Appalachian Angler

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Appalachian Angler : Fishing Report 1/31/2011

Upper river morning brown
We'll start with an overview of the tailwaters.  As mentioned yesterday the Trophy Section is fishing very well, with lots of fish moving on nymphs with nice big snow-melt like flows.  Various baetis, specifically 18 mahogany duns, are showing themselves throughout the day on the nice weather days - it appears as if Wednesday and Sunday both look promising.

No crowds?
 A more recent report on the South Holston still shows it going strong with the blue wings 18-20 and scuds producing the bite, with the daily regiment of 20-22 midges.  As mentioned in earlier posts, it seems as if the biggest bio-mass is in the upper river with some fish still protecting their beds.  Remember that all of these browns are naturally occurring and the reason for that is those fish that are on those beds, so it is critical to treat them with respect.  We all want to catch the big ones, but harassing them until they eat is actually hurting your chances for the future!  That being said, the closed sections are opening up tomorrow and with the amount of blue wings that have been showing up it should prove worth it to get away!

Victim of the scud

AND as promised - a report on the Nolichucky!  We have confirmation that TWRA has stocked with some big bows as they do every year at this time.  We only were able to sneak in an afternoon float so not much time to really focus on all species - so no smallmouth action to report, unfortunately.. But, even with the limited amount of time we had we had a chance to crank on some broods!  We found them deep and podded up in the tailouts, with the Chucky flowing at 1000 cfs it was no surprise they were staying out of the currents and backing down in to easier flows.  They can be easily fished for with streamers in the slower flats, and are pretty easy victims to the properly twitched Rapala... There are rumors, as always, that they will be replenished with another stocking in February, so it could get even better!  We landed a total of 8 fish over 19 inches a piece with a lot of other bites thrown in....This is a beautiful float full of lots of potential before the natives take them all!
Nice grin
slow roller

what a way to start!
You may ask yourself why would one want to catch the fish at the top of the report when you can pull on those big 'bows?  There is a simple answer to that - as mentioned above, all of the browns on the South Holston are naturally occurring fish who have carved out an existence through the miracle of proper management and incredible habitat.  The rainbows pictured above, although incredible in their own right, are a once a year stocked event that should be taken advantage of while the opportunity exists!!

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