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

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Big Brown

As many of you have probably noticed, I'm partial towards brown trout. There's nothing like a big brown being brought to the net for excitement. Probably it is the challenge they present since browns are notoriously spooky and often hard to catch. Today, while checking all my favorite fly fishing sites, I came across a picture of a monster over at the Trout Underground. When I say monster, I'm talking about a fish that could just about swallow the first section of a four piece rod, most likely with the reel still attached. It is fish like this that keeps my going back, hoping that someday it will be me...


  1. Hi David. I was planning to fish that area on the way back from Oregon this past October except for the driving rain (so hard, fast windshield wipers wouldn't work) and wind blowing 30 ot 40 mph. Damn near blew us off the road. Maybe next Summer.


  2. Hey David, thanks for the post--it's always great to see a pic of a Brown like that, what a beauty! There is something almost mythical about the big Browns...


  3. Anonymous9:24 AM

    David, Let's hook for another float after the water gets back down to around one generator.

    David P.

  4. David, I'm there...just let me know when. Unfortunately, if it keeps raining it may be awhile...:(

  5. Not to be rude, but that's not that big a fish. I was expecting something a bit bigger to make those headlines. My buddy and I have gotten 3 over 27" on the Caney this year and we haven't really fished it that much. Lots of fish in the 22-26" range.

  6. Cory, I understand what you are saying but you have to consider the river this fish was caught on. Browns are not as common in the first place, much less fish of this size... On a Tennessee tailwater, while it would be a good fish it definitely wouldn't be a monster...

  7. Reading more about the river, I see your point. In that case, that is a notable fish catch. My first though I was just a bit taken aback at how a fish under 30" made headlines. I saw a picture of a fish [hold your breath]44" and released taken from the trophy section on Watauga at night this summer on a jerkbait. It was was shown to me by a good friend. It's nice to know that fish like that can be produced by our rivers...I"m sure there's one approaching 40" in the Caney somewhere.



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