Took Coder on Cedar Run
Slate Run wild brown
Upper Pine Creek, Gaines:
Since we stay at the Rough Cut Lodge (www.roughcutlodge.com) for the first two weeks of June, much of our evening fishing and some mornings are done here. We missed the major hatches this year but still had success on smaller flies like BWOs, gray hackle flies and caddis.
Lower Pine Creek, Slate Run:
Ron Hill and I fished lower Pine at Slate Run with the purpose of catching 2 big Browns. Mission accomplished! We caught 2 16″ Browns on size #22 gray hackle flies. Both were “sippers”. It’s amazing how these nice fish will focus on small flies and casting anything bigger gets refused.
This tributary to Pine Creek is challenging but fun. Although we didn’t catch any lunkers, Ron hooked and lost a couple. We did catch some nice wild fish though- brookies and browns. We always look forward to this adventure.
Cedar Run is another tributary to Pine Creek. Ron Hill and I fished through a canyon that stretches 1.1 mile from a bridge on the lower end to a cabin on the upper end. This was a 6 hour fishing adventure in a serene setting with no access from the road between our parking spots. We caught lots of wild fish…mostly brookies and had a great time.
Ron Hill with big Brown on lower Pine
Tim Brookens 17″ rainbow on upper Pine
We fished the headwaters of the Allegheny River with limited success twice over the last week. No bugs , low water and even stained water on our first day were all a factor. On the second day we dealt with strong winds.
But, we still caught some fish and had some “firsts”. Lance Hill and his daughter Johnna joined Ron Hill (fishing buddy and brother-in-law) on the 2nd day with the goal of catching fish on a fly rod. Mission accomplished! Lance caught 3 trout on a parachute Adams and Johnna hooked a fish on a dry fly too.
The second first: Ron hooked a 12″ rainbow on a crackle back. Then, a 20″ rainbow started chasing the hooked fish, grabbed the middle of the fish in its mouth and started running upstream. Looked like it was going to be a double catch, but the hooked fish was released by the big boy. Rats! Sounds like a fish story but I have a voucher.
Lance Hill casting on the Allegheny
Lance and Johnna with a nice catch
Ron Hill’s attacked rainbow
The Heritage section of the Falling Spring is all catch and release with wild trout , mostly rainbows.
My son Craig and I decided to check out Edwards Avenue to see if sulphurs were hatching. Arrived around 8:00 pm and did see a few in the air with a couple rises.
In a 30 minute time span, Craig caught 4 rainbows and 3 browns on a size #18 sulphur. His 1st catch was a 14 inch rainbow. I was excited to be an observer on the bank as this was the most successful evening I’ve witnessed on this section of the “Spring”. Way to go Craig!
Falling Spring Creek
Falling Spring rainbow
March, as usual has been slow for us dry fly fisherman. Have seen some stoneflies, and a few BWOs on various streams but not enough to get the fish rising consistently. March 31st on the Yellow Breeches was different.
Checked the TCO fly shop web site (www.tcoflyfishing.com) for stream conditions. They’ve recently added the Yellow Breeches and Big Spring to their web site since opening their shop in Boiling Springs. The site revealed that the grannoms were hatching and fish should be starting to eat them.
Well, sure enough they were! Managed to fool 8 of them but most of the time I got false rises or the fish simply ignored my imitation. Mine doesn’t dance and flutter like the real McCoy. The hatch lasted until a little past noon and was over just in time for the wind to get out of control anyway. A fun day to kick off dry fly season for 2016.
The Yellow Breeches
Yellow Breeches Rainbow
Yellow Breeches Rainbow
South Mountain Buck
It’s mid December – Deer hunting season and with temperatures unseasonably warm, I decided to go fishing. And…..I was lucky enough to shoot a nice 7 point buck so my deer season is over.
The Yellow Breeches, above Allenberry was in good shape, no wind and no one fishing. There were a few subtle rises so the trout were midging. I used a #26 gray hackle midge and managed to catch 2 pretty rainbows, and lost and missed 2 more.
With water temperatures at 50 degrees my feet could only bear around 2 hours of fishing, but it was worth the trip. It’s now time to put my beagles to work for 2nd season rabbit hunting. Who knows, if the weather warms up again, I might hit the Breeches again this year.
Ted Banakis’ big Brown
Took Coder, Austin Amos,Randy Breaux,Ted Banakis,Richard Burmester, Jim Williams
Randy Breaux’s Rainbow
We returned to the South Holston to experience another good time of fishing and camaraderie. Ted Banakis coordinated this event which included Jim Williams, Randy Breaux, Austin Amos, Richard Burmester and myself.
We had low water on the South Holston in the am. Water was released from the dam at 10:00 am so we had high water fishing in the afternoon and a sulphur hatch. Ted won the big fish contest by landing a 16″ brown. He edged Randy’s 15″ rainbow, our previous champion. Both were caught on the Watauga.
Everyone caught fish and some on a fly rod for the first time. We had great food an accommodations with the South Holston River Lodge (www.southholstonriverlodge.com), great guide service. Thanks to Ted for coordinating this outing and making it a great experience for everyone.
Savage River Brown
Tim Brookens fishing the Crabtree
Crabtree Creek Brookie
Tim Brookens and I made out third trip to the “Savage”. Unfortunately, consistent heavy rains meant water release from the Savage reservoir at the timing of our arrival.
We fished the quietest spot we could find the 1st afternoon and managed to land a couple browns and lose a couple on a caddis and blue quill while fishing in the pouring rain. We also fished a short section near the phd bridge on the second day and landed one nice brown.
After releasing even more water from the dam, the Savage became dangerous to wade. That was the bad news. The good news was we were forced to explore the feeder streams….mainly Middle Fork and the Crabtree. The Crabtree was our favorite as we caught 20 wild brookies the last morning.
All in all it was a great outing. We had the campground beside the Savage River all to ourselves….had meals with the roar of the Savage in the background and of course telling lies by the campfire till bedtime. We’ll be back!