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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What is the Craziest Thing You Have Caught While Fishing?

Help me out! I am working on an article on the question above. What is the craziest thing you have caught while fishing?

If you happen to have photographs that you would be willing for me to use, please let me know by emailing me at This is for a freelance article I'm working on so only offer images if you are okay with them being used for that purpose (commercially). Thank you!


  1. That ought to end up pretty interesting.

  2. A crocodile in 1969, which was immediately donated to the local Zoo (Riber Zoo) and kindly collected by a nice young lady from their reptile department, who confirmed it was a crocodile and not an alligator etc...

    It took a Matuka style fly (Ace of Spades) on a size 8 longshank Mustad hook and it weighed just over 8lbs. It was thought to have been originally bought as a little pet by someone thinking how nice it was and, when it got too big to play with anymore, was dumped in the local river system, from which it made its journey, hunting and feeding itself on the way. It is horrible to see such wild animals out of their natural surroundings, indeed out of their natural continent, never mind out of their natural country. To bring baby crocodiles to England and sell them as pets was a stupid, careless thing to do. Riber Zoo closed down some years ago, I wonder what happened to all its PRISONERS...


    1. Now that's a good fishing story! Too bad about the people dumping them in the river though.

  3. Not sure I can really say I caught this. I was fishing in the Sierra's and got my line caught in a tree. I snapped the line and my left over hook and salmon egg was dangling over the water from the over hanging tree. I went to go to another spot when all of a sudden I heard this blood curdling screeching sound. I ran back over to my previous spot and there hanging from my line was a bat. It had hooked itself by eating the salmon egg. What was even stranger was that this was in the middle of the day.



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