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

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Current Poll

So far the overwhelming majority of you claim to fish even when the weather gets nasty. Based on my own observations, I know that this is not a good representation of the overall fishing population. For example, this past Sunday was a chilly day on the Caney. The number of fisherman on the river was definitely down from what it has been. Easily the majority of fisherman that were still out were fly fisherman which I found interesting. I'm not sure if that's always the case so I'll have to pay a little better attention from now on... Anyway, if you haven't voted yet in the poll, just look over to the right side of the page and let me know if you fish in the winter or not...


  1. Maybe it was the Titans game ;-)

  2. Maybe it's because only the hardcore visit your blog

  3. Steve, I wondered about the Titans effect...I was wishing that I could watch also but those large fish just kept me on the river...

    Foulhooked, I've wondered about that as well...I think that is largely true because I know a lot of people aren't on the rivers in the winter when I fish so I know that not everyone fishes in the winter...

  4. living in arizona makes year round fishing alot easier! plus az game and fish stalk the lower elivation rivers and lakes in the winter.

  5. Just found your blog and added it to my Reader. Looking forward to following and learning more (fly fishing newbie here).




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