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!
Guided Fly Fishing
As a long time angler and educator, I bring both the fly fishing knowledge required for a successful outing as well as the teaching skills to help you improve as a fisherman. Trips can be tailored to just about any skill level and ability. Teaching new fly fishermen is one the most rewarding aspects of my work. Seeing the smile on someone's face after catching their first fish on a fly rod never gets old.
Veteran anglers will also enjoy a day on the water with me in the Smokies. I specialize in teaching the high-stick techniques that are so crucial to success in the freestone streams of the Smoky Mountains. If you are wanting to add some dynamic nymphing techniques to your arsenal, contact me about a day on the water. If you feel that you have mastered nymphing and dry fly presentations in the Smokies and want to try something new, a day fishing streamers in the Park might be just the thing. Contact me at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com to discuss your skill set and expectations before planning on a day of streamer fishing.
In addition to the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains, I also guide on the Caney Fork River offering float trips in a beautiful drift boat or walk/wade trips and several warm water rivers and streams as well. Contact me at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com to set up a trip today!
RATES (Other Trip Options and Their Rates at Guide Site Above)
Full Day Trips
Wade Trips Float Trips
$300 - 1 Angler $375 - 1 Angler
$325 - 2 Anglers $395 - 2 Anglers
Half Day Trips
Wade Trips Float Trips
$200 - 1 Angler $275 - 1 Angler
$225 - 2 Anglers $295 - 2 Anglers
Wader and Boot Rental: $15
Wader Only Rental: $10
Boot Only Rental: $5
Half day trips include flies and drinks. Full day trips include flies, lunch, and drinks. You should bring any gear of your own that you prefer to fish with as well as all wading equipment. I do have a limited selection of wading gear available for a small rental fee. Other items to bring include a camera, a hat, good polarized sunglasses, and rain gear. In general, trips will not be cancelled just because it is raining unless there is a legitimate safety concern.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to save your trip. Upon booking, your spot will be held for up to 72 hours. If the deposit has not been paid by that time, your reservation will be cancelled. The remainder of the booking fee is due a minimum of 48 hours prior to the trip. You may choose to pay the full guide fee at the time of booking.
We reserve the right to cancel any trip for reasons of weather-related safety. The decision will usually be made with the client's input. In the event that we cancel the trip for weather-related reasons, you can either receive a full refund or apply the money to a future trip. Trips cancelled by the client at least 14 days prior to the trip are eligible for a complete refund minus a $15 processing fee. Any cancellation less than 14 days before the scheduled trip will result in loss of the deposit. Cancellations inside the 48 hour window before the trip will result in the loss of all trip funds.