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, June 24, 2014


Right now I'm feeling thankful for several guided trips that are keeping me busy as well as more trips coming in.  If you are hoping to get out on the water with me in the next month, book as soon as possible to make sure you get the date you are looking for.  To book a guided trip, please visit the Trout Zone Anglers contact page or email me at

Fishing in the Smokies has been good but not great.  Fish are steadily eating the usual summertime favorites including terrestrials, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones, and Isonychias.  If you are fishing terrestrials, don't overlook ants, beetles, and inchworms as good options.  Hoppers are rarely important in the Smokies as very few end up in the streams.

The tailwaters are fishing well.  We are booking float trips on the Caney Fork for July now and expect good conditions for float trips with a nice mix of low and higher water.  This allows for anglers to throw nymphs and dry/droppers part of the day with hoppers, deep nymph rigs, and streamers becoming more important the other times.  The variety is nice and will keep anglers on their toes.  Crowds are out in force so plan to book your trip for a weekday as we are avoiding the river on weekends if at all possible.

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