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

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Remembering Trips Past

Today, as I was thinking about my upcoming trip or trips, my thoughts turned to past trips to places like Colorado and Yellowstone. Some of my favorite memories have no photographic documentation unfortunately. Of course, it seems like having a camera around is the surest way to NOT have a memorable experience. Still, I've been fortunate enough to get many of my memorable moments documented. The large brown on the Taylor that was sipping PMD spinners at sunset, the day of catching big rainbows on the Gunnison, elk in Rocky Mountain National Park, and buffalo in Yellowstone. All of these together form some of my favorite memories of fishing trips past.

While thinking about past trips, I started looking back at some of my favorite pictures from past years. Here are a few examples of why I love to travel "out west:"

(All pictures not labeled as "David Knapp Photography" are by Trevor Smart)


  1. Hey David! I really enjoy your photos, both old and new, and am looking forward to seeing the ones you take on your upcoming adventure. I spent the summers of my youth (the 50's & 60's) in MT and WY, but at that time cameras were not something you took fishing with you. But believe it or not...we did have pen & paper! Just last week I discovered a musty old journal that I had hidden away, and in reading it re-dicovered a truth about fishermen. We do tend to exagerate a bit. Seems that I didn't catch quite as many as I thought, nor were they as big as I remembered. Oh well, it was fun reading it anyway.

  2. Love the photos that you take they are truly beautiful and I really enjoy reading your blog, you really have a beautiful place there. Some nice catches as well.

  3. Those are some great looking fish and some wonderful sounding memories. It's no wonder we are addicted to the sport. Great post.



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