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

Monday, December 28, 2009

Back Again!!!

Christmas in the Smokies 2009 is officially over. I had a great time hanging out with the family and even snuck out for a few hours of fishing but all good things must come to an end. The park streams were tough to fish most of the time due to very high water but I still managed to find fish. Sometime in the next day or so I plan on getting a complete report up, but in the meantime, here's a picture of Little River at Elkmont from Christmas day.


  1. Great Posts on site as of late. Has me wishing that we had brown that big in our local mountains. Just wanted to let you knoe that we switched the site Keep up the great writing I love to check out the site before work everyday.

  2. Nice pic. I was up along the West Prong a few days later.

  3. Even with this high water on your home tailwaters, we're catching fish. I've got a much better boat now that allows me to travel the river with ease. Do you want to hit up the Caney soon Dave? I've got a front deck that you can flycast from. I can spin from the back.

  4. Cory, I'd enjoy hitting the river with you sometime. I always like the opportunity to fish with people using slightly different techniques since it gives me ideas on new things to try with the fly rod... Shoot me an email (link on my profile) and we can discuss getting together sometime...



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