Foscoe Fishing Company Guide - Pace Cooper
Pace's Fly Fishing Tales
Follow along with Pace as he shares his flyfishing adventures in the freshwater streams of North Carolina and Tennessee. Pace posts to this blog regularly so be sure to check back often or subsribe to our newsletter for digest updates.
When looking for new places to fish one of the best ways is scouting (also called bluelining because of the little blue lines on the map). Scouting is simply getting some good maps that show streams and then checking out the creeks. A good map will show you the elevation where the stream starts.
If you are wanting to catch wild brook trout, look for where the streams start and fish the headwaters. If you are looking for larger water, look for a stretch downstream and give it a try.
One important thing to remember is that the Wildlife Resources Commission does not designate every stream. Even if a stream is not designated, give it a try. Most of the area streams hold some trout.
This past weekend I waded the South Holston tailwater. Fishing was good and we even had the pleasure of casting some dry flys to rising fish.
They were eating sparsely tied craneflies and size 18 Sulphurs. Midges were all over, and we caught most of our fish on subsurface midge patterns dropped behind brassies and micro mayflies. The browns look like they are staging for the spawn.
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