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 07, 2009

Spilling Water

With the abundance of rainfall, hydroelectric dams across middle Tennessee have begun spilling recently. Yesterday, my sister kindly stopped by Center Hill dam on the way to Nashville and took a few pictures for me. All of you that enjoy fishing the Caney Fork will be interested to see the river up and out of its banks. Currently, 5 out of 7 flood gates are open making for an impressive sight after the last few years of drought. Because of the ongoing repairs to the dam, TVA is trying to draw the lake back down to target levels. As a result, we can expect lots of water for at least the next month and probably until July. The benefit is that the fish that survive will be relatively untouched for awhile and will probably grow well with the high water. Much thanks to my sister, Amy Wren, for taking all of these pictures...


  1. Thanks for the pics, David. I don't think I've ever seen the flood gates open at any point in the past.

  2. Anonymous6:53 PM

    That's right....I took those pictures!!!!! :) You're welcome!

  3. hey david, how about you send some of that rain/water our way! :)
    cool pics.

  4. Anonymous5:31 PM

    Wow! I'm hoping to hit the Caney next weekend-doubt I will be able to wade, though. Maybe I should load my canoe????

    GREAT site David!
    Hope to fish with you again sometime!
    daniel in knoxville

  5. Daniel, I wouldn't fish the Caney until they quit spilling. It will be dangerous to boat or fish for awhile still. The water is way out of the banks at 20000 cfs... I'm thinking about a SoHo trip soon...shoot me an email if you're interested...



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