Bass Pro Shops East Tennessee Fly Fishing

Welcome to Bass Pro Shops and our East Tennessee Fly Blog! The fishing is much like the weather that we have been experiencing as it has been equally great! Leaves are in full color and so are the trout, especially the brook and brown trout. The temperature has been chilly over night and into the morning but has been warming quite nicely by mid afternoon. As November approaches, the temps will gradually become cooler, however, a mild winter has been predicted. So get out there and blue line while the weather and leaves allow it!

 

Brookie

 

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains has been good, but not great. Yet, it is better than it has been in some time. Waters are still and gradually falling so look for your trout to be hiding the riffles and deeper runs. Until we receive some rain to increase the flow of our mountain streams, you may want to consider fishing some of the higher elevation streams. These streams offer classic plunge pool fishing and give trout cooler water temps, more oxygenated water, and more places to hide. Fishing will probably be best in the afternoon once the sun has slipped below the horizon. As seen above, the brookies will be showing off their fall colors and make prospecting these streams worth your while. Dry flies are working as well as nymph patterns. Stick with yellow/orange caddis and stimulators for dries and a Caddis Assortmentparachute Adam's would be a good choice also. For nymph patterns I would suggest green weenies, hares ear, pheasant tails and Tellico nymphs. Around here, it isn't as much about having the right fly pattern as it is presenting the fly in the right way so be certain to make that first cast count and get a really good drift!

 

 

 

Tail waters of the area are fishing good as well. Smallmouth in the lowland rivers should be active and can likely be found in the deeper runs and pools. Reports from the Clinch River are saying that the only bugs present are midges, scuds and occasional sulphurs. Midge fishing is a constant producer on the Clinch. The water temp should be falling and putting the brown trout on the move so we should see some fish begin to make their way upstream closer to the dam. For fly patterns, I would suggest olive, red, and black midge patterns. Try to find something that will stand out rather than blend in with thePheasant Tail water color. A size 16 pheasant tail would be a good choice too and maybe even with a flashback. Be sure to have sulphur patterns in your box in case you're on the river and a hatch begins to take place. I haven't heard any reports on the Holston River, but I would venture to guess that conditions are about the same as the Clinch. You probably won't see any sulphurs there. Don't overlook terrestrial patterns such as ants, beetles, and San Juan worms. These can be good producers this time of the year on bigger rivers.

 

Thanks for being here with us and tight lines!

Seth French

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Gen 2 HDS 7 Touch Screen

The anticipation is over! Well at least for some, with the new 7 inch Gen 2 HDS Touch Screens.

 

hds7The units have built in Broadband Sounder, Structure Scan HD, and Side and Down Scan capabilities.  Moving from sonar to scan to chart is pretty easy.  You can even customize your own screen!  If you want just one picture up of structure scan, you can.  Or you can split it 4 different ways.

 

All units come preloaded with InSight USA inland.  You can also purchase a HotMaps or Navionics chip if you prefer.  The 7 has one SD slot while the 9 and 12 have two SD slots.

 

These units are capable of SonicHub marine audio server and Sirius satellite weather/radio receiver.  It has 3D perspective view for the built in Insight USA.  These three new units will launch us into a new dimension of fishing and boating.

 

It has been interesting watching people use it and play around with it.  People really seem to like it.  Their smiles tell me quite a bit!  Stop on over to the Marine department and check one out.  Its well worth it!

 

 

Ginger Bridges

Marine Lead

Bass Pro Shops

Sevierville, TN

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Tackle Organization: A Simple Way to Increase Success

Often times, success or failure is determined by the existence and quality of efficiency.  This seems to hold true in the workplace, the home, or even out on the water for a day of fishing. The ability to be efficient and productive is increasingly crucial to success in today's hectic society and should also not be ignored when looking for ways to become a more successful angler!

Tangled Fishing Lures  Messy Tackle Box

There is nothing more frustrating, tiring, or discouraging than being unable to find a lure or tackle that you just know you possess somewhere in your collection. I have listed just a few helpful products and tips below that may help you begin on the path to becoming a more efficient and organized angler.

 

Utility Boxes

Utility Boxes have been a staple in the fishing industry for generations, but have become much more specialized of late. As an example, there are now many of these boxes produced by Plano which are designed specifically to effectively and securely store spinnerbaits, crankbaits, line, or terminal tackle such as hooks and sinkers. A small portion of utility boxes are also being offered in waterproof versions which are great for storing valuables or simply for prolonging lure life! Also, don't forget to throw some silica gel packs or Flambeau Zerust Plastabs in those boxes to soak up excess moisture and prevent rust!  A wide variety of utility boxes are available at Bass Pro Shops and I have displayed a few options below.


Bait Bucket Topper  Medium Crankbait Organizer  Leader Spool Box

 

Utility Box Labeling & Racks

After organizing the utility boxes to the point of satisfaction, be sure to label each one so that you can quickly grab the one you require when filling your tackle bag or reaching for that go-to bait while on the water. This will prove incredibly beneficial in both conserving time and saving you from the frustration of being unable to find exactly what you need. Also, if you store extra boxes of lures in your home or garage, be sure to put them in a utility box cabinet or rack for safe and convenient storage. I have linked an option below along with utility box labels made by Bass Minder.

Utility Box Rack    Bass Minder Box Labels

 

Rod & Reel Organization

The most difficult component of fishing tackle to organize and transport is definitely the rod & reel combo. These are the most costly pieces of fishing tackle and can be very difficult to transport outside of a boat rod locker. Reel Covers and Rod Socks are vital to the longevity of a rod and reel regardless of where they are stored. Combo caddies, rod wraps, and rod totes are great for transporting several combos to the water as a co-angler or to your favorite private pond. The practice of regularly swapping line on spools is also pivotal to success and simply knowing what line is on each reel is the key starting point. Bass Minder's Line Labels are incredible for this as they reserve a spot for date, type, and test of line for each reel. Below, I have listed a few options to assist you in organizing and transporting rods and reels.


Combo Caddy  Rod Tote  Reel Tote

 

These are just a few simple ways in which to improve the organization of your fishing tackle and increase your efficiency on the water; whether you are a tournament angler or a novice fisherman. There are many other product options to increase efficiency such as lure wraps to reduce tangles and millions of tips such as writing diving depths on crankbait lips with a sharpie! There are so many other products and tips available from Bass Pro Shops and other anglers just like you that I encourage all readers to try these products and also develop ideas of your own to share with us as a part of this discussion. If you find yourself bored this upcoming winter, work toward the improvement of your fishing tackle organization! Also, adding products such as these to a Christmas list isn't a bad way to begin!

 

Tight Lines,

Gary G. Garver

Fishing Team Lead

Kodak, TN

 

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What's new at the Gun Counter??

Nothing excites a gun enthusiast more than these two words, New Gun! The same thing applies to us who work at the gun counter at Bass Pro Store. A new gun, or long awaited gun, causes a lot of stir and excitement. Modern sport rifles caused a buzz when we got that category last year. With the anticipated arrival of the DPMS line, once again it was like Christmas time.

 

DPMS is a top quality AR made in the USA by America since 1992. Before that the company made accessories. They manufacture 500,000 per year, which represents 1/3 of the entire AR market. These guns come with a 3 yr warranty, 2 magazines, and the end of the barrel is custom cut. The receiver that Bass Pro sells features a hand anodized triple coat plus a Teflon coating which aids in scratch resistance. These firearms have many of the features of a custom made gun.  There are many different models and one for every budget. We will carry 7 models, 2 of which are C.A. compliant. All test firearms had different sight systems including open sights, Eotec, Acog, Nikon and Leopold. These guns sell themselves and will not last long.

 

All weapons are test fired 10 times to assure a quality product.  We actually put hundreds of rounds through all 7 models Bass Pro is going to carry and I did not see any misfeeds or jams. As a matter of fact, four of us ran through 600 rounds as fast as two guys could load them. Talk about Black Rain! By the way, if you will need someone to load when the Zombies come, you will want that DPMS rep with you! Wow he is fast!

 

Other excellent selections include the new Ruger 5.56, several Colts, Remingtons, Smith & Wessons, Bushmasters and Mossberg .22s. Most of these come in 5.56 / .223, and some come in .308. Remingtons are available in .243 also. At our Sevierville, Tennessee, Bass Pro store we also have Remington ARs that are camouflaged. They have fully floated and fluted barrels with hand guards.  Some even have adjustable stocks. They are perfect for hunting and super accurate. All of our Colts come with Magpul accessories already on them, including their popular Law Enforcement model. But, if that isn’t enough, we carry a full line of aftermarket goodies including Magpul, Tapco, Blackhawk, Promag and others.

 

While our firearm selection has always been top notch, the addition of ARs has increased our variety of great hunting, target, and self-protection guns. Bass Pro is a leader in all categories of firearms due to our in store selection of available guns and the ability to special order anything from the manufacturer. Go to www.basspro.com to see the great selection that we carry or call 865-932-5600 and ask for the gun counter.

 

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Where are the Deer? Follow the Food!

   The Great Smoky Mountains- Fall Color

With the weather getting cooler, hunting season is underway. Most hunters’ thoughts turn to that looming question, “Where are the deer?” Well, I’m not sure about where you are hunting, but here on the farm, the deer have LOTS of food to choose from this year.  There is a doe that hangs around here, usually with twins. I have seen her eating green leaves off of bushes and trees on the edge of the woods. That seemed odd, considering the huge variety of available food that she had to choose from back in the woods and the nearby fields. But, then I remembered that young buds and leaves of maples, dogwoods, viburnums, and sumac are preferred high quality food for deer. Also, there is still growing clover, rye grass, wild roses, pokeweed, blackberry, and honeysuckle along the fields at the edge of the woods.

Recently, my wife and I went for a walk in the woods behind the house. With all the recent coyote activity, we each packed a handgun for protection. She had her Smith and Wesson .357 and I had my FNH 5.7. (Just in case!) This hike led to the discovery of more available food for the wildlife

Wild Persimmon Tree

 The wild persimmons are ripe and falling to the ground. They provide food for many animals such as raccoons, skunks, opossums, coyotes, deer, turkeys, and also the horses

The acorn mast is so enormous and the oaks and chestnuts have dumped so much on the ground that it is like walking on marbles in the woods. Also, our ancient Buckeye trees have dropped a substantial number of excellent buckeyes on the ground. Don’t forget that those buckeyes are poisonous to humans, cattle and most animals. But, sometimes the squirrels will eat them. Let’s not forget the hickory nuts, which normally do have a good mast. They also have a record number of nuts on the ground.

acorn

Well, with writing this I realized two things - one good, one bad. The good thing is that the animals have a lot of feeding opportunities close by. The bad thing is that there is a massive amount of food deep in the woods which may keep the animals out of sight.

While asking neighbors if they have seen many deer lately, only one said he had. This guy has 100 acres of standing corn in his field and he said that “the deer are wearing it out.” So, until he harvests his crop, we know where the deer are.

After his harvest, all feeding patterns and travel routes will change. We will be ready for that with technology.  That’s right...trail cameras! I can hear some of you now, “That’s what I’m talking about.” But which camera is the best?  That’s an excellent question.  We have a good selection here at the Kodak, Tennessee Bass Pro. You can look at them online at http://www.basspro.com.   A great subject for my next blog…. Come and see us and we will show them to you or give us a call if you have any questions about them at 865-932-5600. Ask for the hunting department.

 

 

 

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The Next Generation.....

Here we are in the middle of October. The leaves are changing colors, days getting shorter, and the weather is turning cooler. Before long, it will be the best time of the hunting season; The Rut!

The does will be running around and the bucks will be chasing them and letting their guard down. This is THE best time of the season to be in the woods.

This year I challenge every adult hunter out there to take a kid hunting. We all need to pass on our hunting heritage to the next generation. If we don't it could be taken from us. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing the look in a child's eyes when they see their first deer from a stand or blind. I have hunted since I was a boy and harvested more deer than I can remember. But some of my favorite hunts were ones when I had my kids with me, especially when I watched my son harvest his first deer. 

 

Take a kid hunting

My children are grown now and have kids of their own. I am so looking forward to taking my four grandchildren on their first hunts. The child you take hunting doesn't have to be related to you. It could be a child that you know that doesn't have a father figure to introduce them to the wonders of the outdoors. Please do yourself a favor and take a child on a hunting trip this season. I promise you that you will get as much, if not more, enjoyment our of it as they do. We owe it to the next generation to pass it on like our parents did for us. Be safe, shoot straight and Happy Hunting!!

 

 

Willis Arnett

Hunting Lead                                       The Next Generation

Sevierville, TN

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It's The Great Pumpkin!!!!

Gather all your ghosts and goblins and bring them out to Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville. Beginning October 19- 31 you can have your photo taken with the Peanuts gang, crafts, grab an apple activity, scavenger hunt and trick or treating.

Oct 19 and 26   5-8 pm

Free Photo

Coloring Sheets

Trick or Treating

6-7 pm   - Costume ParadeHalloween Event

 

Oct 20 and 27, Saturday   12-5 pm

Free Photos

Coloring Sheets

1-3 pm    Grab an Apple

1-4 pm    Free Craft

Oct 21 and 28, Sunday   12-5 pm

Free Photo

Coloring Sheets

1-3 pm    Scavenger Hunt

1-4 pm    Free Craft

 

Oct 22-25, 29-30

5-8 pm   Free Photo

                Coloring Sheets

Oct 31  5-8 pm

FREE Photo

Coloring Sheets

Trick-or-Treating

 

 

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Deer Camp/Camping Necessities

It's that time of year...the time when you deer hunters go out into the unknown and sit and sit and sit, waiting for the perfect deer to come by so you can snag him. I'm not a deer hunter, but I am a camper so I do have an idea of what you're going to need for your deer camp site.

Along with a "earthy" colored tent, you're going to need a few other things. Did you ever think about a 5 gallon bucket? Your probably thinking, "what in the world would I need a bucket for?" Well, what else are you going to put your Lugable Loo on? A Luggable Loo is the perfect thing to put on top of said bucket to do your business on.....your PRIVATE business! 

What about strike anywhere matches? Got those?

Let me ask you a question. Have you ever gone deer hunting and dropped something important...something like your map or license...only to pick it up and you can hardly even see what's written on it because just as it so happens, you dropped it in the ONLY puddle of water for miles around. Then your going to need a Coghlan's waterproof pouch.

Maybe a portable heater for those cool nights? Right now, here at Bass Pro, we have a Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater on sale for only $79.97. Don't forget your 1lb propane tanks in order for your heater to work!

Adventure Medical has an awesome first aid kit just for hunters. It has everything you'll need for a 2-3 day trip.

Lighting is a must! Your going to want to see where your going and also perhaps, if you find yourself in a position of luck, you'll need a blood light. We have several different types of flashlights, and batteries to go with them, and for tracking your kill, a Mini Blood Light.

Along with sleeping bags, emergency blankets, freeze dried food, cooking and eating utensils, cots, chairs and tables, we have everything your going to need to make this hunting trip the best yet!

Why don't you come on over to Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville and let me show you how to make this hunting trip the best yet! I can't promise you a profitable trip, but I can help you have a safe and fun trip.

So, before you load up and head out, remember the camping staff here is waiting for you and your questions and/or suggestions. My list isn't all inclusive, but it'll get you started for sure.

Safe hunting...and camping!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops

 

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Fall Fashion inspired by the great outdoors.....

I was looking at my calendar and I couldn’t believe it, fall is here. We have really begun to see the changes in our weather already this past week. It won’t be long before the leaves start changing into brilliant shades of red and orange. The warm summer days are fading and its time to look ahead to campfires, football games, hunting and cooler weather.

 I was touring the apparel departments, as I often do, and realized we have some pretty great clothes coming out for the fall /winter season. I felt it was my obligation to share them with youNatural Reflections Chenille Zip SweaterNatural Reflection Heritage Bloom CollectionNatural Reflections Everyday V-NeckNatural Reflections French Terry Dress

 

Bob Timberlake Natural Reflections Jacquard Sweater HoodieNatural Reflections Favorite Flannel Shirt

This is just a few of this seasons hottest  looks. Come in and take a peak for yourself or shop online at www.basspro.com .

 

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It's Fall! Time to go Camping!

I went out my back door the other morning to let my little dog do his business and just about froze to death! My mind was already fuzzy because it was so early but when the blast of cold air hit me, I thought I must be about to stroke out or something! How could it be this cold? It was only September. Then I noticed all the leaves that are usually on the trees were mostly on the ground. Wait a minute.....it's Fall already? What happened to the leaves turning the bright red, gold and yellow before they turn brown and plummet to the ground? Oh, that's right....we haven't had a whole lot of rain in the past few months. That MUST be why they lie dead on the ground instead of hanging on and giving us some of natures beauty to look at. Still, the naked trees (or almost naked anyway) give a sort of beauty that only a nature lover can admire.

With Fall already here, that doesn't mean that you have to pack up your camping gear and wait until next Spring to go Camping again. In fact, right now is probably the best time to go Camping. Sure your mornings are going to be quite crisp, but we still have the afternoon to warm up. There are many pluses to going Camping in the Fall. NO MOSQUITO'S is a big one for me! Not a lot of people can understand the joy of pitching a tent and waking up to seeing their breath when the exhale. The sunrises are so much better this time of year. I'm not sure why....maybe it's because you can snuggle down into a blanket and watch it rise and feel all comfy and cozy in knowing that a new day has dawned. The smell of breakfast cooking on an open fire seems to explode when its a bit chilly and that same smell travels so much farther in cold air, so no matter if you're right by it or off into the woods doing your own business, you can still smell the beginning of your day cooking away. If you're a campground camper, you can pretty much enjoy most of the campground all to yourself because a lot of people just don't enjoy the afore mentioned experiences. Last, but certainly not least, you can sleep peacefully and not wake up constantly in a pool of sweat because it's still so hot outside even though it's 1:00am....been there done that!

Here at Bass Pro Shops, I can hook you up with some fall camping gear that will make you wonder why you've never gone camping in this type of weather before. Don't get me wrong. I hate with a passion cold weather! We just DO NOT get along at all. But Fall is different....it's cool, not bitter cold. All of natures critters are readying their little homes for colder weather and that's a sight to behold in itself!

Come see me here at Bass Pro Shops in Kodak,TN. and I promise you won't be sorry you did. You can start experiencing life on a whole new level.

Spread the word....Fall is here.....time to Camp!

 

Enjoy life as it is intended...Camp A LOT!

 

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Bass Pro Shops
Kodak, TN

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Fall Fishing Event

I know its fall and A LOT of people hunt in the fall, but it’s also the perfect time to fish. Cooler air means the fish are bitin’ again.

If you need Fall Fishing tips we have the event for you.

Bass Pro Shops is partnering with Keep America Fishing to bring you two weekends of tips and educational seminars.

 This event is for WHOLE family, on Sept 22,23,29 and 30 we have a beginning fishing for kid’s workshop at 12-1 pm taught by our Pro-Staff team to get your lil’ minnows fishing. After they learn to cast be sure to let them paint a fish sun catcher from 1-3 pm.

 

Have you ever wondered where do the fish in our lakes come from?

Sept 22

2 pm   Fish Hatcheries- Where do these fish go?                                                                                        TWRA will be onsite to tell us how they operate their hatcheries and their importance in keeping our lakes stocked.

 3 pm     Select the Right Baits for the fall season.

 

Sept 23

2 pm    Knowing your Lakes and Streams for Fall Fishing

3 pm    Changing Water Condition and Finding Fish

 

Sept 29

2 pm    Knowing your Lakes and Streams for Fall Fishing

3 pm    Electronics and Finding Fish

 

Sept 30

2 pm   Fish Hatcheries- Where do these fish go?                                                                                        TWRA will be onsite to tell us how they operate their hatcheries and their importance in keeping our lakes stocked.

3 pm   Fall Fishing Tips from the Pros

 

 Fall Fishing Event

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Bass Pro Shops: A Family Business

August 24, 2012.....a day I won't soon forget. Myself, along with 11 other members of my "family" were invited to join the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bristol, TN Bass Pro Shops. I say "family" because these are members of my Bass Pro family. Below is a picture of my "family" and me along with John L. Morris, owner and founder of Bass Pro Shops.

John L. Morris and part of the family from BPS #29

 

 

We all met at our store in Sevierville, TN at 4:30 am to travel the 1 1/2 hours to our destination...exit 74B. I think we were all somewhat nervous but very excited at the same time. Only a very few of my family members had ever been a part of something like this and I surely wasn't one that had!

The usual attendees were expected; John L. Morris, owner and founder of 58 Bass Pro Shops across the country and Canada and legendary fisherman Bill Dance of Bill Dance Outdoors. Jaimie McMurray, driver of the Bass Pro Shops #1 racecar, Richard Childress and Ty Dillion were also on hand for this ceremony.

I was completely blown away by the kindness and generosity of EVERYONE there! Dignitaries that were present talked to us "little people" like they had known us all their lives! The locals too!  People you would think would be a little on the "stuffy" side because of their powerful positions, were as kind and genuine as can be. I have honestly never met a group of nicer people anywhere.

One of my "sisters", Vickie, and I were posted at the media table to hand out hats, posters, raffle tickets and "media stuff". Our first visitor was a older gentleman who walked up to the table, took his cap off and threw it in the trash can nearby. He proceeded to take a Bass Pro cap and place it on his head and proclaimed, "That's better!"

We had catered Catfish, grilled chicken, cole slaw and potato salad with Ice Tea to drink. It was divine!

I wanted to share my day with you because of one reason; the opportunities that have been put before me and my "family" here at Bass Pro. I can honestly say that I have NEVER in my life (and that's a long time!) worked with a company that presented me with more opportunities to learn and experiences to share than right here at Bass Pro Shops Sevierville, TN. I have been with BPS for almost 7 years now and I can't think of any other place that I would rather work. I have learned so much and have met so many people in my time here. It's a never ending thing! Every day I find something new to learn or see and look forward to learning and seeing every day.  I am proud to say that I am a part of the family here at Bass Pro.

My point being; it doesn't matter who you are or where you are, if your an associate at Bass Pro Shops....ANY Bass Pro Shops...you are family! I look forward to meeting my new brothers and sisters coming to the Bass Pro in Bristol next year.

 

See ya soon!
Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
BPS Sevierville, TN

 

 

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Fun with Fall Fishing Feeding Frenzies

I already know what you're thinking when reading the title of this Bass Pro Shops blog. Fall Fishing? It's August and the forecast calls for highs in the 80s over the next week! I know, I know, but you must admit that these cool nights and brisk mornings do create a sense of excitement in many fishermen anticipating the impending beginning of what can be a tremendous season for fishing! Autumn brings not only picturesque views and overwhelming scenery, but also opportunities for fishermen to land numerous quality bass during a time of schooling fish and buffet style feedings.

Fall Fishing Image

 

During the Fall, nights become longer, days become cooler, and slowly the water temperature follows triggering a time of transition for most species of fish. The key forage during this time of year is generally shad or minnow type eats and treats. The shad generally make their way slowly into the backs of creeks and wherever you can find bait, you generally find the bass nearby. Bass in most areas tend to essentially gorge themselves as the weather and water cools in preparation for the winter which creates an excellent chance to catch large quantities of fish as well as quality fish. Below, I will mention just a few of the most effective baits for the Fall season!

 

An increasingly popular style of bait to use during the Fall is the swimbait. This type of lure definitely mimics a shad visually better than any bait on the market and they are available in hardbaits, softbaits, lipped, slow sinking, fast sinking, prerigged, single hooked, and treble hooked! The options are vast just as the potential for your day on the water with one of these tied on and with the arrival of the Alabama Rig, Deadly 5 Shad Rig, and Yumbrella Rig, you may have many more than that on the end of your line! I have listed a few of my favorites of this bait below!

Berkley PowerBait Swim Shad    Bass Pro Shops Z9R Mini    Lake Fork Live Magic Shad    Bass Pro Shops Swimmer Kit

A second effective approach to targeting bass in the fall is using the tried and true method of cranking! A comforting fact about fall cranking is that the fish are generally much shallower in creeks and along creek channel breaks which allows for much less effort than throwing DD22s and 6XDs in the summer. Crankbaits mimic a wounded shad or minnow very well and can be fished rather quickly which allows a fisherman to cover more water during their day on the water. It is also common for the larger fish to feed below a feeding frenzy created by smaller fish and a crankbait can be ideal for targeting those fish at a specific depth. Lipless crankbaits are also very effective as they can be counted down to a specific depth and fished at various rates of speed. These baits are incredibly popular in the fall with the most commonly fished colors being chrome blue/black, silver, or bone. I have some great fall crankbait options pictured below!

Bass Pro Shops Nitro Crank - Medium    Strike King KVD Redeye Shad    Rapala DT Series Crankbaits    Bass Pro Shops Knocker Shad Kit

The last method of fall fishing that I will mention is definitely the most exciting and addicting way to catch any fish! I am, of course, speaking of the art of fishing topwater baits! This genre of lures continues to grow and although the majority of the topwater options available are hardbaits, softbaits, particularly soft frogs, are an ever growing trend. Topwater baits are fantastic for mimicking an injured baitfish slapping the water's surface and any active fish will surely be unable to resist such an easy meal! The strikes when fishing on top are always intriguing and exhilarating, but don't forget to wait when setting the hook or applying pressure or your bait will almost definitely be yanked out of the predator's jaws! Below are just a few of my favorite fall topwater options available here at Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro Shops Slim Dog    Strike King Sexy Dawg    Smithwick Devil's Horse    Bass Pro Shops XPS Topwater Kit

 

These are just a few options that are appropriate for Fall fishing. I advise every angler to take advantage of this beautiful season with the mild temperatures and aggressive fish feeding behaviors!  Each person has an approach that works and gives them confidence and I encourage all of you to find that pattern this Fall!

 

Tight Lines,

Gary G. Garver

Fishing Team Lead

Kodak, TN

Bass Pro Shops

 

 

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Bass Pro Shops Hometown Festival!!!

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We all try to hold on to every last bit of summer; the pool, sun, fireworks, camping, hiking- just being outside. And before we know it school starts back, and vacation and playtime seems to be put on back burner. But we do have one last chance to enjoy our family and make lasting memories….LABOR DAY!!!!

 

This year Bass Pro Shops will be celebrating that last blast of summer with The Hometown Festival!!!

 

The Hometown Festival will be September 1-2, loaded with fun family activities, and the best part it’s FREE.

 

The kids will enjoy our Net-a-Fish Game, Metal Detector Treasure Hunt, Bean Bag Toss, Casting Buckets, Face Painting and oh yeah, crafts. Who am I kidding? I love that stuff too.

 

Just like your hometown fair we will have food samples, product demos and FREE HOT DOGS from 1-3 pm.

 

We will show you all the trends for the fall fashion season in our Fashion Show in front of the aquarium at 2 and 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Make sure you sign up for our Gift Card Giveaways.

We will give away three $25 gift cards each day (September 1-2) just for being at the store.

 

Take advantage of our Pro Staff and knowledgeable associates as they bring you the seminars that will help with your own last blast of summer.

 

Saturday

      1 pm        Smokin’ and Grillin’

      3 pm        Power vs. Finesse Fishing

Sunday

      1 pm        Dutch Oven Cooking Techniques

      3 pm        Smokin’ and Grillin’

 

So don’t get out those pumpkins and hay bales just yet. Come on in and enjoy the rest of YOUR summer here with us at The Hometown Festival- Bass Pro Shops, Sevierville, TN.

 

 

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Camo Auto Accessories

 I've got just the right stuff to help you out.

I have steering wheel covers, seat covers, air fresheners, various decals, stainless steel emblems, windshield decals, hitch covers, license plates and frames, windshield sunshades, key chains, rearview mirror hangers, seatbelt covers and lastly floor mats.

Browning, Bone Collector, Redhead, Mossy Oak, Ducks Unlimited and RealTree seat covers are all universal..

Browning  bucket seat covers start at $39.99 for the single bucket seat. The 2 pack bucket seat is $59.99, the bench seat is $44.99 and the single neoprene cover is $59.99. We do carry the pink Browning for the ladies and it is $29.99 for the single bucket seat. In the store we don't carry any of the other styles in the pink color.

Ducks Unlimited seat covers come in single buckey $34.99, 2 pack bucket $59.99, bench $44.99 and neoprene single bucket $59.99

Mossy Oak seat covers come in single bucket $34.99 and bench $44.99

Real Tree seat covers come in bucket single $39.99 and bench $44.99

Bone Collector seat covers come in single bucket $39.99, bench $44.99 and neoprene $59.99

Our Redhead seat covers right now only come in single bucket $39.99

 

We carry matching steering wheel covers in all the above brands. Browning has 4 different styles and Ducks Unlimited has 2 different styles while the others only offer 1 style each. These covers range in price from $12.99 (Pink Browning) to $24.99 (all Leather Browning).

But don't stop there! Your going to need floor mats to match, right? The front floor mats are $34.99 and the back floor mats are $12.99 and each comes in all the above brands. These floor mats are fully sizable with a simple snip of a pair of scissors.

          Air Fresheners   are $2.99             Signature Automotive Browning® Buckmark Automotive Air Fresheners

Bone Collector Air Fresherner $4.99    All of these come in Cinnamon, Vanilla,Pine, Citrus, Leather and Cherry.

You can get your matching key chains at $5.99 and $7.99 and various decals for the back window or your windshield.

Come see me, Deedee, at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville and I will help you pimp your car or truck.

 

Hope to see you soon!

Deedee

Camping Team Lead
Bass Pro Shops
Sevierville, TN
865-932-5600

 

 

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2012 Fall Hunting Classic

It is almost my favorite time of year- Bass Pro Shops 2012  FALL HUNTING CLASSIC!!!

The Fall Hunting Classic begins August 3, with The Preferred Rewards Night and goes thru August 19. It is 3 weekends full of savings, seminars from leading industry pros, Trade-In events, and more.

BPS Hunting University

On August 4, 2012,Bass Pro Shops Hunting University will begin at 1 pm with Slade Reeves from Team Primos speaking on Mastering the Art of Deer Hunting.At 2 pm Ryan Klesko, Co-Host of Hardcore Hunting TV will be speaking on Bowhunting Techniques and Scent Control.Then at 3 pm, Chris Ashley from Team Primos will be speaking on Mastering the Art of Deer Hunting.

 

 

 

The second weekend will be packed with things to do. We have daily specials starting on Friday and Saturday, Hunter Appreciation Weekend , Vendor Booths and ATV Test Drives.

ATV Test DriveSeminar Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Third and Final Weekend is dedicated to The Next Generation. August 17-19 From 12-5 pm bring out the family to play, learn and enjoy each other and the outdoors all for FREE. We will have Airsoft Target range, Paintball Cage, Crafts, Youth Seminars, and a Free photo download.

Next Genreation Weekend

And how could I forget the Trade In Values???

It is definitely time to update your gear..... we have 3 trade in events just for you. Bring us your old bow,crossbow, scope, binoculars and range finders, and get a coupon toward the purchase of a new one. (See dates listed below for each trade-in event)Trade In Events

Now do you see why I love the Fall Hunting Classic????

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Treasure Hunting

Whether your into "treasure hunting" or just want to see what's in the ground, you need to stop by Bass Pro Shops and check out our selection of metal detectors. We have 6 different styles to choose from. Starting at the childs level and going all the way to the "big time".

Bounty Hunter Junior  $59.99 Extends from 20" to 27". The Junior is ideal for any kid that wants to get into metal detecting.

Bounty Hunter Challenger $129.99 Ideal for beginners. 2 modes of operation. Easy to read analog meter. Detects all metals through dirt, rock, wood and mud.

 Bounty Hunter Lone Star  $209.99 LCD display and 3 modes of operation. Ideal for coin shooting, relic hunting other general items.

 

Teknetics Delta $279.99 2 digit numerical target ID system. 3 modes of operation. Overload alarm system. Backed by Teknetics 5 year warranty.

Bounty Hunter Camo LS  $369.99 Dual mode LCD display and 4 modes of operation. Built for all seasons and all conditions. This is a true professional treasure hunters tool.

Teknetics Gamma $499.99 2 digit target ID system. 3 modes of operation. Raised coil alarm. Backed by Teknetics 5 year warranty.

Come see me and I can get you started in your treasure hunting adventure.

Happy Hunting!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops

 

 

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Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

Some people think that just because they are camping, they can't have the same meals as they would if they were at home. That's simply not true. I'm going to share with you a simple but VERY delicious recipe for an dutch oven Apple Crisp. So, go put those S'mores makins back in the container and let's have a REAL dessert!

First, your going to have to get your campfire going good and then let the coals smolder. Be sure to preheat your dutch with about 11 or so coals underneath it.

Now the ingredients for the best Apple Crisp you've ever eaten.

6-8 cups of sliced apples
3 cups of Bisquick
2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup milk
!/2 cup water
6 tablespoons of shortening or cooking oil

and of course;
charcoal (30 briquets or so)
dutch oven

If you brought along shortening, put it in a small metal pan or cup near the fire so it can melt.
While your waiting for your coals to burn down and smolder, peel your apples.

When your oven is hot enough, spread the apple slices on the bottom of the oven evenly and pour in your half cup of water. Sprinkle your cinnamon and sugar on top of that and replace the oven lid, adding 19-20 coals on top of the lid.

In a bowl, add the Bisquick, milk, eggs and melted shortening (or cooking oil if that is what your using). Mix thoroughly.

Very quickly (to retain the heat in the dutch oven) drop the batter one spoonful at a time on top of the apples and sugar being careful to NOT spread it out and then sprinkle some cinnamon on top of that.

Replace the lid and the 19-20 coals on top of it.

Check in 5 minutes to see if a crust is already forming on top. If it is, then your oven is too hot and you'll need to remove some of the coals from the top.

Check in 10 minutes and if a crust is forming lightly, then your temperature is just right. If there is no crust, then add more coals to the top.

Check in 20 minutes. If your crust is slightly browning, then your ok. If it is dark brown, remove some coals and if there is no browning, add some coals to the top.

In about 30 minutes, your Apple Crisp should be done. Check it by inserting a toothpick into the center of the crust. If it comes out clean, it's ready to be devoured!

Tips;

After eating your food cooked in your dutch oven, remove  scraps and clean your oven properly.

If there are leftovers, replace the lid on the oven and in the morning you can reheat it over the fire for some breakfast.

You can use any type of fruit for the filling. However, if your using canned or frozen fruit, don't add the water.

You can also make this same recipe in your oven at home.

 

I hope you give this a try while your camping and if you do, come by Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville and let me know how it turned out. I won't mind at all if you bring me a piece of it so I can see first hand how good it is! :)

 

Hope to see you soon!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Bass Pro Sevierville

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WELCOME ABOARD OR TONIGHTS TOP TEN LIST!

 Tahoe

 

 

So you are ready to purchase that new boat but you are not quite sure what you need or will be the perfect fit for you and your family. Here are a few thoughts and ideas you might consider before making that final decision.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Who is going or how many people will be with you on the boat?

2. What type of boat are you looking for? 

     Fishing?  Pleasure? Skiing/boarding/tubing?

3. What kind of boat have you owned before, or do you own currently?

4. What is your budget, or what can the family afford to pay monthly?

5. Do you have specific wants or needs in your new boat? (Aluminum/Fiberglass/type of construction)

6. What is the monthly or yearly insurance going to cost for the new boat?

7. How high of a performance rating (speed or skiing) do you want or demand?

8. What do you see yourself doing with this boat 90% of the time?

9. What type of fishing do you intend to do with the new boat? (Bass/Crappie/Walleye/Panfish etc)

10. Who else factors in your boat buying decision? What are their needs?

If you consider these points before making your next boat purchase along with what is important to you and your family you will make the right choice, and have many years of family fun and safe boating on the water. We are here to help you make the right purchasing decision and answer any questions you may have and we enjoy helping you too! You can write me at rbbarton@basspro.com and I will be glad to help you get out on the water this season! Sincerely, Rob Barton-Tracker Boats Sales Lead

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Yeti Coolers

If your in the market for a new cooler, then you HAVE to check out the line of Yeti coolers we have here at Sevierville Bass Pro Shops. We have the 45qt Yeti Tundra  and the 65qt Tundra in white or tan, but could probably get you a different size if you needed it.

Let me start out by saying that Yeti backs their products with a 5 year "Don't Worry" warranty. These coolers are the LAST cooler you will ever need to buy. They are certified bear proof, have hinges, latches and handles that will never break. Besides that, they have a Vortex drain system, a non slip bottom, tie down slots and integrated lip grip handles that stay close to the body of the cooler and out of your way. Yeti's also have thick walls for maximum ice retention and is dry ice compatible.

 

What's the worst thing about the cooler you have right now? Is the biggest problem that it doesn't keep your ice for days on end? Let me share a few tips with you on how to solve that problem;

 

First off, you need either a white or light colored cooler. These colors absorb less heat like from the sun. Less heat means more ice for longer periods of time.

You'll want to pre-cool your Yeti cooler. Do this using a sacrificial bag of ice to cool it down. You'll want your starting temperature to be at its coldest in order to retain this for several days. Use sub zero ice. It has a dry feel to it and doesn't melt as quickly and/or easily.

Often times, it's better to freeze or at least prechill the items going into the cooler ahead of time to add even more  coldness in the cooler.

Fill your cooler with as much ice as possible and avoid any air pockets. Air pockets tend to aid in the thawing of the ice. Some professionals even take up air space by adding newspaper wads or even rolled towels to it.

There are 2 different shapes of ice to use in your cooler. There is block ice and cube ice. The best way is to use a mixture of both types. Block ice melts slower and cube ice will cool the cooler temperature quicker but also melts more quickly. 

Try not to drain the water from your cooler until the end of your trip. This water is oftentimes just as cold as the ice and will help in keeping the temperature inside at  it coldest.

Lastly, limit your cooler access. The more times you open it up, then the more times your are allowing cold air to escape and warm air to enter.

Come on by and check out our Yeti coolers.  I promise you it will be an investment you won't regret.

I look forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have about the Yeti's or any other product we sell here. Just ask for Deedee!

 

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