Alex drooled just a bit over the Nitro Z19 with a Mercury ProX stuck to the back.
The Camp Director warned us about Black Bears! We’re a little on edge!
We checked in that evening with the Campsite and the director warned us about the bears that are near the creeks, where our camp site was, but not to worry the dogs would start barking before they got too close. Still, didn’t make us feel any better and we slept with one eye open!
Our first drift boat trip ever. I’m Stoked!
We met up with Brady, hopped in his Tocoma hitched to a drift boat, and got right to fly fishing. He dropped us in the river and off we went for the morning. It was slow fishing to start. I only caught one Brown Trout and missed a nice sized Rainbow. So instead we pulled over, licked our pride, and ate our lunch that Brady brought for us – Thanks again Brady, your roast beef sandwiches are on point.
10,000 fish per square mile
We decided to trailer the drift boat back up to the put in and re-drift the same stretch. I was puzzled by Brady’s choice to float the same unproductive water we had just fished. I guess that’s why we had Brady who said it’s not that the fish aren’t there. He said there are 10,000 fish per square mile, it’s just that they weren’t turning up yet.
He said the water would be warmer now and the fishing will improve. Boy, was he correct.
We had the good fortune to experience a Sulphur hatch. Brady said we need to make a switch to this. He handed me a size 18 Sulphur dry fly and a Orvis Helio’s 3 wt. Whoa! Game on, now. The hatch only lasted 30 minutes, but it was epic to fish dry flys and watch these native brown trout pick them off the surface. I will never forget that sight.
“…it was epic to fish dry flys and watch these native brown trout pick them off the surface. I will never forget that sight. “
Off to Georgia for the next leg of the Tour
We woke up early to hit the road to Decatur, GA. We stopped at many over looks along the way that were simply breath taking! Pictures don’t do it any justice.
Our next trip will be on Lake Lanier for Stripers. This lake is known for the Striper population so we’re pretty stoked to be adding another species to our list. Stay tuned and make sure you are checking out the trip replays from the South Holston on ANGLR. Lots of juicy fishing intel from that trip!