fish upstream while others will fish downstream.  The point is that everyone is out to enjoy the river and common courtesy should be practiced at all times.  There is ample amount of river and fish for everyone, so spread out find your own area to fish and have a good time.  Be sure to offer up a warm smile and wave for everyone that is out and enjoying the water.  Be safe and have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jamie Rouse Fly Fishing Adventures Video

Here is a cool vid from Jamie Rouse Fly Fishing Adventures. Be sure to check out the boat they are fishing from. More on that later as I put together a big article on choosing the right boat to fit your fishing.

These guys are located down in Arkansas on the Little Red, White and Norfork tailwaters. I cut my teeth fly fishing down there and I have been itching to get back this next year.

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Dreaming of Reds, Oysters and Backing

I’ve had this dream for a while of going down to the coast and kayak fishing for red fish.  Living for the week out of the jeep and eating oysters on the half shell by the bucket.  There may also be some corona or red stripe to wash everything down.  Shoes would not be  allowed only chaco’s or flip flops, but bare-feet preferred.  One day this dream will come true, I have faith.  Heck, I’ve already got the rods and reels, just need to get the kayak, lines and flies.  No big deal, yeah right.  Maybe we could bum the kayaks.  I promise you’ll get them back the same as we left.  Check out this vidfrom Shallow Water Expeditions, it’s cool.  I took a trip with these guys this past summer and had a blast. Enjoy and if anyone has any other cool vids or pics send them this way.

January 4th WESTBAY from SHALLOW WATER EXPEDITIONS on Vimeo.

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