Flies and Fins

Always bear in mind that your ‘Tribe’ began with the first guy to sneak down to the river when no one in the village was hungry. Realize that most of society does not understand this.

All photos posted are mine unless otherwise noted.
Where I belong. Saturday in North Carolina.

Where I belong. Saturday in North Carolina.

Had to make a pit stop on my way back to middle TN.

Had to make a pit stop on my way back to middle TN.

The old hat net.

The old hat net.

Trout food.

Trout food.

BUTTER!

BUTTER!

Somehow I managed to talk my parents into letting my little brother play hooky today from school so we could do a little fishing before I leave town. The trout were plentiful and we had a great time.

Somehow I managed to talk my parents into letting my little brother play hooky today from school so we could do a little fishing before I leave town. The trout were plentiful and we had a great time.

Not much can top enjoying the beauties of small streams with family.

Not much can top enjoying the beauties of small streams with family.

Throw Back Thursday. CO, 2011. Clyde dog, the fishiest dog in the bidness

Throw Back Thursday. CO, 2011. Clyde dog, the fishiest dog in the bidness

Heading home tonight!

Heading home tonight!

Found some of these down stream.

Found some of these down stream.

I did a little exploring in central Tn this weekend. Here the river drops over this fall and ends in this pool. It reappears out of the ground a couple of hundred yards away.

My brother and his wife spent the weekend chasing the wiley white bass.

Got a buddy going on a tiger fish trip.  He needs fly ties. Hopefully something of this nature will do. #pigfarmink #pigfarmdirtysouf #flytying #flyfishing #tigerfish #whitingfarms #minnerfarmer #flytyingjunkie

Got a buddy going on a tiger fish trip. He needs fly ties. Hopefully something of this nature will do. #pigfarmink #pigfarmdirtysouf #flytying #flyfishing #tigerfish #whitingfarms #minnerfarmer #flytyingjunkie

frixionus asked: What is your favorite line & leader setup for pike fishing? I was just wondering about types of lines (floating or sink tip, leader lengths and materials. I'm just going to start fly fishing for them and I can use any hints that you're willing to share. Thank you and keep posting the great pics!

What type of waters are you fishing? The rivers I musky fish I’m throwing 400 grain full sinking lines on ten weights. Where as in Alaska when pike fishing My sports are mostly fishing shallow weedy bays where I have them throwing floating lines and eight weights. When river fishing I fish a two foot section of fifty pound flouro to a 12 inch 30 pound wire bite guard. I typically tie a loop in the end of my bite guard and attach a 55 pound snap so I can swap flies out easily without wasting material. My leader setup I use in the river is the same as what I use in the lakes only instead of two foot of flouro I’ll use four to five. The reason for this is because fish are a little spookier in the shallow flats and you don’t want your fly line smacking the water to spook them. Hope this helps! If you have any more questions feel free to ask.

Chris Franzen

Photo by Towee Guide Tested Skiffs.
Is this Towee being chased by the rare Caney Fork River Shark - OR - did we take a Rivermaster with an SRO rowing frame and 2 kayaks loaded with gear, slide them down a remote 12 foot bluff where an underground river emerges from a cavern in the mountain and drop into an epic overnight float down ten miles sketchy white water and ultra boney riffles with a boat that shouldn’t even be there until we finally made our way to the main river and piled four people and a mountain of gear into the Towee, trained the kayaks behind, fired up the outboard and went in search of our trucks and a good Mexican restaurant???? Naw - it’s probably the shark thing…..

Photo by Towee Guide Tested Skiffs.

Is this Towee being chased by the rare Caney Fork River Shark - OR - did we take a Rivermaster with an SRO rowing frame and 2 kayaks loaded with gear, slide them down a remote 12 foot bluff where an underground river emerges from a cavern in the mountain and drop into an epic overnight float down ten miles sketchy white water and ultra boney riffles with a boat that shouldn’t even be there until we finally made our way to the main river and piled four people and a mountain of gear into the Towee, trained the kayaks behind, fired up the outboard and went in search of our trucks and a good Mexican restaurant???? Naw - it’s probably the shark thing…..