My tying activity has taken a decided turn in the busy direction. Last week I finished an order of Ultra Wire soft hackles for my blogging friend Bill over at the Fishing Through Life blog. By the end of the week I was starting to really crank out Parachute Adams for my upcoming trip to Tennessee. Yesterday I reached my goal and feel like I have enough now in sizes #12-#18. Of course, as a fisherman, I never feel truly ready so I may tie a few more for good measure.
Other flies that came out of the vise yesterday were my bead head Ice Dub caddis pupa, my variation on an RS2 that is killer in the Smokies in early spring, and some bead head Pheasant Tail nymphs. I even managed tie tie a couple little #24 Krystal Flash Midges that were the secret to my recent Pueblo tailwater success. There were probably some other patterns that I'm forgetting but progress is being made!!! Tonight, with any luck, I will tie up some more nymphs and perhaps a few streamers. The weather is looking marginal at best for my trip so I'll have to have heavy nymph and streamer patterns around in case the water levels are up too high. Slowly the box is filling up, and of course I already have more flies than I know what to do with. One way or another I'll get by and hopefully have a few flies left over to use on the trout out here in Colorado. Still, until I leave for Tennessee, I will tie on in all my spare time!
UPDATE: 5/24/2015 -- Streams in the Smokies are getting lower with the recent lack of rainfall. Dry/dropper rigs are accounting for a lot of fish, especially on the dropper. High gradient streams in the mid and higher elevations will fish better because of the broken water but water temperatures are still acceptable all the way to the Park boundary on Little River. We could use some rain so keep praying, doing rain dances, or whatever it is you do to get the water flowing.
The Caney Fork continues to fish well. Conditions vary from good to great with some days being easier than others. On days that start out slow, a pattern change or two will keep the rods bent. Contact me about a float trip if you want to get in on this great fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884. With the holiday weekend and summer coming up, expect the fishing pressure to steadily increase on this river so get out and enjoy it while you can.
Cumberland Plateau smallmouth fishing is definitely getting cranked up. Two weeks ago, I landed my new personal best smallie from a favorite local stream. This fishing will only improve. Isonychias are hatching on the smallie streams here on the Plateau and Golden Stoneflies should be just around the corner. Over the next few weeks, the streams will transition to great surface terrestrial and popper fishing.
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