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

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Light and Trout

As you probably already know just from a quick glance at the Trout Zone, I enjoy photography almost as much as I enjoy fly fishing which happens to be quite a lot. Finding that perfect shot where light and subject combine to create magic is nearly as fun as catching a nice trout. Sometimes, though, the two combine.

That is what happened the other day and I didn't even know what I had until I got home and looked at the pictures on my computer. Most pictures end up not quite as good as you remember the scene in real life. This time, however, I was definitely pleased with the result. When I snapped this picture I was just in the middle of taking several and had no idea what I had captured.

Rainbow Trout from Tremont

I love the mix of light in this picture. The below-water portion of the little rainbow trout blends in so well with the rocks that it is no wonder we have such a difficult time spotting fish in these rocky streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While I would love to take full credit for the way this picture turned out, sometimes the beauty produced by the camera is largely luck and this image definitely falls into that category. Either way, I'll enjoy remembering the smile on the angler's face during our guided fly fishing trip in the Smokies as he landed this beautiful wild rainbow trout.


  1. David
    I need to get much better with my images, and it starts with a better camera. Did you learn photography on your own, or take a class? What type camera are you using? Outstanding image---Thanks for sharing

    1. Bill, I have learned on my own. I read the manual on my camera (a Canon Rebel T2i DSLR) and learned a lot from that. Other than that, lots of practice and trial and error has taught me a ton. Thank you for the kind words about the picture! If you decide to upgrade to a DSLR camera, I would be glad to help you out in learning how to use it sometime.

  2. David your passions seem to be the same as mine, or mine and yours.
    I enjoy a great photograph. I agree the one posted is just that.

    1. Thank you and I agree! I believe we would enjoy sharing a stream sometime if the opportunity were ever to arise. Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words.

  3. Sometimes luck has the best "eye."
    Really interesting photo, definitely a keeper.

  4. Great shot David. I think that one is frame-worthy!

  5. Nice article. specially thanks David posting this helpful article. It's really best ever i seen. I think you are a great photographer.



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