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Forum: Troutfest 04-13-2012, 09:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 954
Posted By ZachMatthews
Atlanta Fly Fishers

Hey guys -

I spoke to the Atlanta Fly Fishers this week about the Smokies and Troutfest, and the talk was very well received. I think several of those folks are interested in making the trip up. ...
Forum: Troutfest 05-16-2011, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 899
Posted By ZachMatthews
Thanks Guys

Hey guys -

I just wanted to say thanks to Byron and Paula particularly, but also to everyone involved with the Little River Chapter and Troutfest, for inviting me up to be a speaker. It's a real...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 05-12-2011, 03:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,177
Posted By ZachMatthews
That is a very wise observation you just made. ...

That is a very wise observation you just made.

Probably the number one mistake new casters make is flopping the rod too far over in the back cast, but as soon as we learn the basic stroke, just...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 03-25-2011, 10:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,469
Posted By ZachMatthews
Could you post a link to the finished one from...

Could you post a link to the finished one from earlier too? Great job!

Zach
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 02-06-2011, 10:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,841
Posted By ZachMatthews
One more thing re: stupid on bikes. Kinda...

One more thing re: stupid on bikes. Kinda unrelated. I was sitting at a traffic light on a very low hill near my house the other day. There was a lady in front of me, maybe 5'6" 150 lbs., on a...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 02-06-2011, 10:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,841
Posted By ZachMatthews
I helped with a trial in Forsyth County, Georgia,...

I helped with a trial in Forsyth County, Georgia, in 2006. A motorcycle cop *with his siren on* (allegedly) was not heard by a lady trying to make a left turn. He was (stupidly) driving up the...
Forum: Fly Fishing for Trout in Other States 12-13-2010, 10:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 695
Posted By ZachMatthews
If you're not looking to be guided and you all...

If you're not looking to be guided and you all want to eat and hang out together in an enclosed common area, Fisherman's Lodge has the best accommodations on the Bull Shoals tailwater.
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Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-05-2010, 09:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,407
Posted By ZachMatthews
I'm surprised, as every fish seemed to have scar...

I'm surprised, as every fish seemed to have scar tissue on the anal fin if not on the pectorals. I will need to re-examine some shots of fish I had assumed were stocked; evidently that white leading...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-04-2010, 11:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,707
Posted By ZachMatthews
Something is happening to our southern grouse...

Something is happening to our southern grouse populations.

I flush a few a year while fishing in the mountains, but I have never yet seen one in Georgia. I mean to hunt them at some point this...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-02-2010, 11:31 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,407
Posted By ZachMatthews
Look for pectoral and anal fin scarring from...

Look for pectoral and anal fin scarring from holding in concrete tanks.

The only fish that might be wild is #2, but I believe these were all stocked.

Zach
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-18-2010, 01:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,069
Posted By ZachMatthews
Jim - I was posting those more with an eye...

Jim -

I was posting those more with an eye toward the overlap between northern/southern strains than with respect to that West Virginia fish being wild or not. I agree with you on that,...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-18-2010, 10:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,069
Posted By ZachMatthews
Hey guys - Just for comparison's sake, it...

Hey guys -

Just for comparison's sake, it might be fun to look at the coloration of different brookies from around the country.
...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-18-2010, 10:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,069
Posted By ZachMatthews
Coloration is a pretty tough thing to judge any...

Coloration is a pretty tough thing to judge any fish by in any event.

Here's a large brookie which was unquestionably stocked, as my cousin caught it in the Norfork River in Arkansas:
...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-13-2010, 11:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By ZachMatthews
Big Chipmunk Year?

I noticed in Byron's fishing report that he's been seeing a lot of wildlife activity. So have I! Especially chipmunks: I've probably seen ten times the number of chipmunks this year that I usually...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-13-2010, 08:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,069
Posted By ZachMatthews
Owl - Sorry man, I won't name the stream. ...

Owl -

Sorry man, I won't name the stream.

Zach
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-12-2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,069
Posted By ZachMatthews
Nice! That's the kind of stuff I thought I might...

Nice! That's the kind of stuff I thought I might see if I posted this.

Zach
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-12-2010, 08:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,069
Posted By ZachMatthews
Hey guys - I didn't mean the 3,000 foot...

Hey guys -

I didn't mean the 3,000 foot figure literally necessarily; it's just a shorthand way of saying 'up high.'

I would agree that brook trout are expanding their range. When you consider...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-12-2010, 07:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,069
Posted By ZachMatthews
Jim - That's the problem today, of course. ...

Jim -

That's the problem today, of course. I have no doubt that in the 1890s the Townsend area supported brook trout you could count in the pounds--I've seen fish in Arkansas that were easily 14"...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-12-2010, 03:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,069
Posted By ZachMatthews
"Large" Brookies

A friend and I were fishing a stream in North Georgia recently, which my biologist buddies at UGA have informed me contains the largest brook trout in that state (at least as far as they can tell...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 09-23-2010, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,186
Posted By ZachMatthews
For what it's worth, the last time I ate a...

For what it's worth, the last time I ate a wild-caught trout, it came from the Clinch. It was a decent sized fish, maybe 17", so I killed only the one. When I opened it up, I found a bunch of...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 09-23-2010, 03:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,498
Posted By ZachMatthews
Hey guys - Speaking of Tim Doyle, I was told...

Hey guys -

Speaking of Tim Doyle, I was told at a fly fishing event down here that he has contracted some form of a lung disease from working in the rhododendrons. Is this in any way true? If so...
Forum: In The Backcountry 09-22-2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,009
Posted By ZachMatthews
There's no sense jumping anyone's case. The...

There's no sense jumping anyone's case. The reality is our state land-grant universities uniformly publish scientific studies on some of the most remote water in every state. I wrote the...
Forum: In The Backcountry 08-12-2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,874
Posted By ZachMatthews
I am not being tongue in cheek here; I am really...

I am not being tongue in cheek here; I am really serious. Was swimming not an option? I don't know the conditions you were facing, but for me the thing to do would have been to go upriver or...
Forum: Fisheries Management & Biology 06-11-2010, 08:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,508
Posted By ZachMatthews
Hey Jim, guys - If I recall correctly from...

Hey Jim, guys -

If I recall correctly from law school, search and seizure laws are pretty darn weak these days. You need probable cause to search under the Constitution but there are a whole lot...
Forum: Fisheries Management & Biology 06-10-2010, 04:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,508
Posted By ZachMatthews
Jim - With respect, or perhaps due to me...

Jim -

With respect, or perhaps due to me being unclear, I think you're missing my point.

I am aware that rainbows can spawn at much smaller sizes. My point was, if this was a typical stocker...
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