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

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Brown Trout Mania

My favorite time of year is upon is, when the browns turn agressive and the temperatures start to turn chilly.  The next 4-5 months will bring some of my favorite fishing conditions of the year.  Cold weather will keep the crowds away, and I can roam my favorite waters in peace.  While most people spend the majority of the winter tying flies for spring and dreaming of hatches to come, I'm doing most of my dreaming and tying now and fishing when its colder. 

Lately I've been specializing in fall patterns, both for general trout fishing in the mountains and for chasing monster browns with larger than normal flies.  Today I tied my first articulated pattern and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The only problem with these articulated patterns is that the time required to tie them means that losing one will probably bring on a bout of depression....for a minute or two anyways.  Here is my first attempt at an articulated streamer, inspiration thanks to Kelly Galloup's SD...


  1. Nice looking fly you have there. I am hoping to get out and do some trout fishing in November myself.

  2. I would have to agree about fall/winter being my favorite time for trout fishing in peace.
    I would think losing one of those streamers would bring on a bout of profanity and cursing.

  3. David
    If I only had the patience to get that far along with a fly--I hope to get into the tying mode one day. By the way I was on the Caney Fork last weekend along with a mass of other individuals, and had no success. I saw lot of fish rising but no takes on anything. I did figure out they were taking the smallest of the midges on top, which I couldn't match--somewhat frustrating from the fishing point of view, but from the wildlife point of view, lots of deer and turkey.

  4. Bill, those super picky risers seem to like tiny midge dry patterns, at least when I've fished that hatch. I tie little #22 and #24 parachute patterns that the fish seem to like. Cream with brown hackle has always been a good producer for me...



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