Guided Trips


Unusually warm and wet conditions continue to prevail here in middle and east Tennessee. This upcoming weekend is looking like more rain and possibly even severe weather. The wind forecast is bad enough that I wouldn't bother going fishing until Sunday at the earliest unless you can go tomorrow.

In the Smokies, nymphing will be the name of the game, but don't be surprised to see some blue-winged olives from time to time. With all the high water, think streamers, big stoneflies, or worm imitations.

Tailwaters like the Caney Fork and Clinch are still rolling with a lot of water. Both rivers are over 10,000 cfs. While this is still fishable, I don't really recommend it. Flows this high are generally all about swinging for the fences if you feel like hunting a trophy. Many days it won't happen. Once in a while it will. Throw big streamers, hope for a shad kill, and get out there. Those big fish won't get caught if you're sitting home on the couch.

The Caney will produce decent fishing if we ever get flows back down at least a little. One generator would be ideal. Right now I'll even take two. Minimum flow looks a long ways off right now.

On the Clinch, you can throw streamers and also possible nymph up a few fish. If you pick your spots, there are places to nymph even on 12,000 cfs. Let's hope it gets back down to two generators or less soon. Every time we get a big rain event, look for some low water for a day or two or three. TVA will hold water back at tributary dams like Norris to reduce downstream high water effects. This gives those of us who like to wade a day or two to fish.

Winter is our favorite time to get on the musky streams. In between bouts of high water, those will be fishing well for the next few months.

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

Photo of the Month: Starting the Year Off Right

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. Anonymous1:15 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. Anonymous1:48 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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