Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 3/23/2017
The fishing has been great lately! This spring has been phenomenal in the Smokies. Long hatches have produced dry fly fishing lasting for hours every day. The Caney Fork has been producing some great fish on high water.

In the Great Smoky Mountains, the spring fishing has started early this year. Quill Gordon (#12-#14) and Blue Quill (#16-#18) mayflies are starting to transition into Hendricksons (#12-#14). On foul weather days, the Blue-winged Olives (#18-#22) have literally poured off of the river. The recent cooler weather actually enhanced the dry fly fishing. The bugs have been having a harder time getting off of the water, so despite the cool water temperature, fish have been rising lazily through an extended afternoon hatch. Little Black Caddis (#18-#20) have been hatching well along with some Early Brown Stoneflies (#12).

On the tailwaters, the fishing has been decent to good. The Clinch is fishing well along with the Holston. The Caney Fork continues to be my river of choice, however. Streamer trips continue to produce and we are doing some high water nymphing as well. This is as good a time as any to have a shot at large rainbow and brown trout on this tailwater!

I still have some open dates for guided trips in April and May, but the calendar is filling fast. I've been turning away trips because people wait too long to book. Don't make that mistake!

Photo of the Month: Spring Is For Dry Flies

Photo of the Month: Spring Is For Dry Flies

About David Knapp



David Knapp grew up fishing middle and eastern Tennessee, especially the waters of the Great Smoky Mountains.  By the late '90s, he was delving into the tailwater game, learning the ins and outs of fishing midges and other bugs that are especially prevalent on rivers like the Caney Fork.  Starting in 2004, David has spent a considerable amount of time around the western United States, fishing in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.  In 2012, he moved to Colorado for a year and a half which allowed him to continue to gain additional skills and learn techniques from seasoned Rocky Mountain anglers.  Now, David has moved back to his home state of Tennessee and is guiding in the Great Smoky Mountains as well as on area tailwaters.  A relatively unknown destination that anglers will enjoy is the Cumberland Plateau warm water streams that offer pristine smallmouth and panfish opportunities and even the occasional musky.

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