Guided Trips


Easter Weekend Update: The Smokies have been pounded with rain today and will feature high water through the holiday weekend. If you must get out and fish, wait until late in the weekend and be very cautious. Fish the edges and stay safe!

Otherwise...our early hatches are giving way to lighter colored bugs now. Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, Blue-winged Olives, March Browns, and Hendricksons have all been on the water at times. The huge Black Stoneflies are around now as well and providing some big bites for hungry trout. Sulfurs should be starting fairly soon, especially with all of the nice weather we are having. Little Yellow Stoneflies are just starting to show up now as well and will get much stronger as May approaches. The yearly pinnacle of spring dry fly fishing is quickly approaching!

Tailwaters are starting to fish well. The Caney Fork is still blowing a LOT of water. That should change fairly soon if we don't get too much rain. I'm thinking we might start seeing some opportunities in early May if things hold steady, maybe sooner. The Clinch has been fishing extremely well. Big hard fighting rainbow and brown trout are the target here on light tippets and tiny flies. Bring your A game or go home disappointed. Sulfurs should start to really take off shortly along with more caddis than we have already been seeing. On Tuesday's float, fish were taking a variety of bugs including midges, caddis, and the odd sulfur.

Warm water options are really taking off as well. That is assuming that flows cooperate. Big rain events will shut this down for a few days, but otherwise, everything is fishing very well right now!

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Photo of the Month: Early Spring Rewards

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

First Day on the Job

Yesterday was the first day at my summer job working for Little River Outfitters in Townsend, Tennessee. I’m going to enjoy working there. A lot of my time was spent doing the more mundane tasks of receiving shipments from some of our distributors and getting them out in the store. The most enjoyable part of working there though is being able to talk about something I love doing. I’ve always enjoyed fly fishing, and helping others with fly selection and offering advice on where to fish is about as good as it gets (and did I mention I get paid for this?).

Being able to go fishing in a mountain stream after work for wild trout ain’t bad either… As soon as I got off work I headed up Middle Prong to check out how the fish were doing. The fishing was very good with lots of bugs on the water near sunset. There were little yellow stoneflies both hatching and also out laying eggs. The big news from last evening though is that the large yellow stoneflies are out in force. I’ve never seen that many large bugs flying around at one time. As usual this time of year, just about anything yellow worked well including Neversink Caddis, a parachute Sulphur, and a yellow soft hackle. Because of the large stoneflies out and about, I’ll probably be somewhere up the East Prong this evening chasing some larger fish…wish me luck!

For now it looks like I’ll be working weekdays so stop by and see me…


  1. You got it - I'm wishing you luck, cuz I wanna see some more great photos like that one!

  2. ijsouth1:15 PM

    Great to meet you yesterday...we paid the price by not making it home until 0330...I'm going to have to figure something out to get some more sleep before/during these short trips to the mountains.

    BTW, what is considered "fairly high" up on Lynn Camp? We went up higher than we ever had yesterday during the "fish out", but I suspect that we should have gone a lot further - we would have done better. It's tough, with the girls being such flatlanders...they kept asking when we could stop and fish. We made it as far as a little wooden bridge on the trail, a little ways past where Marks Creek enters the stream.

    We saw some yellow sallies - not a blizzard of them but fairly impressive numbers, on both Cosby and Straight Fork on Saturday and Sunday evening.

  3. Thanks guys!

    Ijsouth, it was great meeting you as well. Hope to see you in the shop again this summer if you can make it up... About Lynn Camp, on that first day of the fish out there were some guys that went WAY up there and they were the first 3-4 to get in so even if you had kept going you would eventually have been fishing "used" water. Honestly, I never go very high before fishing. If you want to get beyond the usual day fisherman, you've got to get up well above Panther Creek... For what its worth, I generally plan on 4 miles on any given park stream to leave 99% of all other day fisherman behind.

  4. That previous comment should read that I never go very high before fishing Lynn Camp. Most other streams I hike awhile...

  5. ijsouth1:48 PM

    Gotcha...I was prompted to ask by a comment Daniel made in the shop - he asked if we had made it as far as the Panther Creek trail. Actually, as I think on things, we really don't have to hike much on most of the streams we fish. You can start catching brookies right out of the parking lot at Cosby, although this last time we did hike a little bit to the higher sections. Straight Fork has road access along a big section of its length, and beyond the road there's no trail.

    It's hard for us to hike much - there's no way for the girls to prepare for it, given that, as I type this, I sit a massive 15ft above sea level. I can do a lot more of that when I'm up there by myself (I usually get up there alone once a year, at Thanksgiving). The first time I fished the park, I went to Cataloochee, and I must have hiked about 10 miles that one day - I hiked far more than I fished.

    Hope to get back up soon...hopefully before the 4th of July weekend. I think we'll hit Road Prong this next trip.



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