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Old 08-18-2014, 09:58 PM
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Hey All -

I'm new to the forum so, first off, I want to say hi.

Cutting right to it... I'm looking for some info on musky fishing in the southeast.

Specifically, which flies will work best in Central and East Tennessee? As far as resources go, I have a friend who has a cabin on the Chippewa flowage in Wisconsin and fishes for them a lot up there, so I'll be in good hands learning it. However, since I'm just starting to get into it and he doesn't know which patterns will work best around TN, we're looking for info from someone who knows more than us! We'll primarily be on Melton Hill reservoir/Clinch river, and the Collins river.

Any advice on the flies would be appreciated.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:45 PM
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If you're around Knoxville stop in at 3 river anglers. They'll point you in the right direction and carry some musky flies also.
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Or you could shoot across the border a few hours and stop in asheville, nc and visit Hunter Banks fly shop. A wealth of knowledge there, too.

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Thanks for the info guys. Fox, I will do that as I frequent 3ra and jw, I'll have to stop in next time in the Asheville area.

I was hoping a few people may recommend some colors that work well/post some pictures. I assume shad/rainbow/brown patterns will best.
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Best bet is going to be to learn to tie your own. It is very difficult and expensive to buy some of the larger musky flies ( triples ). They are not exceptionally hard to tie if you have some tying experience


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Yep, I'm with ya on that. Just figuring out which colors to go with. Will post some pics once all is said and done.
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Do you know any gear anglers down there? One of the best things to do is to find out what colors the gear guys have been successful with. I'd done a little research on that fishery earlier this fall because I was going to fish the Southern Classic but ended up canceling those plans at the last minute. I'll go back and see if I saved any of my notes about about the fishery once I'm done with work.

The only other thing I would recommend doing is to try to find a fishery report of species in the lake and figure out what the main prey would be.
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