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, June 19, 2010

Different Summer

As many of you know, some or all of my summers are usually spent "out west," usually meaning Colorado but also including parts of Utah, Wyoming and Montana. This year is definitely a change of pace for me. Travelling is getting too expensive so I took a summer to stay close to home with a focus on trying out some fishing opportunities I normally don't enjoy enough. So far, I've backpacked into Deep Creek (report coming soon), explored some Plateau streams that I don't normally fish much, and experimented with float tubing local lakes. As the summer continues, I have plans to do at least one more pack trip and possibly two. Also I'll be floating some area rivers as well as heading to upper east Tennessee at some point to fish the South Holston and Watauga. These rivers are not the Green, or Gunnison, or Madison, but it is definitely better than nothing and in fact far better than most people give them credit for.

Hopefully next year will bring a return of my annual pilgrimages west. Until then, I'll enjoy a different summer of more thoroughly exploring my local options...

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