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South Holston River - March 16th, 2010
supplied by: East Tennessee Angler RECORDED:49 °FISHING: Excellent
The fishing has been great here in upper east tn. The weather has been getting better and better. This past weekend was awesome and we netted several big fish! We lucked into getting the fight, catch and release of a huge bow on video. Please feel free to check out the video on our sight
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Holston River - February 21st, 2010
supplied by: East Tennessee Angler RECORDED:56 °FISHING: Excellent
What a weekend of fishing this has been. It just kept getting better as did the weather. We were blessed with mid 50 degree weather today & the fish seemed just fired up. We got on the river earlier today than yesterday which allowed us our choice of spots. We picked a spot down river that we don’t fish as regularly as we do some others. But it produced. Kevin and I split up at the truck I headed of down river with a dry dropper rig and Kevin moved upstream of the nymph rig. As I fished my way downstream through a long run it just wasn’t happening for me on the dry. So I swapped to a Dry Dropper/Dropper rig a little deeper and began catching fish at the bottom of the run. I was fishing a scud pattern and a blue wing nymph under my dry. I hooked into 10 fish downstream before swapping out to a deep nymph rig. I was fishing in a larger tailout at the bottom of a run, it got to be fairly deep in there and with slow moving current there was some subtle takes. As soon as I went deep on my nymph rigs. The fish really seemed to be liking the blue wing nymph so I knew the hatch would be on soon.
Meanwhile upstream I can hear Kevin about every minute on the radio. Fish On!… Dink…..Fish On!…Nice Rainbow ….. Fish on…. Nice Brown…. Fish on…. another nice rainbow. It went on at about that pace for every bit of 2 hours.
I started seeing some rises with blue wings on the water as the hatch was moving up river. Fish were rising with regularity so I switch out to a dry/dry rig. I’ll often fish 2 dry’s of different sizes to help me match the hatch a little quicker today it was a 22 bwo they wanted … the wouldn’t look at a 18 so I stuck with the smaller.
(Meanwhile upstream: Kevin is landing a nice 18 inch brown you’ll see on the video. What a pig.)
I caught 5 fish in a row on the dry one right after another … healthy 10 inch rainbows and browns. Release the fish.. Fanny the Dry….Cast… Set…Fight… Repeat. So I’m doing pretty well until a fella starts casting a spinner in my hip pocket. So back upstream I go. I set my camera down on a rock and take some video, the dry fly’s are continually moving up river. There has to be a fish rising here. I’m watching the far bank where I have seen and caught fish rising before. And sure enough like they were cued to do so a couple of nice rainbows start rising about 40 feet out across 2 current seams. I make half a dozen drifts through there and hook up on one of the rainbows feeding. (Meanwhile: Kevin has railed good fish all morning) so he’s ready for lunch feeling confident he sore lipped every fish in the river. We head to “THE STORE” for a good homemade burger and some tots, before setting up for an afternoon shoot. With an hour and a half left to fish when we got back down river, I decided to take one for the team to get some good video footage. We we’re able to pick up quite a few good fish through the afternoon further up river. All in all a very good day on the river. This river will spoil you one day and teach you something the very next. That’s what keeps us coming back each and every time.
After a short drive over to Elizabethton, we found a good spot to wade while the water was falling. There was some blue wings popping off, but the Midges and nymphs continued to be successful for us. A dry dropper dropper rig was the way to go today
We picked up a couple more fish through the afternoon, it was a pretty good day out on the water and you just can’t beat a sunny 50 degree day in the middle of February regardless of the fishing.
The caddis hatches will be starting very soon over on the Watauga. They can be blizzard hatches at times. Book your trip now for spring to make sure you can be there for it, you don’t want to miss it.
Tims Ford - February 25th, 2008
supplied by: Tennessee Bass Guides, Inc. RECORDED:50 °FISHING: Good Tennessee Bass Guides LLC Individual - Group - And Corporate Guided Tennessee Bass Fishing Trips
Welcome to Tennessee Bass Guides. My name is Rick McFerrin owner of TBG and a Full Time Guide on Tim’s Ford Lake–Normandy Lake and Woods Reservoirs here in middle Tennessee. I offer single and multiple day Tennessee bass fishing trips as well as larger groups and corporate events. GIFT CERTIFICATES are also available in all denominations for all occasions. I also can put you in touch with highly skilled guides on the majority of lakes, rivers and streams in Tennessee. Click on Guide Tab on the left side of this page to view. Of the lakes that I guide each has their own distinct personalities and fishing opportunities.
Is a deep clear lake fed by the Elk River. Tim's Ford Lake was impounded in 1970 and covers over 10,700 acres consisting of creeks, islands, boat docks, inlets and 241 miles of shoreline. Tim's Ford Lake is located between the cities of Tullahoma, Manchester and Winchester Tennessee and known for it’s blue ribbon Smallmouth population. Tim's Ford Lake is not only full of Smallmouth, but Largemouth, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, Hybrids, Walleye and Crappie as well. For Tims Ford Bass fishing trips I specialize in using light line and high quality tackle which I supply for your use. I also use a variety of techniques based on the season and fishing conditions. Cabins are available at the State Park, Tim’s Ford Marina and Holiday Marina and the surrounding cities have multiple motels that can fit into everyone’s budget. Woods Reservoir: Is a shallower lake also fed by the Elk River and impounded in 1952 Woods covers 3,980 acres and 65 miles of shoreline. Being a shallower lake Woods offers some distinct differences with weed and grass beds, submerged humps and other underwater structure. Woods also located in the Manchester, Tullahoma, Winchester area fishes more like a “River Lake” than a deeper impoundment. Known for it’s prolific Largemouth and huge Crappie population Woods also has a sizeable trophy Smallmouth population as well. Normandy Lake: Is fed by the Duck River and was impounded in 1976. Normandy when at full pool covers 3,048 acres and has 72 miles of shore line. Although relatively narrow, it fishes both like a deeper lake and a river as well. Normandy has a great population of Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass and Crappie. Although there are no cottages or cabins on the lake it is easy to find good accommodations in Manchester which is just minutes away. By clicking on the Tabs in the upper portion of the page you can access Weekly Tennessee Bass fishing Pictures And trip updates, Weekly Area Lake Fishing Reports. Multiple In Depth Tips Articles, In Depth Product Reviews, In Depth Guide Information and more. All trip prices are inclusive. All you have to bring is your Tennessee Fishing License, rain gear and appropriate clothing.
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Tim's Ford 2-25-2008
I met Mr. Bob Hinds and his son Cody at the state park ramp at 7:00am. Cody just turned 15 years old and this was a birthday present from his dad. Things couldn't have worked out better for Cody. It didn't take me long to find out that he knows his way around a boat and fishing equipment. Cody also isn't bashful about putting the big fish in the boat. Things started out quickly with a 4lb 14 ounce Smallmouth the slammed a Rapala DT10 Parrot crank bait off the 1st windy point that we stopped on. www.rapala.com Then later Cody hooked up with some bragging size Hybrids on a Lure Jensen Krocodile spoon www.lurejensen.com. The largest Hybrid was knocking on 8lbs and was the largest fish that Cody has ever caught. Way to go Cody!!!! All these fish were caught on light tackle All Pro APX 7' Medium rods www.allprorods.com and 6 or 8 pound test P-Line. www.pline.com Things will heat up quickly on Tim's as we enter into the spring season. I have scattered open dates available so just give me a call (615-765-7303) if you want to get in on some great Bass/Hybrid action. Rick McFerrin www.tennesseebassguides.com
Today I had the pleasure of fishing with Dave and Don Herber of Oregon. That’s right today! It was 24degrees when I put the boat in the water. As we launched on our journey the snow started to fly and continued most of the day. Other than a few short visits from the sun it was pretty chilly. Who says the fish don’t bite in that kind of weather. It started out a little slow, but got better. The first fish of the day was a drum. Then, the nice stripe in the picture. Throughout the day we caught white bass and largemouth. Jigs and crank baits fished slowly did the trick. Let me say that a good rod helps on a soft bite. I have been using the AllPro APX series rods www.allprorods.com for awhile now and they are amazing. You want sensitive, they got it. Light in the hand, that too. These rods are top notch. We had five keepers that weighed in the 10lb. range. Don’t let the snow and cold discourage your fishing fix. These are just some of the fish waiting to be caught on Old Hickory. Dave and Don, thanks for a great day on the water. Hope to see you again. Matt Crabill www.tennesseebassguides.com
Muskie Action, Collins RiverThis was an exciting week as I chased Muskies with Adam Glickman (Muskie Hunter Magazine) and his girlfriend Nicole, both from Northern Minnesota. Both took the long drive to the Volunteer State to chase some Tennessee tootie critters. The season up north closes the last of November and Adam needed to "scratch the itch" and escape frigid temps. We fished the 21st, 22nd, and the 23rd and let me tell you that it was Cold! Water temps never reached above 38 degrees, but the Muskies didn't seem to mind as Adam caught and released a total of 13 solid fish. The largest were two that went 40 inches, and the rest from 32 to 39 inches. Four fish were taken on glide baits, three on suckers, and 6 nice fish taken on the Rapala X-Rap. The X-Rap was an excellent lure to "throw back" when Mr. Muskie would blow up on the glider. Time after time, the fish would "inhale" the X-Rap on the next cast. The Muskie action will continue through the winter months, and although we did not raise any big fish this trip, winter is THE time to catch the fish of a lifetime. Adam and Nicloe, I had a great time fishing with you guys and hope the film footage turns out to be good for your new website. Pictured are 3 of the 13 fish taken. Dress warm, and let's chase some Muskies!!! Dwayne Hickey www.tennesseebassguides.com