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

Friday, March 07, 2008

Good Water Year

The most recent water supply forecasts are out from the National Water and Climate Center and across the west, snowfall has been generally near to well-above average. This year should be great for fishing throughout the Rockies. I'm starting to work on figuring out how to have another trip to Colorado this year...wish me luck!


  1. You haven't bothered to invite us to go along, and you expect us to wish you luck getting back to the west?

    The nerve...

  2. TC, you're always welcome to join us for fishing. I wouldn't want to offend you because someday, I hope to make it out to CA (have family in Sacramento) with a fly rod at which point I'll be begging for at least some pointers on where to go and what shop will hook me up with some good info. The Shasta area is beautiful but I've only been able to drive through on the Interstate and haven't ever been around with time to fish...

    Are you going to make any trips this year? How about TN? You're buddy Ian Rutter has been reporting some decent dry fly action on his site and I figured that would get your attention...



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