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 […]

Have a Plan B Prepared

Lake Smallmouth

We’re accustomed to some blown out days in March and April when strong fronts can dump some major rain on the Smokies and East Tennessee. This has been a pretty regular thing this year and we’re well into June! Depending on the flavor of fishing you’re looking for, you may or may not find something […]

Rain Keeping the Rivers Full and Us On Our Toes

Red Eye

I’ve been on the water doing some smallmouth trips lately, but the current rain situation is keeping those rivers muddy. We’re waiting on them to clear and hope next week turns out better than this one. With the record drought years of 2007 – 08 still fresh in our mind it seems strange to complain […]

Signs of Summer: Hot Smallmouth Bite

Smallmouth Bass

Warm weather and wet wading are two big signs of summer’s arrival, but perhaps our favorite part of summer is the great fly fishing for smallmouth bass in our local rivers and streams. Over the last week I found myself on bass water a number of times and it felt pretty good. It’s been a […]

Fall is Here

One of our favorite things: Colorful specks in the Smokies

We’ve been out on the water most of this week and quite simply, fall is here. Leaves are certainly changing and the Fall Color Report from Great Smoky Mountains Association says that colors are at peak in the highest elevations near Clingmans dome and other peaks approaching 6000′. Fishing has been pretty good, although the […]

Wrapping Up Summer

19" Smallmouth Bass that ate a popping bug

September is well underway and we’re looking ahead to fall fishing. Things are pretty much what you typically find at this time of year. Water levels are pretty low in the Smokies and TVA tailwaters are running a bit on the high side as reservoirs are draining. Fishing was a little tough over the past […]