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

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Weekend In Pictures

I did the tailwater thing again this weekend and found some decent fish. Things are not exactly on fire, probably due to the continued pleasant fall weather. Clear days and nights with temps reaching the low 70's during the day is nice, but I would much rather get some nasty weather sometime soon. Hopefully I'll get away from the tailwaters soon as well. The Smokies have been calling my name again and despite the fact that a front will be moving through just before the weekend, I might make an effort to get up there at the end of the week...

Anyway, without any further rambling, here's a few pictures from the weekend...


  1. hey just wanted to say congrats! looks like you had fun, beautiful pictures as well! i love looking at your blog seeing these photos, tennessee is on my to do list. not to sure when though busy with school in all. cant hardly find time just to make it up to the white mountians. one of these days, no fishing this week, had to visit family in southern az.

  2. Wow - looks like a good day indeed. Great browns, great pictures.

  3. Oh- great rainbows,too! :) I just got back from catching a mess of browns and they caught my eye first!

  4. Really beautiful colors on those fish!

  5. blueraiderfan5:18 PM

    Best fly fishing blog out there.

  6. Thanks for the kind words guys...the fish are definitely beautiful this time of year. I'm hoping to chase some more this next weekend somewhere but time will tell...

  7. Yeah man, tailwater fishing can be one of the most productive places to fish this time of year. I know I will be up in the mountains this winter...Winter is the best time to fly fish if you ask me.



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