We haven’t gotten any fly fishing done over the past week, but we’ve been comsumed by the sport. We had a booth and did seminars at The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey. We met new folks and got to see some old friends. Craig & Karen Hayes from Turneffe Flats Belize were there as well as Jim Klug of Yellow Dog Fly Fishing and a producer of the movie Drift.
We saw our friend Joe Humphreys in New Jersey and chatted in between his casting demos and our speaking. Joe will be in Townsend this May for TroutFest plus we’ll see him again this weekend at the show in Charlotte.
We’ve been blow away by the response to our new book series Advice From the Guides. Fly Fishing for Brook Trout in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fly Fishing with Streamers have both sold extremely well and they haven’t even arrived yet. Our new books will arrive soon and we should start shipping orders out on Monday. A few cases of books will be shipped to us in Charlotte so we should have copies at the show.
It doesn’t look like we’ve missed much on the local fishing scene. Water in the Smokies was extremely cold while were gone. The Holston River below Cherokee Dam had a few hours when it was fishable, but the Clinch has been running almost around the clock. The South Holston and Watauga have remained the best places to get into trout.
We’ve escaped the ice and snow that have blanketed areas to our north, but we’re getting a good deal of rain. Stream levels had fallen off a bit and it was time for more water. Weather looks to be mild in the coming week so hopefully we can get some fishing in before we head north to speak to the Norther Kentucky Fly Fishers next Thursday, then head to the Buckeye United Fly Fishers Show in Cincinnati next Saturday.