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

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Tying Like Crazy

The next two days are going to involve a lot of fly tying. I have not really started preparing for my trip to Colorado as far as flies go so I need to catch up. Tonight I started on two dozen Copper Johns and did a test run of an epoxy mysis shrimp. I've already tied a few Charlie's Mysis and big salmonfly nymphs. Right now I want to tie up a dozen or so epoxy mysis patterns, two dozen Copper Johns, one-two dozen salmonfly adult patterns, and several more salmonfly nymphs. I also need to tie some hoppers and cicadas for the Green River. Thankfully my midge box is currently full so while I'll probably tie a few, I won't have to be stressing about that. Last but not least, I still have to crank out a few flies for targeting pike and maybe a few streamers for trout as well. Yep, I'm gonna be busy for a couple of days...

If I manage somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-8 dozen flies I'll be fairly happy...and of course there's always the picnic table tying sessions that are as much a part of these trips as catching fish is... In the next day or two I plan on posting some pictures of the flies I've been tying and maybe even give a couple of recipes. For those that are curious about the midges that do well out there, check back to my story about "Tiny Flies" including the micro-tubing midge.


  1. Where are you headed? I would also have some caddis pupa on hand.


  2. Juan, right now it looks like we're going to focus on the Taylor, Gunnison, and Green Rivers but will likely hit the Frying Pan and maybe the Roaring Fork as well...thanks for the tip on the caddis...I'll tie up a few of those as well.



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