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

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Small Stream Poll

If you have not done so already, please vote in the poll (on the right side of the page) on your favorite water type in a small streams. Most small streams are largely pocket water with the occasional large pool to break the pattern. Pocket water is probably my favorite type of fishing, but pools provide special opportunities as well. Sometimes the difference between the two can be blurred. On really small streams, the pools may be the size of most small pockets on a larger river. Still, the pools generally require a more stealthy approach than the pocket water regardless of size. Normally my preference is pocket water, but some days I just want to fish pools and hustle past all the prime pockets in the stream...really, it is all fun...

So, which do you prefer?


  1. I never do well in the big glassy pools on the truckee-- it would require me to re-rig my heavily weighted nymph rig with a tiny leader and tiny dry flies with droppers.

    I love fishing the big fast pools though

    that picture with the bridge intimidates me-- I suck at casting dries especially when theres a lot of brush around

  2. Hello,my name is Fernando from Spain. Your blog is very good, but sometimes I cannot understand with my poor English. Excuse me, but could you tell me what pocket water means?
    Thank you.

  3. Fernando, pocket water is the faster water with large rocks breaking the flow. The pockets formed behind the rocks nearly always have a trout or two living in them. In the pictures above, the first picture is pocket water and the last picture is the bottom end of a calm pool...

  4. you're poll's missing an option... runs

    I wouldn't fish that glassy pool either. but I'd rather fish a defined run leading into a pool than the pocket water.

  5. Small streams...the runs are pocket water...generally that is... Good point though! With your dry fly skills you would kill 'em on that particular glassy pool. If you haven't fished there, we need to hit it up this fall...



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