Scenes From A Day in the Life

We’re well into our “backcountry” fishing season here in the Smoky Mountains. Warm weather precludes the need for waders so it’s easier to hike in with only wading boots and a fly rod. Even as we really enjoy rowing the drift boat or instigating smallmouth bass to eat a popper, there’s something extra cool about […]

A Couple of Days Off the Grid

I took Pat Segraves out for two consecutive days of hike-in fly fishing in the Smokies. Whether Pat planned it this way or not, this is the way to go in late August. He wanted to experience a day on a brook trout stream and another day on a smallmouth bass stream. As is almost […]

Rainfall Sets Up Ideal August Water Levels in the Smoky Mountains

Recent flooding rains have subsided in the Smoky Mountains and left us with stream levels that we typically see in March and April. Yesterday I took two anglers for a day of fishing on the Oconaluftee River in the park because Little River was still a bit too high for safe fishing. It fished superbly. […]

A Look Back at 2008 – The Year in Pictures

Another year has come and gone. We’re gearing up for a busy 2009. We’ve got a hefty schedule of appearing at fly fishing expos in the next couple of months, we’ve got two new books that will be coming out within a month, and we’ve already booked a number of guided trips. But before we […]

Clinch River Continues to Fish; Report from Hazel Creek in the Smokies

We’re in the middle of our busy October guide season. The weather has been beautiful and the leaves have really started to change rapidly this week. Water conditions have remained low in the Smokies, but some rain early last Friday helped things out and more rain is in the forecast for this week. The fly […]