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, February 11, 2014

March is the Month

I've caught many nice browns over the years.  March and April have been particularly kind to me when it comes to catching big browns in the Smokies.  Here is one really nice brown from Little River from March a couple of years ago.

The best part about this fish?  I didn't actually catch it.  Well, not exactly anyway.  For those that have not read the story, go back a couple of years in time and check out this old blog post.   It is one of the crazier fishing stories I've ever been a participant in.


  1. Cool story, David. The link sent me to the wrong archived blog post... but I figured it out. ;)
    I had an experience last summer hooking a 4" Green Sunfish on a popper and having a 5 lb bass come out of nowhere to try and eat it. It was fun playing that hawg for a few seconds until he realized his meal was putting up too much of a fight and spit it out.

    1. Thanks for the heads up on the link Jay! Hope I've got it fixed. That would be pretty cool to see with bass. I've watched bass busting bait and can only imagine what it would be like if that "bait" was on the end of my line...



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