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, November 02, 2010


We haven't had a poll in quite a while here at the Trout Zone, but I finally fixed that.  The poll is simply asking what water type you do most of your trout fishing on.  I'm curious what type of fishing most of the readers here do.  I spend more time on freestone streams personally but not by too much.  I make it out to the tailwaters often as well.  You can only choose one option on this poll, so if you have a close second then leave a comment explaining that...


  1. Here in Derbyshire we have both spring fed rivers and streams together with spate rivers, like your freestone rivers only smaller. Tail waters are rare, there is one below Ladybower reservoir that is available on a day ticket. It is not subject to the extremes of water levels that you can experience in the USA and really is a freestone water (it is full of brown trout and escapee rainbows). If "spring creek" means a moving watercourse that is mainly spring fed then I have voted for the right one. ("Two Great Nations divided by a common language...")

    BTW your blog is very enjoyable indeed!

  2. Me, I'm a lake kind of guy, for the most part, anyway.


  3. tailwaters, hands down. we just have so many great tailwaters in Colorado, 'cause we is thirsty folks in this here high desert. Cheesman canyon, Elevenmile canyon, the Dream Stream, the Taylor, the Fryingpan, the Williams Fork, Stagecoach, the Thompson in Estes Park, hell even Chatfield.

    I would love to do more fishing on spring creeks, but we have none to my knowledge, and Montana is a ways...

  4. Regular Rod, I'm jealous of all the spring creeks you have access to. I would like to spend more time on them but we have very few here in Tennessee.

    Mark, we don't have many trout lakes here in Tennessee but I always enjoy fishing stillwaters when I head out west.

    Shaun, you are fortunate to live in such an amazing state. I always enjoy my trips out there immensely and hope to get the opportunity to live somewhere in CO someday. There is a spring creek on the west slope somewhere near Basalt that is a tributary of the Roaring Fork. Unfortunately I believe it is all private water but if you have some extra $$$ it might be worth looking into. I have never fished it personally but have heard great things about it.

    David Knapp



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