Seth Fields, owner of The Hatch Outfitters, is here to walk us through the diversity of Tennessee fly fishing. We chat about some of the species they target around the Chattanooga area – trout, smallmouth bass, Tennessee tarpon, gar, and more.
Seth tells us how he started writing articles for some of the well-known magazines around like American Angler, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Fly Tyer Magazine. We also find out what they have going at the fly shop – Oyster Roast and Casting Competition, Fly Tying Nights, and the beer bar!
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Tennessee Fly Fishing Show Notes with Seth Fields
03:00 – Seth is a product of the movie, A River Runs Through It. His father is an avid outdoorsman and he later found out that his great-grandfather is a fly fisherman.
07:30 – Seth and his family now live in Chattanooga. It’s been their dream to live there.
20:30 – Hatch Outfitters is the only fly shop in Chattanooga
21:30 – Seth used to be a Graphic Designer and then started contributing to magazines like American Angler, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Fly Tyer Magazine – he wrote articles, ran their websites and social media, etc.
23:15 – He became an Editor for the Angling Report publication
26:45 – In May 2020, Seth bought Hatch Outfitters fly shop
37:00 – The local streams in Chattanooga are their first option for trout – North Chickamauga Creek and Big Soddy
42:00 – Seth targets muskies from Fall to Winter until early Spring – around November to May
45:50 – Seth talks about hooking people up with some excellent local guides in the area
51:15 – He uses a Hog Island skiff boat
57:00 – Seth talks about fishing for buffalo fish that looks like carp but they’re a native species
1:02:00 – Seth is also a huge gar guy
1:11:00 – He talks about the Tennessee tarpon – it’s the nickname of Skipjack Herring
1:15:25 – We had Tim Landwehr on the podcast in episode 273 where we talked about sight fishing for smallmouth bass. Tim’s operation guides on the river that Seth’s cabin is on.
1:25:30 – They have a beer bar at the shop
You can find The Hatch Outfitters on Instagram at @thehatchoutfitters
Website at TheHatchOutfitters.com
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