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FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 5/22/2017

Fishing is good to excellent across the area. The Caney Fork River continues to shine on both high and low water. In the Smokies, strong hatches have been keeping fish looking up.

Yesterday, Blue-winged Olives hatched for hours during the light rain and drizzle. Fish were looking up but also took nymphs well. Streamers were moving some quality fish as well. The summer hatches are well under way now. Expect Golden and Little Yellow stoneflies and Isonychia (Slate Drake) mayflies. Light Cahills and Sulfurs have been around as well.

The Caney Fork River continues to fish anywhere from good to great on high water streamer floats. Anyone who wants to target trout with streamers will find this to be exciting fishing. Low water is becoming more and more likely, and if that trend continues we will see some great low water floats. The fish are hungry and we are going into some of the best fishing months on this fine tailwater.

Cumberland Plateau smallmouth streams are rounding into fine shape now. Rain will bump flows up again, but in between the fish are hungry and willing to hammer a fly! Musky floats are about over for the year unless we get more rain.


Photo of the Month: Shad Eating Rainbow

Photo of the Month: Shad Eating Rainbow

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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