High Water in the Smokies Before the Great Weather Arrives

Last week was just one of those weeks… This is my twentieth season guiding and Charity’s thirteenth so it’s not new, but you certainly don’t like it. A constant parade of weather disturbances came through featuring everything from snow, to rain, to high winds. It was just a tough week with yo-yo-ing water temps and […]

Tuckaseegee Float and We Finally See Some Bears

I was scheduled to do a float on Tuesday and the high water situation on our local TVA tailwaters just wasn’t negotiable. Fortunately we can be on the Tuckaseegee River in western North Carolina with a slightly longer drive and the drive across the Smokies is among the most scenic in the nation. We’ve been […]

Smokies Fishing Great, Tailwaters Getting Better Everyday

I’ve been in the drift boat for the past several days. We’re not seeing much in the way of hatches beyond sporadic midges at this point, but we’re expecting caddis to start hatching on the Holston River soon. Dry fly fishing is excellent in the Smokies and there’s not much sign of that letting up […]