November / December Meeting

President’s Corner

Mike Bryant (mjbryant1954@hotmail.com)

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Craig, Montana – A small town that has a law office, one restaurant, one bar and three fly shops. A town that has more drift boats than citizens. But it all makes sense when you realize missouiCraig sits on the Missouri River, an incredible river full of trout and lots of big trout. Five of us made the journey to Montana for a couple days fishing on the Smith River followed by a week on the Missouri. We had a great time despite the lousy weather complete with cold wind and snow. But the fishing was great. Dave and I did a float trip with guide Ben Hardy from Holter Dam to Craig on the best weather day of the week. The fish were happy and eating. Scuds and sow bugs fooled more fish than we could count and we lost track of the number of double hook-ups we had. On the other days, we either waded or used personal pontoon boats. Midges, scuds and sowbugs were the ticket most of the time, though I did catch 18” brown on #12 Purple Haze parachute fly that I was using as an indicator. Go figure!! If you ever have the opportunity to fish the Missouri River, I highly recommend it.

Closer to home, low clear water along with sunny skies (or smoky skies) only heightened the need to be very stealthy in the Park. In the fall, I can’t resist trying to fool bigger rainbows feeding on midges. This is a time when these fishcaneyfork can be very selective. I usually pull my hair out when a good size rainbow still refuses my #26 midge pattern on a 12 foot, 7X leader. I love it. On the tailwater scene, Bill, David and I have been chasing large browns and rainbows on the Caney Fork. The Caney has fished very well this year.

Well, it’s that time of the year to elect the Little River Chapter Board of Directors at the December 1 meeting. After four years as Chapter president, I will be rotating out of the role. Ernie Frey has agreed to take on the President’s role next year. I will serve a past president, supporting Ernie and the BOD as needed. It’s been a great ride. I truly appreciate all of your support. We have a great chapter and I’m very proud of what you all have (and will) accomplish. Many Thanks!!

Remember that the combined November – December meeting will be held on the first Thursday in December (December 1). We will meet at Calhoun’s in Maryville (you do not need to buy dinner to attend). Social hour starts at 6:00pm, followed with a short meeting and presentation at 7:00pm. The program is a big one, 2014 Orvis Endorsed Guide of the Year Patrick Fulkrod, owner of the South Holston River Company.

Mike

October Meeting

P r e s i d e n t ’ s C o r n e r

Mike Bryant (mjbryant1954@hotmail.com)

Newsletter

(Mike Bryant, who’s column usually appears here, is on hiatus this month with trips to Europe and Montana)

But in the newsletter

TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM
By Joyce Frey
All of our schools have reported successful hatches and have released the fry into their tanks.

Big Sky Yields Big Fish
By Dave Ezell
So, Montana can be a little tricky weather-wise in October and it did nothing to spoil that reputation for a recent trip. During the second week of October, this group of five anglers saw snow, sustained 30-40 mile winds with gusts to 60 mph and then sunshine, calm and 60 degrees, all of which we fished in over 8 days –
six on the Missouri, near Craig, MT, and two on the Smith River, near… nowhere.

Smokemont Camping Trip
IT DID NOT RAIN!! For the first time in my association with
the camping trips, it did not rain.

Spooky Tie & Lie on Tap for October 31
The Casual Pint in Maryville is scheduled for 6-8 pm on the 31 of October. I understand that is Halloween but what better day to sit around and talk about how to fool fish with feathers and tinsel. Most of us will be

Good Fishing <((((<

Joe

It is Road Trip Time

40faea_9019d80425e04ec99ebd063031569e53mv2_d_2550_3300_s_4_2With a lot of events coming up this month it is time to start planing your road trips.

Starting on Saturday, October 8, 2016 • 9am – 5pm is the Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival in downtown Bryson City next to the Train Depot on Frye Street. Last year was a good event even with the rain, this year should be even better.  (Link)

Next on October, 15-16, 2016  8am – 6pm is the  Tenkara Jam.  For all you Tenkara fisherman or anyone wanting to get started, This  event will be held at Yellowhill Activity Center on the Qualla Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina.  (Link)

Finally on November 4-5, 9 am – 5 pm is the Smoky Mountains Hook & Hackle Fly Tyers Retreat. It will be held at the Birdtown Complex, 1212 Birdtown Rd. (US 19) between Bryson City and Cherokee. Our  Chapter’s President  Mike Bryant will be trying flies at this event. (Link)

Do not forget that Delayed Harvest season opens up in October  in Tennessee and  North Carolina.

Tennessee (Link)

North Carolina (Link)

Good Fishing <((((<

Joe

September Meeting

P r e s i d e n t ’ s C o r n e r

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Mike Bryant (mjbryant1954@hotmail.com)

I think I’ve fished our tailwaters more this summer than I have collectively over the past decade.  I’ve always wanted to fish tailwaters in the past, but for a variety of reasons it just didn’t happen all that often.  Last spring, Bill ad I hit the caddis hatch on the Holston.  This summer, I have fished the South Holston and the Caney Fork, mostly the Caney.  The Caney seems to be loaded with fish, and some big fish.  While I haven’t caught any of the huge fish yet, I’ve seen them.  I watched one very large brown open his mouth and eat my #22 midge pattern.  I waited a split second, lifted the rod tip to set the hook and immediately felt…. nothing.  Somehow that small hook didn’t find its mark.  I’m sure it wasn’t operator error!! But despite missing that large fish, it was a good day of fishing.  I learned a new stretch of the Caney and caught a bunch of browns, rainbows and even a brookie.  On another earlier trip to the Caney, John and I had to opportunity to wade fish in the middle section.  There was a nice long riffle.  A #16 soft hackle pattern was the ticket to fooling a lot of 12”-14” rainbows that fought hard.  Upstream of the riffle, a small pod of 14”-16” fish were schooled up in a small slick less than a foot deep actively feeding.  I switched a small #18 pheasant tail.  After catching and releasing 4-5 fish, the pod of fish decided they weren’t hungry anymore.  All in all, a good day of fishing.

I’m currently gearing up for a trip out west to fish the Smith and Missouri Rivers.  Fishing out west is always a fun experience.  The scenery is so different and beautiful.  The possibility of big trout and fishing with friends is always one of life’s good moments.

Last month, we awarded the 2015 Eddy George Award to Steve Van Vleet for his outstanding volunteer contributions.  With the award comes a custom made fly rod to be built by Steve Moore.  Congratulations and thank you to Steve for all his efforts to help the Park.

Also, many thanks to Charity Rutter for a great program last month on fishing and enjoying the great outdoors in Yellowstone and the Rockies.

I am hoping for cooler temperatures and some rain so you’ll have the opportunity to get back into the Park this fall.  Be safe.

Mike