Xolette’s knife throwing videos are some of my favorites, in no small part because she includes her misses, failures, and near-catastrophes. She seems like a fun person to know. When she attempts to teach her parents to throw knives and shoot arrows, the results are even more amusing than her typical video. Enjoy.
Apropos of nothing at all, I fished the Holston River today with my buddy Topper in preparation for a guide trip Monday. It will be my first time guiding the Holston this season, and now that I know what the fish are eating, I need to hit the vise and tie up some flies. So I am going to cut this short.However, since I am typically posting pictures of small, wild fish from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I figured I should show off a few bigger ones.
The Holston River is a tailwater, which means that it flows out of a dam. Tailwaters are artificial ecosystems that typically include a higher nitrogen level from agricultural runoff. This results in hyper-fertile environments and very large fish. The biology of a mountain freestone (my typical wade-fishing destinations) differs greatly, and the fish are typically smaller as a result.
The Holston is much more like the South Fork of the Snake River on which I used to guide in Idaho. Granted the Snake is bigger and a much better fishery, but tailwaters such as the Clinch, Holston, Watauga, and South Holston give me a chance to wrestle with some larger fish. The South Holston is the finest river in Tennessee, and I would put it up against any of the Western rivers any day of the week. But I fell in love with the small, wild fish of the Smokies. There is nothing about out west that I miss that a week out there won’t cure. There are 700 miles of public-access, wadeable, wild-trout water in the GSMNP alone, and Tennessee is where I call home.