View Full Version : Warmwater report

07-21-2007, 10:03 PM
Went on the LRTU acid depo sampling to abrams this morning and finished up about 1:30. After a lite lunch , I decided after seeing the massive yellow tuber hatch at the "Y", I would head downriver and try out some new spots for smallies and gills. The water is definitely up higher than last week and the water is a little off color. I changed flies and tactics alot for the first 3 hours and had only caught 1 fish. I switched over to one of my foam poppers in green and finally started hooking up. Ended up with 10 smallies on the popper and several nice bluegills. Most were small but all were great fighters. It was a beautiful day to be on the water.

10" Redeye!

Good eating!

Average LR smallie

Nice chunk

07-21-2007, 11:34 PM
Nice fish. I am really jealous at all the fishing that you have been doing. I have been working so hard lately that I havent had time to do anything. But the one nice thing is that with all the money that Ive earned I have been stocking up on camping equipment for trips this fall. I got a new 2wt, tent, stove, filter, and backpack so I am planning on a camping trip next weekend somewhere very far away from anybody. I dont have to work tomorrow so I think I will take a short day hike somewhere and practice my mountain skills. Good pics again.

07-22-2007, 02:02 PM
Got to fish while the fishins good, never know what the next day will bring. Remember how we were all down with the "cabin fever" last winter?

07-23-2007, 01:09 PM
Actually, I can't wait for it to start getting cold again. This heat has been driving me nuts.

07-23-2007, 02:16 PM
Kris, Need to beat the heat? You can either join the yellow tuber hatch navy at the "Y", or do as I did this past Sat. I was wading and not really watching where I stepped when my sandal's toe-dragged a rock and I took a header face first in about waist deep water. Cools you off quickly!
Lets hear some reports and picts from the S. Holston.

07-23-2007, 03:15 PM
Yeah we fished the Watagua on Sat. We got there late, put in at 1pm and floated till 7pm from River Ridge to Persinger Bridge. Early off we hit a decent caddis in hatch in of course the caddis riffles. Picked up some nice bows. I missed about 20 fish. I think my timing is off from yellowstone or something, cause I was having a rough time of it. Will be working on a Yellowstone slide show this week, I'll have it available on you tube, should be good. Friday I did go rafting, but on the Occoee, it was awesome, I'm looking into white water kayak lessons, maybe a good excuse to be out when the rivers are blown out!

07-23-2007, 03:20 PM
That bream is beautiful. Always loved those dark purplish ones, well fed too. Is this the camera that got the dunking?
Nice pics.

07-23-2007, 05:34 PM
Kris, Need to beat the heat? You can either join the yellow tuber hatch navy at the "Y", or do as I did this past Sat. I was wading and not really watching where I stepped when my sandal's toe-dragged a rock and I took a header face first in about waist deep water. Cools you off quickly!
Lets hear some reports and picts from the S. Holston.

Hehehehe yeah the yellow tuber hatch..... hehe and there was a fairly decent blue tuber hatch also Sunday about 11:49am EST Hehehehe I love it! Oh yeah nice fish Troutman!

07-24-2007, 09:42 AM
John, that is the same camera that was dunked earlier this summer. It spent 3 days in a ziplock bag with dry rice. I left it in the truck during the day to make sure it was warm. The moisture was pulled out and its working but the flash does not work and it always takes 3 pictures everytime you shoot. The aperture will get stuck closed sometimes when you turn it on, which is pretty annoying when you've got a fish in the net! I'll keep using it till it completely dies I guess.
Ahh yes, the blue tubers. My personal favorite is the lime green tube that seems to be stuck around the waist of someone that really should not be wearing a 2 piece bikini!

07-30-2007, 10:40 AM
This past weekend I was camping down on Watts Bar lake and spent about 3 hours on Saturday throwing flies to bluegills from the kayak. I caught about 20 small gills and 1 very small largemouth about 2" long. The biggest fish of the day was this channel cat caught on a brown bugger hopping it across a mudflat. It measured 18" and no I didn't fry it up!
I saw a few Hex mayflies but most of the gills were caught on green weenie jigs.


07-31-2007, 01:03 PM

I noticed in your picture that you are using an inflatable kayak. In your opinion, how does the boat perform on flat water? Is it rigid enough to track pretty well? Finally, are you ever afraid of piercing the hull with any of your bigger flies (like a Clouser), or does it seem pretty tough? I'm thinking of getting a boat pretty soon and the inflatables are interesting.

Nice cat btw, I have caught a couple on accident on a minnow fly, always a welcome treat.

08-05-2007, 10:39 PM
Met up with Leinart this afternoon to do a little warmwater fishing with one of my fellow LRTU chapter menbers. I also wanted to try out a new custom 3wt. fiberglass rod I picked up this week. We wanted to go brookie fishing yesterday morning, but decided to take our boats and try for some smallies today instead. Had a great time showing Dan some of the areas I like to fish and we ended up with several smallies and lots of gills to hand. This was the first fish caught on this rod and was 14" of pure muscle that almost bent the 3wt double!



08-06-2007, 08:31 AM
Awesome! I didn't get to do much FF last week. Did try the Catfish Friday with my wife on Buggs Island but didn't do much. I'm gonna try to get a little in this week but we're headed your way on Friday. We're going to stay in Maryville with my cousin through Sunday then go back toward G-Burg for the rest of the week till the following Thursday. I hope to fish some of the beautiful water out there at least a couple of days next week. Take care.

08-06-2007, 09:56 AM
Bran, send me an email and I'll try to give you some ideas on accessable areas while your here. I'll be camping this weekend but may be available to fish an evening next week if you want company.

CinciVol, sorry just now answering your questions about the kayak. My yak is designed for white water rafting so it does not track well on flat water. It does not have a skeg to keep it straight so you get the fishtale action. This also means it is slow compared to a canoe or standard SOT rotomolded kayaks. The up side is that it is light and compact and can be stored in a small space and will turn on a dime in moving water. It takes about 10 min. to inflate(hand pump) and snap in the seats and add all my gear. It is extremely stable and I can backpaddle to hold a position in current much like a drift boat. Its very puncture resistant like a ww raft and normally just bounces off rocks with no effect. this boat with hold two people and light gear. there are some other good inflatable kayaks and canoes on the market by Star infl. and Soar. Aire also has a nice infl. canoe (traveler) that is bigger and you can put a rowing frame on it if you want to fish tailwaters with generation. send me an email if you want more info.

08-09-2007, 10:30 PM
That is a pretty rod. Is that a Lamiglass blank?

08-10-2007, 11:00 AM
John, Yes that is a 7ft 3wt Lamiglass built on a honey colored blank. Cigar grip and downlocking seat. I bought it for less than $100 from the builder. It is going to be primarily for small stream dry fly fishing, but I couldn't wait to cast it to the smallies and gills! It throws small #8 and#10 poppers with ease. Leinart said the rod looked like a big "C" when this smallie was on the line. Can't wait till we get some rain and can head up to Greenbrier for some brookie action on it.