Spring is in the Air

If your could see out the window here at R&R Fly Fishing world headquarters in Townsend, Tennessee you’d think I was crazy to say spring is here. Snow is falling and there is a dusting on the trees. That doesn’t tell the whole story, though as it’s been in the 50’s and 60’s the past […]

A Spotty Day of Fishing

It was a beautiful day on the river. The sky was blue and the sun was bright, but the best was to describe the day on the river was a great day of fishing, but not a great day of catching. There were some good bursts of bug activity with some rises to accompany that, […]

Quick Pic: Hatching Stoneflies

Quill Gordon and Blue Quill mayflies get all the attention from fly fishers in the Smokies this time of year. Here’s a gentle reminder: Don’t forget about stoneflies. This scene is happening on boulders along rivers and streams in the Smokies right now.

Hatches Are About To Start in the Smokies

It looks like another early spring will soon be upon us here in the Smokies. There was snow falling on the rivers and streams in the Smokies only a few days ago but a relatively mild winter seems to have the insects ready to get started hatching and the fish seem to sense it. Up […]

Video Fishing Report: Early April 2011

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A49ZtxD6ptU[/youtube] We’ve had a wet spring in the Smoky Mountains and East Tennessee and this has led to a few days of blown out streams, but fishing has been excellent for the most part. The large tailwater rivers have been too high most of the time for effective fishing, but we have found a few […]

The Calendar Says Winter, But It’s Fishing Like Spring

February is definitely a winter month. Here in East Tennessee it’s not unusual to get a good break for a few days, but it’s unusual for spring to be in full swing by the end of the month. That’s what it’s beginning to look like. One of many trout that have succumbed to the dry […]

Spring Hatches: Watch for These Important Trout Stream Insects in Tennessee and North Carolina

Spring is arguably the best time of year for fly fishing. The reason is that there are more insects hatching on the rivers and streams than any other time. The smart fly fisher knows this and comes to the water prepared. Here are the insects we watch for on the tailwaters and streams in the […]