Video Clip: Southern Salvelinus – Brook Trout Below the Mason Dixon

We’re in the thick of some of the best tailwater fly fishing of the year right now so we’re spending a good bit of time on the big rivers. Even so we can’t help but look up at the Smokies and notice those crevices in the landscape up high where streams drain the high peaks. […]

Best Tailwater Conditions We’ve Seen in Months

Right now flows on East Tennessee’s trout tailwater rivers are as ideal as we’ve seen them in a long time. Last year’s exceptionally wet weather kept flows high for most of the sumer and by the time fall rolled around TVA had their hands full trying to get the reservoirs lowered. High flows continued through […]

Video: Fly Fishing the Blue Quill Hatch in the Great Smoky Mountains

March is here and it won’t be long before we see abundant hatches on the wild trout streams of the Great Smoky Mountains. Most experienced anglers in the region are familiar with Quill Gordons, Hendricksons, and March Browns but many are less aware of another very important mayfly hatch, the Blue Quill. Here’s a video […]

Update On Lynn Camp Prong Brook Trout Restoration

Last week Great Smoky Mountains National Park fisheries biologist Matt Kulp spoke to the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The main focus of his presentation was the progress on the Lynn Camp Prong brook trout restoration in the Tremont section of the park near Townsend, Tennessee. The project has been a tremendous challenge and […]

More Water Than We Expected

We really did expect the water to be high today but what we anticipated would be decent for stripping streamers in selected spots. As it turns out there was much more water than that!  There was up to 2″ of rain on the tops of the mountains that fell on top of several inches of […]

Video Retrospective of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013

Here’s another great video from the Great Smoky Mountains Association filled with stunning time lapse images from the Smokies coupled with local events from 2013. Flooding rains, tornadoes, the government shutdown, brilliant fall colors, and snowfalls are all covered.

The Perfect Drift: Winter Fly Fishing Video

We spotted this short video over on Chi-Wulff and decided to cherry pick it for ourselves as well. It doesn’t look like the Smokies, but it’s close enough when you look at the water and the fish. Maybe you can’t get to the stream right now or just don’t have that mental defect to make […]

Weather Rolls In Over the Smokies

It’s been a wet day here in East Tennessee and it looks like the next few days will continue with that pattern. So far the rivers are in good shape and we have our fingers crossed that things will stay that way. Here’s a time lapse video of weather rolling in over the mountains near […]

Video: Brook Trout Spawning in the Smokies

Here’s some video we’re pretty proud of. These are spawning brook trout in Lynn Camp Prong in the Smokies. This stream was restored with native brook trout a few years ago but is still closed to fishing while populations rebound. Looks like these fish are doing their part to boost the population!

Smoky Mountain Elk and Photographer Butt Heads

We posted this video yesterday to Twitter and our Facebook page but thought it would be a good addition to the blog as well. The video is from Cataloochee Valley and looks like it’s very close to where Palmer Fork and Rough Fork join to form Cataloochee creek near the church. This video probably won’t […]