Smallmouth fishing with the one who started it all

One day last year, Byron and I were smallie fishing and Lefty’s name came up some how and Byron told me that Lefty loved to smallmouth fish. I thought, how cool would it be to take him floating for a day and get to see how it’s really done. Well, after talking some more with Byron and some of the folks on the Troutfest committee we came up with a great idea for the auction on Friday night. Since we were going to auction a float trip off anyway why not add Lefty into the mix.

Who wouldn’t want to fish with Lefty, he’s such a cool guy and we could learn more from him in one day than in a lifetime on our own. Well, Rufus and I sent out a few emails and Lefty was down for it. He said he would love to do it. That’s the type of guy that he really is. So Monday, May 21st, the day after Troutfest, we will be taking Lefty Kreh and the highest bidder fly fishing for smallies. What an awesome experience to float on our local waters for the hardest fighting fish on the planet with the man who basically made fly fishing popular and to this day, is still the biggest name in the  industry.

We will spend the day floating in a Hyde drift boat and all the gear, lunches and drinks will be included. The only thing you’ll have to bring is your since of humor. It will be a great day on the water and one we won’t ever forget. Thanks Lefty for donating your time and skills to Troutfest.

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Keeping the boat wet

The Dossers and I made it out to the Holston today for a float. The sun was shining and the fish were biting, what more could you ask for. The weather channel was calling for rain but we only saw a few sprinkles. There were a lot of fisherman out today, mostly wade fisherman and the fish were very active and didn’t get put down due to the pressure. That’s an indication of how awesome the fishing is on the Holston right now, not to mention all over East Tennessee. Here is a photo of a nice rainbow that Bob Dosser caught. Gail Dosser caught several fish about the same size and missed a good smallmouth.

The fish were not hesitant to eat the fly today, but were hesitant to get stuck, which means they were quick strikes, plus we had a bunch of L.D.R’s. The funny thing is that we still boated quite a few fish nonetheless. It is silly right now in our area, but it is just a normal Spring for us, it gets crazy. The caddis did let up a little around 12:30 so we stopped for a bite to eat and had to get a shot of our view.

On the way to the take out we were pleasantly surprised by this small doe wandering the bank. It was a beautiful day and we can only thank the Lord for it. Don’t forget about troutfest tomorrow and Sunday, and if you want to talk about fishing I think we can help you out.

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Holston fishing on fire

We have been fishing all over lately from the park to the Tailwaters and even the lakes. So far we haven’t found bad fishing anywhere. The Holston River has been on fire with this crazy caddis hatch. We have been catching a lot of fish and some really nice ones. Today (Muffie) and I floated the holston and did really well. This was her first time fly fishing for trout and she did good to say the least. These fish are so active, they are slamming caddis on the top and eating anything under the service. These are some nice fish that were caught today.

With all of the water that has gone through this river it has made the fish super strong and they put up a great fight. Mix that with an average of 12 to 14 inch fish and you can have a pretty fun day. We hooked up with some very nice fish, but then had some L.D.R’s (long distance releases). That is what makes it fun though. Call us today for a float trip on the Holston to get in on some of this action. The National Park and the smallmouth are also fishing good. Don’t forget about troutfest this weekend in Townsend, TN. We will have a booth set up and we hope to see you there.

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