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

Monday, February 16, 2009

Poll: Tailwaters Vs. Small Streams

Our last poll was about the water type you normally fish. Now I'm wondering what types of reports you enjoy seeing and reading about. I fish tailwaters a lot because they are closer than the Smoky Mountains but I enjoy fishing in the mountains more because of the solitude. Let me know what your preference is. Do you like seeing pictures and stories of tailwater trout or smaller fish and scenery from the mountains? The poll is on the right side of this page so click on your choice and then the "vote" button...


  1. It is very difficult to choose, but if I had to do it I would choose fishing in the mountain because of the wonderful sights and the few places to put the fly ( in big rivers I think I have too much water to fish).
    But here where I live there is no problem because we are allowed to fish in mountain waters only from May to July, when the tailwater rivers are full and dangerous.
    Greetings from Spain. Fernando.

  2. Fernando, I prefer fishing in the mountain streams. I plan on doing it a lot more in the upcoming weeks so hopefully I'll have some good pictures of scenery...

  3. Oh man... going to abstain from this vote-- I like all three categories. I love seeing pictures of the pigs that you haul out of the tailwaters but the scenery of the mountains is unbeatable...

  4. Well yet another adventure in the deep mountain streams of the Southeast. The hunt for the elusive 'old grundy' continues as eager and dedicated followers of the craft search high and low in the forested backwaters. May the hunt yield a wealth of nature's treasure.

  5. In southern California we mostly fish tailwaters, because if you want to get on a good mountain stream your looking at a good 3-4 hour drive versus only a 1-2 drive at the most to get to over 15 different tailwaters. Keep up the work on the blog!

  6. John! You must join me on the search sometime...

  7. ijsouth6:05 PM

    No question, it's the small streams in the mountains.



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