Well, after what has been one of our mildest (and wettest) winters to date, it looks as if winter may have finally arrived. Up to this point mild temperatures on top of a lot of wet stuff have made fishing somewhat unseasonable. By all accounts the mountains have been fishing very well, with bugs arriving early (along the with the flowers) and the fish responding accordingly. Down here in the valley we've been in a bit of a bind with very few windows of opportunity presented due to TVA's need to draw down reservoirs to their winter pool levels. There's been plenty of belly-aching around the shop about this predicament both from us and many of you who've dropped by. That said, I'd much rather have the precipitation now rather than later.
Guys and gals, we just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that the 3RA Upgrade Program is in full swing. How's it work? You bring us your underutilized equipment into 3 Rivers Angler. We clean it up and photograph it in a professional manner and then start your auction so that it ends when the greatest audience possible is at home and in front of the computer. Competition drives bids and since the name of the game is to get you the most cash for your gear, we've got a time-proven formula to get it done. What's it cost? Not a thing. We simply subtract any eBay or PayPal fees from the final bid price of your gear and give you store credit towards new gear that you can get out and use.
Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my cause, and be silent so that you may hear.
Do you have a incurable case of the shack-nasties? Looking for a cure for those rainy day blues? Then head down to 3 Rivers Angler this Friday (February 3rd) at seven o'clock for the first installment of the Volunteer Musky Hunter Club's annual meetings. If you've ever dreamed of monster fish with a monster bite this is your chance to rub elbows with a very knowledgeable group of guys and gals that have been there and done that. Seven till nine at 3 Rivers Angler.
If you've ever asked my advice on flies, then you've undoubtedly heard my take on Todd's Wiggle Minnow. To say I'm a disciple is an understatement. It's the very first fly I tie on my line for one simple reason: it works.
The appeal of the wiggle on a sink-tip line is its versatility. For starters, due to its buoyancy, it's a lot less likely to get hung up if, for example, your cast goes unattended for any given amount of time. This same trait gives a sinking-line angler the ability to slide it over and around structures in the water simply by slowing or stopping their retrieve. Plus, once you stop the wiggle to allow it to ascend, thereby clearing the log, ledge, rock, etc..., the wiggle keeps right on wiggling during its upward float. If you've ever thrown streamers on the Clinch, then you know this trait is highly desirable and relatively hard to find. And with a good oarsman to slow your drift, you can also make the wiggle swim downstream along the bank, ledge, log, or whatever structure you feel confident holds fish.
On February 4th 3 Rivers Angler will be holding the first tying class of the season, Tying for Beginners: intro to Tools, Techniques and Terminology with Idlywilde signature tier Troy Basso.
The class will cover everything from selection and use of tools, thread selection, and the basic tying skills you will need to get started in this rewarding endeavor.
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