July Newsletter

On The Fly South July 2022

The Southern summer has arrived and its started off as a scorcher. Still, there are some places where the fish continue to bite in the sweltering weather. That is, if you can stand the heat and humidity to go after them!

Heading upstream on West Virginia’s Glade Creek. Photo by Jimmy Jacobs.

The stories you can look forward to when the July editon of On The Fly South is published at mid-month are trout fishing tales from West Virginia’s Glade Creek and Georgia’s Noontootla Creek. Saltwater fans will get a story of challenging redfish near Pointe A La Hache in southeast Louisiana.


You’ll also get our usual lineup of resorts, new gear, fly tying and the End of the Line column. As always, subscriptions to On The Fly South are FREE. You can sign up on our landing page. You get just two emails per month notifying you when we release a new edition and when we publish the monthly newsletter. NO SPAM! And we never give or sell your information to anyone.


Around The South:


The fishing world has lost another of its legendary communicators. Mark Sosin has passed away at the age of 88. His bio included being the on-camera host of Mark Sosin’s Saltwater Journal, as well as the shows executive producer for more than a quarter century. He also had more than 3,000 magazine articles and 30 books to his credit.

Born in Highland Park, New Jersey, for many years he made his home in Boca Raton, Florida. He had been enshrined in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, as well as the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame.

A former president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Sosin was known as one of the premier fishing educators in the nation. He will be missed throughout the angling community.


Free Fishing in North Carolina

North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission

On July 4, anglers of any age or residency status will be allowed to fish without a license in North Carolina from 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. Free Fishing Day, sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, is an annual event that was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994 and always falls on July 4.

“Free Fishing Day was created to promote the sport of fishing,” said Christian Waters, the agency’s chief of the Inland Fisheries Division.  It’s an opportunity for families to try an outdoor recreational activity that is relatively inexpensive and available to anyone, no matter their age or skill level. It’s an excellent way to enjoy quality time together, relaxing by the water.”

Anglers are required to follow fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits, and bait and tackle restrictions. The Wildlife Commission’s website is a valuable resource for regulations, tips about where and what to fish, and the state’s Tackle Loaner Program.

“The interactive fishing and boating maps on the agency’s website list more than 500 fishing and boating areas that are open to the public, and many of which that are free. Also, the Wildlife Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state to give anglers a better chance of catching fish. Stocking information can also be found on the agency’s website.”


Good News From The Islands

It just got easier to travel to The Bahamas to chase bonefish and permit. In addition to eliminating the mandatory Bahamas Travel Health Visa, the Government of The Bahamas has announced that fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country.

All unvaccinated travellers ages 2 and older will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test — either a negative RT-PCR test or a Rapid Antigen test — taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to travel and present the negative test results at check-in before travel to The Bahamas.

These changes went into effect on June 19, 2022.


New Colors From UNI Products

UNI Products, a world leader in the supply of spooled fly-tying materials, announced the addition of two fresh colors to their very popular UNI-Mylar line. The news colors are plain Black and plain White. They are available in three widths: #10 (1/16″), #12 (3/64″), and #14 (1/32″).

Those news colors add versatility to the existing lineup: Gold/Silver, Red/Green, Copper/Blue, Peacock/Orange, Pearl, Clear and the Holographic colors, Red, Black, Silver, Light Blue, Orange, Chartreuse, Gold and Rainbow. Tiers now have twenty colors at their disposal for creating attractive bodies and ribs, adding flash to wings, throats and tails, producing tough and attractive wing cases, or serving as a base for spun bodies, to name just a few uses.

A 20-spools combos of holographic colors and plain colors are available for UNI-Mylar lovers. Check them out on the UNI Products website.


Regulation Changes On Georgia’s Waters Creek

Waters Creek was established as Georgia’s first trophy trout stream more than five decades ago. The small stream in the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Chestatee River drainage of the north-central portion of the state was managed under a number of stringent rules regarding access and gear permitted.

Almost all of those rules now have been rescinded. Fishing presently is permitted year round on any day of the week, barbless hooks are no longer mandated and the ban on landing nets of more than 24 inches has ended. The only remaining special regulation restricts the harvest of any brook trout under 18 inches or brown and rainbow trout of less than 22 inches.


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