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, July 19, 2010


Yesterday I tried out one of my striper spots with a couple of buddies. The fishing was slow to say the least. With nothing better to do I stuck with it until it was quite late. Finally, something hit like a freight train. After a relatively short fight, I had a small striper in for a couple of pictures. I'm still trying to figure out what I was thinking during the picture...probably something along the lines of, "Really??? I drove here for this little fish?" It must have been too late to be thinking clearly though because I always appreciate my time on the water regardless of the fish I catch...

Trevor Smart Photograph


  1. Nice fish. It is a lot bigger than what I usually catch.

  2. One is always better than skunked.


  3. Thanks Terry. I'm normally not all that picky about the fish...

    Mark, I definitely have to agree with you on that one...

  4. Just want you to know, after reading several of your posts and checking out your photos on picasa, you are living my dream dude. I am really looking forward to having the freedom, financial and otherwise, to pursue fly fishing the way you do. Enjoy it man!

  5. Nice fish! It's a good catch, you're very lucky!

    Well, let me share with you guys my thoughts. Rivers and other bodies of water should always be maintained clean and well preserved. When I heard about the rehabilitation of Ogden River, wherein Gadi Leshem is the consultant of the project, I was so relieved. Thanks for sharing your fishing experience, David!



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