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, December 06, 2011

Out Shooting Again

A new Canon 550D (Rebel T2i) found its way to my house this week, and I'm ready to start taking pictures again.  Naturally I plan on being very careful with the new toy and to not flip any canoes while it is on board.  Hopefully I will be out shooting in the next day or two, and with a bit of luck I'll be out fishing soon as well...


  1. We await your artistic endeavors.


  2. Next time you do flip it into the water and are looking for a replacement, how about considering the Olympus E-5?

    It isn't an underwater camera but it is certainly very splashproof...

    Anyway, it is good to know we can look forward to more of your excellent imagery!

    Regular Rod

  3. Regular Rod,

    I am sticking with the Canon because I already have extra Canon lenses...otherwise I would look into some other options.

    David Knapp

  4. A good set of lenses is reason enough to stay with your brand. Looking forward to the results again.

    Regular Rod



Subscribe to the Trout Zone Anglers Newsletter!

* indicates required