We'll discuss various aspects of fly fishing in and around our region.

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Solitude, "City" Fishermen, and Other Odds 'n' Ends

Posted on June 1, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (1051)

by Nathan Chapman

I sometimes struggle to figure out why so many are so willing to fish in a crowd. Not that every time one goes fishing should total solitude be a realistic goal, but why go to a river/stream/lake/pond, and fish right in someone's hip pocket? Why only fish in the middle of the day on sunny Saturdays in warm weather? Why stand in line to fish? For the most part, the fishing I like to do has more to do with the sounds around consisting of nothing more than the w...

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Southern Brook Trout Vs Northern Brook Trout

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (235)

By Nathan Chapman

More than one old timer, sitting in front of one of the country stores that still existed when I was a kid, whittling and spitting tobacco juice into his own shavings told me that specks were a different breed of fish. They ain't the same. That was said a lot. These old men of the mountains viewed the world around them with varying stages of contempt, amusement, and chagrin, sometimes all at once. But they all to a man felt as strongly about this place in which they li...

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It Ain't All About Rippin' Lips

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (394)

BY Nathan Chapman

For most of us who fly fish, or just go fishin' period, the pursuit of our game is more about being out and either in solitude or with a good friend or friends. We aren't after the biggest fish we can get our hands on, because in the overwhelming majority of places fished here in the US, the odds of that happening are slim to none, even if you have a pretty good skill-set. The average fish is what most of us hope to find a few of, be it 8" bluegills in the neighbors fa...

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A Different Kind of Fishing Etiquette

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1941)

by Nathan Chapman

You've just finished telling your buddy about an awesome day fishing a tiny trickle of a stream you happened to stumble on by chance just going over your topo maps of the home area when he looks directly at you and says, "now where is that exactly?" This is a guy who has fished countless hours with you, in whom you have the utmost trust and consideration. He has more than earned his stripes in your eyes and can bust brush with the best of them. So...whaddaya do?

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Brook Trout Fishing in the Southern Appalachians

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (147)

By Nathan Chapman

You won't find this style of fly fishing blasted all over the covers of the top magazines, both online versions and those which remain in print. There is no fanfare, hero worship, or ego-boosting going on beneath the heavy canopy of rhodedendron, mountain laurel, and at the highest elevations, blueberry bushes of all things. Brook trout fishing in the lands of the southern highlands is more of a dogmatic attempt at self-torture than a path to glory and fame.


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