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

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Why I Love the Gunnison River

A nice Gunnison Gorge brown trout I caught back in 2009. Photo by Trevor Smart.

Those of you who have read my blog for a few years know that I love the Gunnison River. My favorite stretch is the Black Canyon and Gunnison Gorge but even the freestone water above Blue Mesa Reservoir is awesome.

Now, there is a great short film out that highlights why this river is so awesome. Check out my video post on Wide Open Spaces (WOS) to see this river. Here is just a quick teaser: all the big fish were caught on dry flies!

Also, please help me out with my freelance writing by clicking on the "share" buttons on the article (not the ones on the video but the ones on the WOS page just under the featured image at the top) and sharing them on your social media. Thank you for the help and support. Enjoy the video!


  1. Unfortunately, I've never fished the Gunnison even though I went to school at Western State. We always chose to fish the Taylor, but I know what I've been missing. It's been on my list of go-to places for quite awhile. Gorgeous fish David.

    1. Howard, if I had gone to school at Western State there is a good chance I would have flunked out of college, It would have been nearly impossible for me to focus on my classes with all of that great water nearby!

  2. Awesome fish! Thanks for sharing. We make an annual pilgrimage to fish the Gunnison Valley and hard to beat it! Definitely recommend it to those that have never been.

    1. You are lucky to get to go every year. If I had my way I would be out there multiple times a year or even just move to Gunnison or Montrose.



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