News & Updates

The first indication that Spring has finally arrived, contrary to popular opinion, has nothing to do with a ground hog. In fact, in Knoxville it’s actually announced by the presence of vehicles at the mouth of third creek along Neyland Drive and current indicators suggest that spring has not only arrived but has done so in style with a full triple lindy. I’m not sure what happened to old man winter this year but I am certain that I don’t really miss him (let’s circle back around to this in a month or so, I suspect mosquito and tick levels may have me singing a different tune).

Cars at the mouth of Third Creek, for those not in the know, indicate the arrival of the white bass migration. White bass (aka “whites” or “stripes”) doggedly head up stream in order to reproduce when conditions dictate. They’re cued in part by water temperatures, light intensity, and current and since we’ve had an overabundance of two of the three this year it looks like the ground hog’s prediction for six more weeks of winter was squarely wrong. Fishing for Stripes in the southeast is a rite of spring and a great opportunity for any angler to get out and knock the cobwebs off their cast. In late winter these fish move up the Ft. Loudon system through downtown Knoxville into the headwaters of the Tennessee River and the tributaries beyond. They stage in eddies off the main channel and feed ravenously until water temperatures get high enough for them to continue their upstream migration into feeder rivers and creeks in order to spawn.

My addiction to foam began innocently enough; a Google search for the next big thing to hook the next big fish. However, Google, in conjunction with my neophile tendencies, ultimately led me down the worm hole of foam- fly dependency. A dependency that manifests itself in my incessant need to peruse the cutting- blades sections of hardware stores and hobby shops, perpetually searching for the next tool to better transform foam cylinders, sheets and blocks into living, breathing creatures.

During the idle days of winter my problem is worse. Nights at the tying desk and stuffy sinuses lead to thoughts of, salt water, and sunburn. Despite all the warm weather we’ve had this winter I’ve been unable to escape this component of my circannual rhythm. Thankfully (I think?), many of my friends are also haunted by these salt-water dreams.

3 Rivers Angler is bringing the Fly Fishing Film Tour to K-Town!

When: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at the Relix Variety Theatre

Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00

All proceeds to benefit Legacy Parks Foundation

Buy discounted tickets NOW at 3RA, only $15 in advance.

FrankWell, after what has been one of our mildest (and wettest) winters to date, it looks as if winter may have finally arrived. Up to this point mild temperatures on top of a lot of wet stuff have made fishing somewhat unseasonable. By all accounts the mountains have been fishing very well, with bugs arriving early (along the with the flowers) and the fish responding accordingly. Down here in the valley we've been in a bit of a bind with very few windows of opportunity presented due to TVA's need to draw down reservoirs to their winter pool levels.  There's been plenty of belly-aching around the shop about this predicament both from us and many of you who've dropped by. That said, I'd much rather have the precipitation now rather than later.

Guys and gals, we just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that the 3RA Upgrade Program is in full swing. How's it work? You bring us your underutilized equipment into 3 Rivers Angler. We clean it up and photograph it in a professional manner and then start your auction so that it ends when the greatest audience possible is at home and in front of the computer. Competition drives bids and since the name of the game is to get you the most cash for your gear, we've got a time-proven formula to get it done. What's it cost? Not a thing. We simply subtract any eBay or PayPal fees from the final bid price of your gear and give you store credit towards new gear that you can get out and use.