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    Thumbs up Fishing Report/Update

    This is kind of a long post, but I saw somebody looking for more fishing reports, so here goes! Itís just a fishing report/tips from a non-pro local. I have fished quite a bit this year and have also started tying my own flies (finally). Iíve been alternating between my homebuilt 9í 2wt and my 12í ultralight 5:5 tenkara rod lately. Iíve been to the west prong of the Little Pigeon a lot (everywhere between the welcome center to the chimneys trail head), Tremont, Lynn Camp, Ramsey Prong, also been going to Porters Creek lately. I have been using nothing but the barbless nymphs I tied, the rod I built, and the birch branch net I made, and have been doing pretty well! Iíve decided this whole year Iím just going to stick with that and my tenkara rod and see how it goes. I really love taking just a few flies and making it work. I am going to need to tie some dries though, because I still love dry fly fishing this time of year!

    Photo I took of my buddy learning how to fly fish at Porters Creek:



    My setups:

    9í 2wt 2-pc I built with a Redington Zero 2/3 reel and a 3wt WF line. I use it for smallmouth too, but for my trout setup I usually use 6ft of 6lb moss green mono (or 4lb magnathin) then about 3ft of 6X or 7X tippet. That makes the leader/tippet to the fly basically the length of the rod. I'll cut the 6' section down a foot sometimes or even more if I'm somewhere relatively tight like Road Prong or West Prong of Little River.

    I have a 7'3" TFO Finesse 2wt, I do the same thing to match the rod length or less. I'll use it for #14 neversink caddis, but Iím trying not to use it this year.

    My 12' ultralight 5:5 tenkara rod has been getting used a lot lately. Itís insanely light and flexy, it weighs 1.4oz TOTAL and itís 12ft long. So, I can use 7-8' of #3.5 (10lb test) orange flourocarbon, then 3-4' of 7X. I use it for #16-14 unweighted nymphs or tiny dries. I can reach out 20ft with that super light line and be extra stealthy. You land fly-first and only the tippet ever touches the water, itís great for the park! You can get a clean drift on a dry across currents and in tiny pockets. It also makes landing fish super fast and a 8Ē fish feels like a rod-snapping monster.

    The flies:

    I decided I wanted to finally tie my own flies because I canít really find any super durable, fast-sinking, small, barbless flies that are exactly what I want. So, I bought the bare minimum gear to tie 50 flies that are more or less the same just to see if I could do it. Below are my first attempts. I wanted some weighted, but small nymphs that will last for a long time and work for most of the year. But, mainly something that wasnít complicated to tie for my first time.



    Those are the first 2 I did. Here are some variations:




    This is what I was going for I guess:






    Some fish:




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    Nice report on some waters that side of the mountain, also like the flies. Thanks!
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    Sounds like you are having some fun and successful trips, especially with your own setups....that has to be rewarding. Great report and thanks for taking the time to share.

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    You have a gift for creating some attractive flies. I think some of those in your photos would work and catch fish anywhere trout are found in Tn. Beautifully done. Stick with it.

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    Great post and nice writeup! Thank you for sharing and helping others! Keep up the great work and creativity in your fly tying!

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    Nice Post! Thanks for sharing. Some great photos. I see you like the epoxy on your flies. I've been experimenting with 3 different formulas of UV resins. It cool what you can accomplish quickly and you get 100% solids for a tough finish. Keep the post coming
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    Excellent post...beautiful environment...beautiful fish...beautiful flies!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsaacMTSU View Post
    and the birch branch net I made,
    Great Report and Pics! I'd love to see a pic of your net to if you don't mind, I think that is awesome!

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    Thanks for the comments, everybody! I hope to keep tying and fish a bunch this year! I'll try to keep the posts coming!

    Quote Originally Posted by hungNtree View Post
    Great Report and Pics! I'd love to see a pic of your net to if you don't mind, I think that is awesome!

    hNt


    Here are some pics of the net! I wanted a net that was wayyy lighter and smaller than anything I could find off the shelf.

    So, what I did was:


    • I snapped a forked branch off of a Birch tree outside my house and steamed it into shape. I got one that was long enough to be looped back around onto itself so it's a continuous loop.
    • I stripped all the bark off of it, then whittled down the spikes leftover from the smaller branches.
    • There's probably much better ways of doing this, but I just boiled a giant pot of water on the stove, kept it in the steam and dipped it into the water repeatedly until I could kind of bend it.
    • I kept dipping and holding it and pulling it into a loop until I got into the full loop.
    • Then, I lashed it all up with a string to force it into the shape I wanted. I kept steaming and wrapping it to constrict it to where I wanted.
    • Then, I just let it steam for a long time to king of make sure wasn't stressed out and going to crack on me.
    • When I figured it was steamed enough, I laid it over an air vent at my house and let it cool.


    This photo is of a smaller one I did first just to make sure I could do it:




    • Before I took the lashing off, I took some copper (brass?) jewelry wire and wrapped the loop up in a couple spots







    The net material is from an old Frabill net that I already had, I just slipped the "hem" part onto the loop before I jewelry wired it, cut it down a lot, and sewed it back into a smaller/oval shape.

    When I got done, I oiled it all up with some basic teak oil.

    It's perfect for the park and makes taking photos super easy! I have chopped some length off of the handle since I took these photos, just to make it no bigger than my palm/grip. I want to drill a hole in the end and attach it to a magnet clip eventually. I also want to get a really fine, black mesh material but no way I'm paying $43 for it https://www.tenkarausa.com/product_i...roducts_id/113





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    That is so cool! Thanks again for sharing, first the report and now the net! That net is awesome!

    hNt
    When I see a mountain stream, all my troubles and worries seem to flow downstream, leaving me peaceful and serene. I then immediately start fishing, upstream.

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