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, January 01, 2015

Happy New Years

Happy New Years to everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic 2015 and make this your best fly fishing year ever.  My plan is to fish and travel more this year than ever before. What plans do you have?


  1. I plan to target nocturnal browns as much as possible. I've got the boat rigged for it and places in mind. Now time to build up mouse collection!

    1. Good luck Bryan! Add some sculpin patterns with big deer hair heads that push water. I've done great at night on patterns like a Madonna with a oversized head. The fish are often hunting on shallower flats adjacent to the deep water... Good luck! I'll look forward to reading about your adventures hopefully!

  2. I plan on continuing my quest to get you back to Colorado for a bit of creek fishing.

  3. Thanks David. Sculpin are definitely on the list! I'm looking forward to hunting flats and weed lines. I've got one river where you are just as likely to be hit by a northern pike as you are a big brown - double the fun.
    This didn't happen at night, but my fondest memory of a sculpin in action was on the Tuckaseegee above Dilsboro. I'd located some big fish while swinging plugs on an earlier trip. Went back with my heaviest fly rod and biggest sculpin. While stripping it across a prime spot I saw a torpedo of two-foot plus proportions come out to intercept it. There was no fight. The leader broke in the hookset.



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