Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 09/04/2019

Fishing has slowed down in some places and heated up in others. Smallmouth bass fishing on the streams of the Cumberland Plateau has been good to excellent while the tailwaters have slowed down somewhat.

In the Smokies, streams are getting low and warm. Stick with mid and high elevation streams for now until we get some rain and cooler weather. Right now it looks like this will probably last for another week although we do have some rain forecast next week. Let's hope that happens! A variety of bugs are working here, but lean heavily on your terrestrial box. Yellow Stimulators in particular have also been good lately.

The Caney Fork continues to produce a few fish here and there. Stripers are still thick in the river which isn't helping the trout at all. As long as things stay dry, this will be a viable option. There are a few large fish present if you know where to look. Yesterday's big fish was a 21.5" rainbow caught while sight fishing. Don't expect that every day, but if you're prepared to put in your time, there are good fish to be caught (and released!!!).

The Clinch seems to be in the middle of the annual late summer drawdown of Norris Lake. High water will be the norm here for the next few weeks. If you don't have a boat, then don't bother except, possibly, during early mornings. Weekends are offering some morning windows but crowds will generally be thick as well.

Fall fishing is not far off. The Clinch should fish well unless we have a wet fall. Sometime between mid October and early November, we should see flows start to come down. The Smokies are my personal favorite for fall fishing. The fish will be hungry and maybe even looking up!

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Photo of the Month: Guide Trip Fish of the Year for the Smokies

Guided Fly Fishing

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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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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.

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