Mark caught this nice bow during caddis on a two boat trip with Jake and Mark on the Holston... the river is on fire right now.
Mark has begun to put in a little time on the Toccoa and here is some of what it has produced. The water is a great level and a good temperature. The color is an opaque emerald, not quite clear. Best fishing has been sub-surface which has a produced a few real bruisers. Not a numbers game, but a chance at some really nice fish.
Here is Tony, our first 20 inch club member for 2011 with a 23-inch rainbow. Good job.
Auburn grads, Chance Johnson and Jeremy Pipkin fishing the Hi with Petey; catching some bows - the largest being 15".
We have experienced a glorious April on the Hiwassee with lots of rainbows like this one and bugs like we have never seen. Plenty of mayflies and an occasional caddis blizzard. May promises to be more great fishing as different flow levels open up more segments of the river to fishing.
We have a great spring situation occurring on the river now. TVA is doing some work to the penstock in Apalachia Lake so we are getting a constant flow from the dam which is the equivalence of between one and two turbines. This should persist through April and is a perfect flow to fish the upper river from the powerhouse to Reliance and the middle section. We very rarely have these flows. I believe it has been about eight years since the last opportunity. What this means is we get to fish the upper and middle sections from the drift boats and that is where the best mayfly action occurs. We should have Hendricksons with caddis mixed in turning to Sulphurs late April into May.
Our Patagonia trip this past February was fantastic as always. The fishing is always epic, but what makes it so special are the people and the place. We have a great group go every year and this year's group from across the country was no exception. Our Chilean hosts and local guides are some of the most hospitable on earth and the country is mysteriously enchanting with another stream or river around every corner.
Chile is home to some of the world's best and least explored trout fishing. So, we continue to fish new water every year. Plans are already underway for our 2012 trip which is also the big hatch year for the Cantaria beetle; a fierce looking but harmless insect, up to 4.5 inches in length and a favorite meal for the rainbows and browns. Join us for the fun.