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, June 06, 2011


...on cicadas!!!  I've been on the Caney for the past couple of days and likely to get out again another day or two in the near future.  The cicadas are on but definitely winding down now.  All this time I thought trout fishing was a blast, but now I sort of understand why some people get all excited about carp.  These fish were chowing down on cicadas on the lower river.  Here is one picture of a 30 inch carp caught during a float with David Perry.  Lots more to come over the next few days so stay tuned for more on the cicadas and the big browns, rainbows, and yes, carp that are tearing them up. 

David Perry Photograph


  1. Nice fish man. I have been meaning to target those guys but never have. I hear that they are a ball on the fly rod. Cant wait to see what else you caught. Nice work.

    J & M Flies

  2. DANG! Did you weight that toad?

  3. Great looking fish there, David. Those bad boys sure are fun and put a great bend in the fly rod. Nicely done.


  4. David
    I know that crap was a hoot on the fly----but I must tell you carp have to be the ugliest fish on the planet. Thanks for sharing

  5. Holy Carp!

    What a piggie. Are those river carp as slimy as their pond dwelling family members?

    Gotta try that on the fly sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  6. David,

    Great-looking carp, and on a dry fly no less! Some folks give carp a bad wrap, but they are big, strong fish, and usually more difficult to fool than trout--nice job!




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