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3 Rivers Carp KingOne month on and we’re looking back in the rear view mirror at the 3 Rivers Carp Cup and I’m all smiles. By all accounts the event was a great success; perfect weather, a great group of folks (anglers and otherwise), and a more than worthy cause (the Legacy Parks Foundation). In the event you missed the Cup, fear not, buoyed by this year’s success it will definitely be back next year with or without some changes.  You can look forward to a full account of the Cup in the upcoming issue of Southern Culture on the Fly. For now, here’s the quick and dirty:

The Cup saw 42 anglers composing 18 teams (boat division) and 8 individuals (kayak division) vying for infamy and fortune along the banks of Knoxville’s hallowed waters. The rules stipulated that teams and individuals were looking to collect five measurable fish. Of the 18 teams only five managed to record five (or more) measureable fish. In the individual kayak division no angler recorded more than two fish. Average fish length (inches) for most anglers bounced around the 22 inch mark with a few outliers punching the 30 inch mark. In the team division the winning team, Shock and Awe, managed an astounding 15 fish with the smallest fish recorded on their card being a more than respectable 27 inches (about ten times!). The second place team managed a healthy 7 fish total. Only one individual angler measured more than one fish, Chad Fairbanks, the winning Individual/Kayak angler, scoring two healthy fish.

Healing Waters2Supporting Great Causes, One Beer at a Time.

Join us for a beer and meet and greet the great folks from the Project Healing Waters ( This month we're not just looking for donations but volunteers as well. Project Healing Waters is currently without a chapter in the Knoxville area and 3 Rivers Angler is looking to rectify that situation. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings and is a very worthy cause. If your interested in learning more about the program and how you can help while raising a glass at the same time then please stop by and join us from 6 to 8 at 3 Rivers Angler.

We've had a great summer here in East Tennessee and it's hard to believe that its already gone and done. Fact of the matter is the days are getting shorter and the kids are back at school so that must mean it's time to clear out the old to make way for the new. September 10th through the 15th you can find deals from 50% to 10% off on Summer Apparel, Sun Glasses, Fly Lines, Packs, and even Waders and Boots. Drop in and see if  you can't pick yourself up a little something now that Juniors got his new pack and is full on into the academic year.
70s snail_darterI’ve been too busy to ponder for more than a passing moment why TVA turned off the taps on Cherokee Dam this last weekend. Perhaps they needed to hold some water back from downstream assets or maybe turbine number two was in need of some grease. Whatever the case, when I saw the predicted average outflow pegged at a solid 400cfs for both Saturday and Sunday I knew my fate was sealed. I would be on that flow on that river on Sunday and I dutifully set the wheels in motion in order for that to happen. Thus far this has been the summer of the lower Holston and French Broad Rivers which I’ve managed to turn into my own private Idaho. My tendency to obsess about a single fish, a specific species of fish, or a section of water to the exclusion of a more rounded angling approach has continued since my return to east Tennessee.  If you've had the opportunity to talk with me in the shop at all then you know that my latest preoccupation focuses on small mouth bass with particular attention given to sight fishing for trophy fish on low water on both the French Broad and Holston rivers.

This time of year 400cfs on the Holston would typically indicate we were in the grips of a drought. If you study TVA’s operating guide for Cherokee Dam you’ll note that somewhere towards the end of July and the end of August the right side of the bell curve takes a decided dip south. In fact, the green line which indicates the balancing guide makes an abrupt right angle at the end of August.  In short, August is get’er done time up in the towers on the hill. Given the rain we’ve had over the past few weeks the low flow is an aberration which occurs from time to time for a variety of reasons.  If you check today’s predicted generation schedule you’ll note that the average predicted output is back to 7,130cfs; twelve hours of 14,000cfs during peak hours of energy consumption followed by a roughly equivalent period over night of zero generation.