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

Friday, January 11, 2013

Someone Is Fishing

Today I was glad to see that someone is getting out on the water.  Ian and Charity Rutter are apparently fully enjoying the more relaxed winter season and took a break from guiding by getting some fishing in for themselves.  The highlight of the trip was a beautiful brown caught on a.............drumroll........dry fly!!!  Yep, browns on dries in January.  It doesn't get much better than that...  With any luck I'll get out in another week or so but in the short term, my prospects look bleak.  At least I can enjoy reading about others' trips!


  1. Beautiful photo. I don't think you're going to find any fish on a dry around here.

    1. Howard, now you've just motivated me to find some fish on dries. I need to figure out a way to melt the ice off of Boulder Creek first though...

  2. Replies
    1. Kevin, I believe it was on a Thunderhead.

  3. Thanks for sharing another fishing story, Dave. Even though it wasn't you or I doing the fishing still nice to see others enjoying their time on the water. What is a Thunderhead?

  4. Mel, a Thunderhead is a dry fly that originated in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and is very popular in TN and NC. Its basically a heavily hackled Adams that uses a white calf tail wing in place of the hackle tips so it floats better in the heavy pocket water of the mountain streams. Definitely an awesome pattern!!!



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