Fly Fish the Little River

first_imgWednesday marked the official first day of spring for 2013, which can mean many things to the outdoor enthusiast. It could mean spring cleaning – not the carpets and bathrooms, mind you, but the gear shed and the tents. It could mean breaking out the mountain bike and making sure the brakes still work – recommended before your first ride. Or it could mean the beginning of another fly fishing season if you don’t have the stomach for winter fishing – it’s ok, few do. The weather has been up and down in March and the fishing has been spotty with high flows and blown out streams. Just when you thought it was safe to get on the water, another winter storm blew in and ruined everything. Late March and early April is the prime window for early season trout hunting, so the time for excuses is over. The time to fish is now.If you have spent the past couple of weeks opening rod tubes and taking fly inventory, head down to your local river this weekend and wet a line. Even if the water conditions are not ideal, you’ll still have the chance to whip the rod around and make sure you still have what it takes when the hatch comes. Who knows, you may even see some dry fly action once you settle in.We recommend you hit the Little River outside Townsend, TN and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Roadside river access and an abundance of species – including big browns, rainbows and smallmouth on the lower sections – means it’s a near can’t-miss fishing opportunity. Obviously, that’s an overstatement, but you’ll have fun either way.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Verona hold on for win over Cagliari after VAR controversy

first_imgVerona: Verona scored twice in the first half hour but had to hang on for a 2-1 win over Cagliari on Saturday as Serie A produced a VAR controversy on its first day of action since the coronavirus stoppage. The hosts appeared to be cruising to a win thanks to a brace from Samuel Di Carmine until forward Fabio Borini was sent off in the 35th minute for a late challenge on Marko Rog following a long VAR review, infuriating the home team. Giovanni Simeone quickly pulled one back but the visitors could not find an equaliser. Former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga, who replaced Rolando Maran as Cagliari coach days before Serie A was suspended for three months in early March, finally made his debut in charge of the struggling Sardinians but could not prevent them extending their winless run to 12 matches in the league. Promoted Verona, who have performed far above expectations this season, climbed to seventh with 38 points. Earlier, Torino and Parma drew 1-1 in the first match of the restarted season. Torino captain Andrea Belotti had a penalty saved in a 1-1 draw at home to Parma as Serie A finally resumed following a three-month coronavirus stoppage on Saturday. Nicolas Nkoulou headed struggling Torino ahead in the 15th minute and the Cameroon defender celebrated the first Serie A goal since the restart by taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. AgenciesAlso Watch: Another 1050 Bedded Quarantine Centre Ready in Guwahatilast_img read more