October Newsletter

On The Fly South October 2020

Here’s what’s new from On The Fly South that’s headed your way this month!

On The Fly South Associate Editor Polly Dean heading out to fish the Slaty Fork of the Elk River. Photo by Jimmy Jacobs

With the arrival of October, the first tinges of fall are now showing up in the form of crisp mornings and leaves losing their green for browns, yellows and reds. It also signals the start of more pleasant angling conditions throughout the region.

This month we’ll accommodate the urge to be on the stream with an article profiling the fishing available on West Virginia’s Elk River, one of the Mountain State’s premier trout destinations. While there we provide a look at the Elk River Inn & Cabins that offers a great headquarters for exploring that area.

There also will be a visit with Delaware fly tier Tim O’Neill, who is the owner of O’Neills Fly Fishing, plus much more.

In the meantime, if you haven’t signed on for a FREE SUBSCRIPTION to ON THE FLY SOUTH, now’s the time. You might become a winner in our monthly new subscribers prize drawings. This month’s winner of a pair of Hobie, polarized, floating sunglasses is George Campbell.

Next month we will be drawing for a pair of $100 gift certificate for Capital Sportsman outdoor and casual wear.


From Around The South:

Southeastern Outdoor Press Association recognizes On The Fly South

During their 2020 Virtual conference the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association recognized On The Fly South as an award winner in their Excellence in Craft competition. On The Fly South received the first place award in the group’s Outdoor Entrepreneur Project category.

Organized in May 1964, SEOPA is the nation’s premier regional outdoor communicator’s organization. The organization’s purpose is to promote quality communication of outdoor activities and issues, promote ethical conduct in communication of outdoor activities, promote fellowship among persons engaged in outdoor communication, educate members and the general public about outdoor activities and promote the interchange of information with other professional communication groups and organizations.

Delayed Harvest Fishing Opens

Photo by Jimmy Jacobs

The delayed-harvest trout season opens on October 1 in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In the Old North State the season runs through June 5, 2021, while it continues in the Old Dominion until May 31, 2021. The Volunteer State has varied ending dates by stream, so check their regulations for those. Also, Tennessee is temporarily postponing the first DH stocking on the Hiawassee River tailwater due to high water temperatures.

North Carolina has 34 stream sections managed under DH regulations, while Virginia has 15 and Tennessee six. During the DH period only artificial, single-hook lures and flies may be used and all trout must be immediately released.

RIO Releases New Flagship Fly Lines

Following on the release of their new coating technology, SlickCast, RIO brings their new Elite tier of fly lines to fly fishers worldwide.

RIO’s Elite tier of fly lines are the highest performing, most technically advanced fly lines created. Elite freshwater fly lines are built on RIO’s new ConnectCore Plus – their next-generation, low-stretch core. Fly lines built on this core are ultra-smooth, have exceptionally durability, and the added benefits of incredible levels of sensitivity when casting and fishing.

ConnectCore Plus gives anglers all the benefits of a low-stretch core – enhanced sensitivity, less wasted energy and faster hook set – with a significantly longer lifespan. It also allows hand stretching to easily remove memory coils for a more direct connection to fish and fly.

In addition, every Elite fly line is manufactured with RIO’s new SlickCast – the slickest, most durable coating on the market one that produces the least amount of friction ever measured on a fly line,

RIO’s Elite tier launches with four key trout tapers; the Elite RIO Gold (WF4 to WF8), Elite RIO Grand (WF4 to WF8), Elite RIO Perception (WF3 to WF8) and Elite Technical Trout (WF3 to WF6). Lines in this new tier are also built with MaxFloat Tip Technology – RIO’s high floating line tip, SureFire – RIO’s triple color line marking system that makes it easy to gauge distances and load, with a quick glance, and EasyID – RIO’s printed line marking system that allows anglers to quickly and easily identify each line.

Find RIO’s Elite fly lines at your local fly shop, or online, with an MSRP of $119.99.

Belizean Fly Fishing Guides Support Fund

Seven months into the worldwide pandemic – as other Caribbean countries and destinations have opened back up to traveling anglers – the Belizean fly-fishing community that is so important to our overall industry and to our sport is running out of resources and options. While the prime minister announced that the country now has a reopening date of October 1st, we also know that this is a moving target and it will be a slow return to full time work for all of these guides.

To assist the licensed, full-time guides of Belize, the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation (YDCCF) – along with AFFTA and Angling Trade – has initiated a campaign to provide anglers, industry businesses, and those who feel a strong connection to Belize a means of lending a hand. We are about half way to reaching our goal and need some help in getting more help to the fly-fishing guides in Belize!

There are approximately 100 licensed fly-fishing guides in the small country of Belize, and right now, they are not guiding, fishing or lobstering. They have no means of generating income during the pandemic and most are running low on resources.

The YDCCF has launched this campaign with the goal of raising $100,000 in one month. It is their hope to be able to provide a check for $1,000 to each professional, full-time guide. While this may seem like a small thing, it will certainly make a huge difference for a lot of people that matter to our industry, helping to carry this incredibly important group of professionals through to the time when guiding resumes and everyone can get back on the water. As an industry and as traveling anglers, we all know how important Belize is as a destination, and without a healthy and functioning infrastructure, the destination as a whole will suffer. Click here to donate.

International Fly-Fishing Festival Award Winner

The International Fly-Fishing Film Festival (IF4) has announced “The Art of Fly Fishing” from BluffLINE Media as the winner of the Inaugural Stimmie Awards, created to celebrate amateur fly-fishing filmmakers from around the world.

“The Art of Fly Fishing” follows artist Brooke Belohlavek as she follows her two passions: art and fly fishing.

“Brooke Belohlavek is an artist and educator in small town, Wyoming, who found a love for fly fishing one day after an ascent atop Grand Teton,” filmmaker Andrew McNeese explained. “Before long, her newfound passion made its way to her canvas. Today Brooke paints trout for folks all over the country who want to enjoy a beautiful reminder of their fly-fishing experiences. Last summer, we joined Brooke to fish and film some high-country creeks and rivers that are close to her heart for ‘The Art of Fly Fishing’ International Fly-Fishing Festival Award Winner.”

“We give a heartfelt congratulations to Andrew, Brooke, and BluffLINE Media for winning the first-ever Stimmie Award,” IF4 producer John Van Vleet added. “And we wanted to thank each and every filmmaker who entered, the IF4 sponsors, and, of course, everyone who watched all the films and voted for their favorite.”

McNeese will receive a prize pack from the IF4 sponsors, including Patagonia, Orvis, Airflo, Echo, Watermaster, Fly Fusion, and Fly Fishers International, along with an automatic entry for the film into the 2021 IF4.

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