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

Friday, May 15, 2009

First Time

Yesterday I took a friend fishing that had never fly fished before. He has been asking to go for a little while and I finally had a few hours free. We hit the small lake nearby that has been producing well lately in hopes of finding a few bluegill. First timers with a fly rod need agreeable fish and I was hoping that they would be hitting as well as they were a week ago.

We arrived to find a small crowd fishing and decided to walk down towards the dam to get away from everyone. I decided to start out on the same bank that was hot last week. After rigging up, I showed him the basics of casting. After a little experimentation he soon found the proper motion and was casting 20 -25 feet easily. About the time he really started casting well we moved on down to another spot. The fish were obviously not up feeding as shallow as they were last time so we decided to start exploring in hopes of finding the fish. The next spot produced a couple of fish really quickly for me and I started thinking that our luck might improve.

After working up and down the bank, I walked back past my buddy and threw in not far away. Almost immediately my line went tight and then my friend hollered. Looking over, I saw his rod bent as well. Quickly fighting my fish and coaching at the same time, I finally released mine and got out the camera to document the first fish he had ever caught on the fly rod. We took a couple of pictures and then released the fish to catch again another time...


  1. thank you David and, by the way, these pockets you told me are called "remansos" in Spanish.
    Have good fishing.

  2. Anonymous7:25 PM

    Nice first fish!



  3. There is always good fishing



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