A Great Weekend of Fly Fishing on Hazel Creek

Our entire guide line up spent the weekend on Hazel Creek with a group of anglers from Ohio. The weather was absolutely perfect on Thursday and Friday. Things got pretty wet on Saturday, but the good fishing continued. Overall, most of the fish our group caught was on nymphs, but my anglers had a good […]

Spring Fly Fishing Forecast the Smoky Mountains and East Tennessee

It’s still winter but many of us are already planning our fishing in the months ahead. We get numerous emails and phone calls over the winter from people planning trips. Many of those folks are trying to hit a particular hatch, good flows on the tailwaters, or the best conditions for an extended backcountry fishing […]

Mild Weather Has Provided Good Fly Fishing in the Smokies

We had some high water last weekend, but water levels are very good right now. Water temperatures have been in the low to mid 40’s and the trout have been surprisingly active. We haven’t been out on the water in the morning, but fishing has been excellent from about noon to 4 PM. We’ll see […]

A Look Back at Our Favorite Pictures from 2009

We’ve covered a lot of water in 2009! Here are some of our favorite moments from the mountains and rivers captured with a camera. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed being there! View from the fly tying desk on a cold day last January, Townsend, TN Little River rainbow trout, Great […]

Hope You Weren’t Planning to Fish the Nantahala River

The Nantahala River Delayed Harvest is blown out. The Nantahala Powerhouse is offline and water is now being spilled from the dam. This is at a water level that’s too high to fish the delayed harvest section. The river below the powerhouse is probably pretty high as well although you might find a few spots […]

Three Days of Fly Fishing the Smokies in Cataloochee Valley

Charity and I noticed some blank days on the guide calendar and decided we needed to take advantage of the break. Even those of us who live in the Smoky Mountains like to take a few days to get away and do nothing more than camp and fly fish. After a quick scan of a […]

Off the Road, Back on the Water

After about three weeks traveling to fly fishing shows and clubs we are finally back in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee for a while. The warm weather has been an added bonus and we’ve taken advantage by getting out and doing some fishing. Rainbow trout released back in Little River We spoke in Asheville […]

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 […]

Rain will improve Smoky Mountain stream levels; Black bears on the move

Rain is currently falling in the Smokies and this will only improve the fly fishing in the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. While water levels have been low, temperatures have been excellent and trout have been feeding quite well. In past week we’ve had guided trips on Little River and the Greenbrier […]