Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 11/7/2019

Fall fishing is in full swing. The Clinch River has been fishing great if you want to hit a tailwater. The Smokies are fishing well most days but that could change soon. Forecast low temperatures by the middle of next week are in the mid teens!

The Smokies are up and down based on rain and cold fronts. When its on this can be some of the best fishing of the year. Fish will feed heavily as we approach the lean cold months of winter. Orange Elk Hair Caddis are catching fish as well as Pheasant Tail nymphs, Prince Nymphs, and some other things like caddis pupa patterns. Don't forget to have your Blue-winged Olive patterns this time of year.

On tailwaters like the Clinch, brown trout and some fall spawn rainbows are doing their thing. This is a good time to review good ethics when it comes to spawning trout. Remember that these are the next generation of trout and the best thing you can do is to leave them alone. Avoid wading through spawning areas and don't fish for obvious spawners.

The Caney is still not fishing well. This should change soon as we generally start to see some opportunity for streamer fishing in December and continuing through the winter. Next spring should bring good fishing again.

Photo of the Month: Fiery Flanks and Fins

Photo of the Month: Fiery Flanks and Fins

Monday, May 05, 2014

Tying an Easy Yellow Sally

This is the first of what I hope will be quite a few video projects showing patterns that I tie.  Some are my own while most are existing patterns or my adaption of existing patterns.  For the first one I chose to demonstrate one of the easiest Yellow Sally patterns I know of.  This time of year sees the first hatches starting in the Smokies and as the summer goes on, this little insect will be important on many waters across the country.  Try it out, but even better, once you've tried it start experimenting.  There are some great variations that can be done with this simple pattern.


7 comments:

  1. Very nice, and great job!

    I'd love to see some pics of the flies these are meant to imitate. I don't know my insects very well...

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    1. Matthew, I'll see if I can dig some up and maybe add them to the post. Otherwise, try typing "Yellow Sally Stonefly" into Google and you will get some good shots of the naturals...

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  2. Nice tye David, can def. tell those will work in the mtns. Where did you get your polypro yarn?

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    1. I believe I bought it at Little River Outfitters but most fly shops carry it. You can normally find it in those cards in the same area as chenille, antron yarn, etc. It is great stuff. I use polypro yarn in white for parachute posts on dry flies and various colors for wings on spinner patterns...

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    2. Great, thanks David. I'll check at the local fly shop and LRO next wkend when I'm up that way if CT doesn't have it. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us.

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  3. David
    You made it look so easy; I think I might be able to tie this pattern even with the couple of fly tying lessons I have sit in on. Great Job!!!

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  4. Thanks Bill! Glad it was easy to follow. You should try this pattern if you have the stuff. You'll want it if you can make it to the Smokies sometime.

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