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

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 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 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.

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