Monday, February 17, 2014

Hiwassee Feb. 2014

I met up with Streamer Rob and Goto for a float down the Hiwassee in Reliance. Originally, we were counting on two generators, but TVA decided to pulse this weekend. We decided to give it a go regardless.  It worked out pretty well.  We put in at the launch at the 10 a.m. pulse and made our way slowly down stream.  The fishing was slow for the 3-4 hours.  The 2nd pulse came on around 2 p.m. and we decided to take a break and eat lunch.  We then drifted our way down a little further and found a nice set of runs.  The highlight of the trip was at the end, when a nice hatch came off, and we started getting into fish on dry flies, nymphs, and streamers.  I hooked a large bow that spit the hook about 5 seconds into the fight - I saw the fish, probably 18-20 inches.  I managed a nice 15 inch bow to hand, but the one that got away was painful. We didn't catch a ton of fish, but it was a really good day to be on the water. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

No Fire on Fires Creek

 I met up with Doc in Ducktown.  We had decided to spend a few hours fishing Fires Creek.  The weather was great, but the fishing was rough.  I guess when the creek is full of ice that should be a good sign that the fish probably won't be moving too much.  A good trip nonetheless.  Surprisingly, there was a small hatch of blue wings, and I found a stonefly walking on the ice (see pic below).

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Toccoa DH

I fished the DH Saturday morning for about three hours. Flow was a little heavy, but not too bad. I started out a few hundred feet below the station, and worked my way down stream about a 1/2 mile. I picked up a nice brookie right at the beginning, about 14 inches. Wading down stream, I caught another 7 or 8 rainbows. I hiked back upstream and fished just below the launch. I got into a bunch of bows, catching another 10 plus fish in the final hour. I used my 6 weight and a very large streamer on 2x mono for almost the entire day - it was working, so I didn't change. It was a perfect day for me: moderate temps, light rain, slight stain on the water, and I didn't see another person fishing until I went to the launch.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Upper Toccoa

It was cold, wet, and miserable.... a perfect day for fishing!  The flow was about double the safe wading level, so I knew my options would be limited.   I started up at the canoe launch without much luck.  I walked down the road and found a rock to stand on and roll case and high stick a deep run.  I managed a nice bow using a large stone fly.  I then hiked downriver to a spot I knew I could wade a little bit.  No luck.  Then back up river stopping here and there, and catching a few bows along the way. The weather reminded me of a typical day in Ketchikan, Alaska, which didn't bother me a bit!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Creek Company: my experience

"The Creek Company manufactures Inflatable Pontoon Boats, Float Tubes, Stand Up Paddle Boards and Fly Fishing Accessories."  A little over a year ago I purchased a relatively inexpensive one man pontoon from The Creek Company.  I used it the next day without any problems.  Because the boats are a lot less expensive than most, I didn't really expect much from The Creek Company in terms of quality or customer service.  The boat stayed in my garage for a while, and saw very little use.  A few months ago, I decided to use it to float a 10 mile stretch of river.  I had an issue with the seat during the float.  I sent an email to The Creek Company and advised of the issue.  Much to my surprise, The Creek Company addressed the issue very quickly and to my satisfaction. 
I highly recommend The Creek Company.  You get an excellent watercraft for an extremely affordable price, and wonderful customer service. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Costa Sunglasses - My experience

My mom always told me, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."  I do my best to follow that rule, but I'm breaking the rule today.  I've owned 4 pairs of Costa sunglasses.  Costa is a company with a great reputation.  Their products are not cheap. When I fork over $150-200 for a pair of shades, I have high expectations.  As you can see from the following, I've had horrible luck with my Costa Sunglasses.