Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 01/01/2017

Happy New Years!!! Fishing is going to be tough for a few days. The cold snap has everything icing over except for the tailwaters. If you must fish, stay safe and be prepared for the possibility of getting wet. The streams of the Smokies are almost pointless to fish right now. That said, the forecast suggests there may be some opportunity to fish in the mountains and find a little success starting next Sunday. Temperatures above freezing are what we are looking for here. Not good odds, mind you, but certainly better than being in the deep freeze.

Tailwaters are a bit more reliable through the winter months. Streamer action should be anywhere from average to good depending on the day. On low water on rivers such as the Clinch, throw midges and you should find some fish. The Caney is still quite a ways away from seeing low water so it will be a streamer game almost exclusively.

Photo of the Month: Smoky Mountains Winter Brown Trout

Photo of the Month: Smoky Mountains Winter Brown Trout
©2017 Leah Shulley

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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