Shaping Up to Be a Great Fall Season in the Smokies

We’ve had an unusually cool late summer and experienced a couple of weeks of early fall temperatures here in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. In fact, with water temperatures in the high 50’s here in Townsend you know it’s much cooler up in the park so we brought our waders out of summer retirement […]

A New Book On the Way! Trout Flies for the Great Smoky Mountains and Surrounding Waters

We’ve been working on a new book and it will be out soon! It’s Trout Flies for the Great Smoky Mountains and Surrounding Waters – Advice From the Guides. This book showcases approximately 50 flies used around the Smoky Mountain region, tells you how to fish them, the best times to use them, and has […]

Late Summer Fishing Report from the Smokies and East Tennessee

August is here and it somehow doesn’t feel quite like late summer. The kids started school this week, we’ve seen relatively mild temperatures with a few mornings registering 59 degrees on the porch, and it seems like TVA has really bumped the flows on the big rivers. It’s feeling more like fall than summer, but […]

Smoky Mountain Brook Trout Film Preview

We’ve been involved with a great crew of filmmakers based out of Nashville who are making a film out native Smoky Mountain brook trout. They still have quite a way to go before it’s complete, but we’re finally getting our first look. We’re biased, but it looks awesome! Have a look: [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/226294830[/vimeo]

Wet Summer Keeps The Fishing Good In The Smokies

Compared to last year we’re in the middle of a pretty wet summer, but as I look at the stats we’re really on target for rain. Aside from one big system back in the spring our rainfall has been where it belongs. And that’s a good thing for fishing in the Smokies. Water levels have […]

DrakeCast Focuses on Smoky Mountain Wildfires

Our good friends over at the Drake have started a podcast and the second installment was done here in East Tennessee. Charity and I showed Elliot Adler around last February and did an interview on the stream. He also interviewed biologists and employees inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the great folks […]

Tracking Brook Trout for a Season

We ran across a pretty interesting article recently that we thought we’d share about wild brook trout. Wild trout fascinate us for a variety of reasons now we’ve found one more reason to be amazed with their abilities. A researcher was able to tag and track 16 wild brook trout in Maryland’s Savage River. What […]

Mid Summer Fly Fishing Looking Good Across East Tennessee and the Smokies

We’re officially into summer now and happy to report fishing is looking good almost everywhere you look. A wet spring season made fishing pretty tricky, especially on our tailwater rivers which ran high for a pretty long time. In fact, we lost more float days due to high water this season than we’ve ever lost […]

Spring Weather Roller Coaster in the Smokies and East Tennessee

You always know it’s spring in East Tennessee because of the stomach churning roller coaster ride you’ll see with the weather. I say “stomach churning” because when you guide for a living you’re always living in fear of anything that wrecks a day or even worse, shuffles the calendar. Over the years we’ve gotten to […]

Smoky Mountain Brook Trout Documentary

We thrilled to let you in on a little bit of a secret! A Nashville based film crew is currently working on a documentary about Smoky Mountain brook trout. There’s already been several days of filming with many more to come as the season progresses. Hollis Bennett is one of the film makers involved and […]