Guided Trips


Things have changed a lot since the last report. Unseasonably warm weather has kicked off the first hatches of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains while an extremely wet February means all of the tailwaters are blown out across middle and east Tennessee.

If you want to fish in the Smokies, nymphs and streamers will be your best bet unless you encounter a hatch. In that case, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons should be in your arsenal as well as Blue-winged Olives.

For now, just forget about the tailwaters in the short term. continued rain means it will be at least another month before the tailwaters are fishable again. With luck, we can start thinking about some streamer float trips on the Caney Fork in mid to late March, although that may be optimistic. In the meantime, head for the mountains and enjoy chasing the wild trout there.

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Photo of the Month: Breaking Cabin Fever

Monday, January 14, 2008

Getting Ready

Spring is just around the corner and since I'm in school and unable to fish as much as I would like, I'm working on preparing for the next season by tying flies and planning trips. Just in time to help out with the preparation, James Marsh is adding some new material to his Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains site.

My favorite addition is definitely the new "Hatches Made Easy" section that is still being constructed on a daily basis. Many Smokies fisherman often stick to a few standard patterns and while they may do well most of the time, there's always slow times and of course, always the chance for improvement. Paying closer attention to what the fish are really keyed on will help improve your success on the stream...

1 comment:

  1. ijsouth10:49 PM

    Man, I'm having a hard time waiting for Spring already, especially since I know that, between now and then, I have a ton of work to do on the servers at the office. If I'm not in a padded cell by March, I'll have everything primed for another trip to the Smokies. The good news is, at least down here, there have been a lot of diversions to break up the time. We had the BCS title game (geaux Tigers), and believe it or not, we are well into the Carnival season - Mardi Gras is VERY early this year - two days after the Super Bowl. Once we get past that, there's a long stretch of February and on into March, but come the week after Easter, we'll be there, dappling dries for eager trout. It looks like the water levels will be great, at least compared to last year. All in all, a lot to look forward to.



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