Warm and Dry in Late August. What a Concept!


We’re looking at the warmest and driest week of the year. Considering it’s late August, it’s about time. We often dread this time of year for its hot weather, warm water, and tough fishing, but that’s not the case this year. Overnight temperatures in the Smokies are down in the 50’s and likely as cool […]

The Best All Round Week of Fishing We’ve Seen This Year

A typical Clinch rainbow trout

It’s been a tough season. Anyone who follows fly fishing around the Southeast knows that, but we’re glad to say that we just had what may have been the best few days we’ve seen all year long. Tailwater flows are great, smallmouth bass are looking to the surface for poppers, and trout in the Smokies […]

Great Flows & Sketchy Weather


Flows have been excellent almost anywhere you look around East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain region. Streams in the Smokies are looking good and the fish are happy. Our local tailwaters, most notably the Clinch, have flows that accommodate both waders and floaters. The only trouble has been spotty rain and showers. While the wet, […]

Better Late Than Never – Water Conditions Pretty Close to Normal


It had to happen at some point. Water levels throughout East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain region are finally pretty close to normal. If you want to nitpick and point out that stream flows are still way above average you’d be right, but they’re finally below the 75% mark and well below daily records. We […]

Conditions Close to Normal

Harry Frederick with a nice smallmouth that took a brown and ginger Clouser Minnow

It’s been a wild fishing season across the Southern Appalachian region with high water, or sometimes worse, good water levels that have been muddy. Fortunately, it looks like things are beginning to resemble something like normal this week. Well… Normal might be pushing it, but let’s say fishable and call it good. East Tennessee just exceeded […]

Improving Conditions

Smokies Overlook

After some more rain over the weekend rivers are starting to shape up once again across East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain region. We started the week with high water once again but the mountain streams have recovered nicely and the next couple of days look pretty nice, although the forecast for the weekend… Did […]

An overview of water conditions around the Smokies & East Tennessee

Hooked up on the drift boat

High water became a bit of a regular thing around here and after nice weekend in the Smokies it’s pretty obvious that most anglers have all bit given up on fishing. You can tell because there were very few fishermen out on the river. Fortunately it looks like we’ve turned the corner and water conditions […]

Unprecedented Water Conditions Across East Tennessee & The Smoky Mountains

Paddlers At Tremont

We’re not the oldest fly fishers in the region, but we have been guiding a long time now. Charity has been doing this professionally for about 12 years now and Ian has been at it since 1995 plus we’ve been around the area longer than that. We’ve never seen or heard of water conditions like […]

Keeping Our Fingers Crossed

Another nice float trip trout

Take a look at stream flows across East Tennessee and another look at TVA releases on the tailwaters and there’s good reason for optimism. After another week of rainy weather and blown out rivers and streams we’re off to a good start. But to be completely honest, we have a sense of deja vu because […]

Welcome to Summer

Charity & Largemouth Bass

We had a day off but still wanted to go fishing. The kids wanted to go swimming. The best solution sounded like a great change of pace so we trailered up the boat and headed over the Foothills Parkway to Chilhowee Lake. We got in a little bit of fishing for bass with poppers and […]