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Redfish on the Fly Finally!

Let me rewind a few years.  I was in love with the woman of my life.  I had just bought a ring and we were on our way to Charleston, SC.  I told her I was bringing a fly rod and had all the intention of the world to try to red fishing.  I had every intention of doing so, but however other things were of more importance.  My stomach was in a knots the entire trip down as I had no idea of how to pop the question and fishing was the last thing on my mind.  Long story short, I proposed to my wife during that trip and we are still happily married!

So, present day we plan a wedding anniversary trip back to Charleston for a few days.  I had been saving for a new gun, but decided that I really want to try the Redfish thing again, so there went the gun fund.  A couple of phone calls and I got in contact with Captain David Camp of www.fishshallow.com, who had come very highly recommended by a co-worker and friend TJ Roy, manager of the Charlotte Orvis store.

So on the trip down I was all excited about the fishing trip that I had planned.  When I was talking about it with my wife, she asked “What day are you fishing again?”  “On Tuesday”, I replied.  “You mean on our actual anniversary day!”, she exclaimed.  Yes, like an idiot I had planned the fishing trip on our actual anniversary day!  Oh, no!  However, I have one of the most understanding wives around and she said it was no problem and not to worry about changing the trip around.  I got very lucky when I hooked her.

The fishing trip was planned towards the end of the trip and leading up to it the weather had been amazing.  However, a bad cold front moved in and it became very windy and cold.  I was afraid that my Redfish trip would have to be cancelled due to weather.  The day before meeting David, we spoke on the phone.  I promptly asked, “So you’re going to turn the wind off right?”  which was followed by a large amount of laughter.  David assured me that he had some places that we could get out of the wind  and we were still going fishing.

Finally, the fishing trip was here and I met up with David around noon.  The plan was to catch an outgoing tide in the afternoon.  We started by running up into some creek areas first.  It wasn’t long until I was hooked up with the first Redfish of my life!  All I can say is wow!  I’ve caught a ton of different species of freshwater fish and even many in that 9 to 10 pound range, but none of them compare to the pull and fight of a Redfish.  They are relentless!  Just, when you think you have them whopped, they take another hard run and bust your knuckles!  I had an 8 weight Helios completely doubled over!  It was amazing.

I have been fly fishing since I was 15 and have had the opportunity to fly fish for many freshwater species from panfish to steelhead all over the United States.  However, saltwater fly fishing is completely new to me, I may have a new bug!  I’m ready to go back to the marsh and I’ve just returned.

Also, I have to give Captain David Camp a shout out for working his tail off!  I’m sure polling a boat in 30 mph gusts is not easy!  If you are in the area give him a shout (843) 532-7595 or check out is website at www.fishshallow.com. I promise you will have a great time.

 

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Who needs to go out west when you have the South Holston

Really, I get the same comments all of the time. Those comments are; “Where do you fly fish around here?”, “I can’t wait to go out west.” and “It’s just different out west”. Most of the time these folks have never fished the South Holston or Watauga tailwaters, or if they have, they have not ventured far from the popular areas such as the weir dam where the crowds are.

We are very fortunate in Tennessee to have some true gems such as the South Holston and Watauga tailwaters. You can get a true western fly fishing experinence right here in the east. Especially if your willing to take off during the week and either do some hiking, floating or hire one of our local guides, you can really get away from everything. The day we took these pictures we saw only one other boat and two wade fisherman all day. Pretty awesome if you ask me, oh and we caught a bunch of fish too.

We also got an odd surprise by the last picture. I think it is a Lake Trout, but not quite sure. I guess it may have come up from Boone Lake or gotten stocked by accident by TWRA.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to take a second and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone the best and many tightlines for the holiday season!

Also, Orvis has decided to do another killer deal for the Holidays.  If you have been thinking of buying a new rod this is a great deal!

Give me a call at the store this weekend and I’ll make sure to set one aside for you or ship it for free!

Kris Maurer, 865-774-4162

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Clinch River June

I’ve fished the Clinch six times in the last month and it has been fishing great! We’ve managed to catch good numbers and land a few respectable fish each trip. The menu has been made up of sulphur dries, split back sulphurs, pheasant tails and sow bugs in sizes 14 to 18. Most days We’ve kept the same size 16 split back sulphur on till it is literally shredded. Dry/dropper rigs or two nymph rigs with yarn indicators have been the name of the game. Once the sulphurs are done I’m sure it will switch over to more midges and standard tailwater fare.

Doug and I have floated Peach Orchard to the 61 bridge twice recently and fishing was spectacular. There is some really great water throughout that float. We landed fifty or more fish on each float. Both times we only made it about three fourths of the way before the water came up and pushed us out. There were only a couple places that get a little tight in a drift boat, but nothing unbearable and we had to get out once because we took a wrong turn around a shoal. I’m really looking forward to seeing the entire stretch on low water and really learning this river.

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