As I sit here and type this Knoxville is yet again under a winter storm watch and it's 67 degrees outside. Spring is making a valiant effort to get here but it looks like we will have to endure one more dip of arctic air before it officially arrives. The long range forecast looks fantastic and the prospects for fishing this weekend are extremely favorable, particularly for the mountains.
While we've got some lower flows on the tailwaters today, we are expecting anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow and ice plus an additional 1/4 inch of rain prior to that. That's enough water in the system to make TVA nervous and I expect that the tailwater flows will be relatively high through the weekend. Point in case, Cherokee's expect outflow on Friday bumps up to an impressive 13,290 cfs.
That's the bad news. The good news is that the temperatures on the rivers in the park are almost up to that magical 50 degree mark. Reports of hatches are already beginning to trickle into the shop and we can hope that after this next little dip in the thermometer near normal temperatures will be upon us and the bugs can't be too far off afterthat. What's more, in another week or so it will be time for TVA to start filling up the area's reservoirs. Provided we have a relatively normal spring, this will mean some low water time on the Clinch, Holston, South Holston, Wautaga, and Hiawassi rivers before the middle of the month.
Everybody at 3 Rivers Angler is more than ready for the warm weather. We've been moving what's left of the winter clothing over to the clearance rack in order to make room for the spring clothes and flip flops. New gear is arriving daily so we've got to make a lot of room. There are still some real deals to be had on fleece and sweaters so if you're in the need you might wander down and have a look. Hopefully you'll be out on the water this weekend with little more than a fleece on your back!
3 Rivers Angler, your local fly fishing resource, is offering "fly fishing 101″ lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging at absolutely no charge. Each classs teaches the basics of rigging, casting and other intro to fly fishing skills. All of the gear and instruction is provided free of charge. Space is limited so please make sure to sign up well in advance.
You should be at least 12 years old. Bring a fly rod and reel with line if you have one, (if not, one can be provided in the beginning.) We'll be covering "what to buy" during the first class session so it is something that we can work around if you do not have one to start. Bring a notebook and pen to take notes.
Course space is limited to 6 students.
2015 Fly Fishing 101 Schedule
Fri. February 27th 5-6:30 pm
Wed. March 4th 5-6:30 pm
Fri. March 6th 5-6:30 pm
Wed. March 11th 5-6:30 pm
Fri. March 13th 5-6:30 pm
Wed. March 18th 5-6:30 pm
Wed. March 25th 5-6:30 pm
Saturday April 25th 12:00 pm*
*April 25th class is associated with the Outdoor Knoxville OutdoorFest and class size restriction is not in effect.
Winter Clearance Sale!
Out with the old (and cold) and in with the new. It's that time again folks, 3 Rivers Angler is making room for new inventory and now is the time to get some exceptional deals on all winter apparel from Simms, Orvis, and Patagonia. Starting February 13th, all winter apparel will be anywhere from 40 to 50% off. Drop by today and make sure you find yourself a bargain.
Please join 3 Rivers Angler on February 24th at 6:30pm for an informative evening with Devon Carr of H2O Charters and the Pere Marquette River Lodge. The Pere Marquette River is renowned for its trout, salmon, and steelhead fishing making it one of Michigan's premier fly-fishing locations and a must fish destination for the avid fly-fisherman. A scant ten hours from Knoxville, the Pere Marquette River Lodge is an easy destination to reach with incredible scenery and the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime!
Please join 3 Rivers Angler on February 10th at 6:30 for a presentation by Rus Schwauschof Epic Angling & Adventures based in Alaska. Russ will be giving a presentation on two fishing destinations-of-a-lifetime located on the Alaska Peninsula – Alaska Wilderness SAFARI and Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST.
Alaska Wilderness SAFARI, the more sophisticated operation, is written up in the book Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die as "arguably the most isolated coastal fishing camp in Alaska and one of the best places in the world to pursue chrome-bright, ocean-fresh salmon." But if you want, there's a lot more to do than just fish. This eco-diverse destination also offers daily wildlife viewing, waterfalls, tide pools and beach combing, plus helicopter fly-out fishing!
His second operation is Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST. It’s a rustic, early season camp offering excellent small stream fishing for rainbow trout, grayling, king salmon and more. Short on frills, this program is for the die-hard fisherman focused on quality fishing rather than extraneous amenities.
Beginning in 1995, Rus spent a few summers in Alaska exploring remote rivers on unguided float trips with his buddies. They would fly with all their equipment to the headwaters by bush plane, then float and fish over 100 mile stretches for two weeks at a time. These trips “infected” Rus with Alaska and steered his life in a completely new direction.
Giving up his full time engineering job, he started guiding in Alaska during the summer of 2001 while continuing engineering consulting work the other 9 months back in Austin, TX. In 2004, Rus took over the operation where he first guided, Alaska Wilderness SAFARI, and is coming up on season number thirteen there.
You can find out more about his operations at www.epicanglingadventure.com, or just come to the next meeting to see some Alaska-sized fish and incredible photography on the big screen.
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