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, April 05, 2011

Smallmouth Fishing Compromised

Those who enjoy fishing the Little Pigeon in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge for smallies may want to wait awhile before heading to the river.  Apparently there was a major sewage spill upriver at Gatlinburg...guess I won't be targeting smallmouth there anytime soon...


  1. That really sucks. When I lived in Knoxvegas, that was one of my favorite places to fish. I'm sure it will recover quickly... and as gross as it may be, sewage is far more natural, and easier for a river ecosystem to handle than something like the chlorine spill from the old Ogle's Waterpark. The Little Pigeon is strong, and it won't take long to recover.

  2. David,

    Not a good situation, but I doubt the effect will be noticeable. The volume of water in the river was very high so it should have been heavily diluted. Low water temperatures also kept any bacteria from growing quickly.

    Looks like they're getting sewage flows redirected so there may not be any adverse effects, but I suppose only time will tell.

  3. Sorry to hear about this. I had a favorite fishing hole next to a waste water treatment plant. At some point the plant sprung a leak so to speak and ruined my favorite fishing hole. That was 15 years ago. I have never been able to fish that area since although I do check often to see how it is or if it is open. Good luck!


  4. Ian,

    Thanks for the optimism. Its a good thing this happened during a period of relatively high water. Hopefully the bass will do fine and we can still enjoy catching them this year...

    David Knapp



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