Spring Hatches Should Start Soon

We’ve experienced an incredibly mild winter and the extended forecast shows nothing but above average temperatures over the next few weeks. This is important as we usually start watching for our spring hatches to get rolling in early March, about the time when the weather starts to warm up. Since the warm weather will be […]

Winter Fly Fishing Forecast for the Smoky Mountains and East Tennessee

Every year it seems like we’re just coming out of spring fishing, going into summer fishing, then we look around and find that the fall season has come and gone and winter is at our doorstep. Guiding keeps us busy wading and floating rivers all over East Tennessee, but with our children getting a little […]

The Mid-Summer Change Up

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything on the blog and it’s not because there’s nothing happening. In fact, it’s been quite the contrary. We were guiding so much at one point we were on the water more than at home for a while. The kids have been out of school so we’ve been […]

Excellent Weather, Spring Hatches, and Spawning Rainbow Trout

Spring weather is certainly here, but there is still a good deal of snow on the ground in shaded areas of the Smokies. Regardless, the sun was shining, the weather was warm, and the tailwaters even had favorable generation schedules. We’re still waiting for the hatches to get started in the Smokies, but the rainbow […]

Water is Marginally Fishable in the Smokies

It’s been a long winter. If the water has been in good shape it’s also been bitterly cold. If the weather is negotiable like today, the water levels are marginal. There is snow above 2500′ in the Smokies and water levels have been falling steadily for the last few days. Stream levels in the Smokies […]

Fishing Still Good in the Smokies But the Weather is Cooling Down

After a weekend of guiding in the Smokies we’re still happy to report the fish are still active. In fact, we pulled a good number of fish up to the surface on dry flies. On the other hand, it doesn’t look like the tailwater situation will get any better in the near future hear in […]

Fly Fishing Forecast for the Labor Day Weekend

The rivers have been all but devoid of fishermen this week. Even though one of the major recreation weekends of the year is upon us, you should be able to find some good fishing. You can even escape the crowds if you’re willing to fish during a football game. Mountain streams in the Smokies are […]

Fly Fishing in the Smokies Remains Good as the Heat Bears Down

It’s certainly August. We’re finally starting to see 90 degree temperatures here in Townsend, TN but the water levels in the Smokies are still good and water temperatures are excellent. Pop up thunderstorms are forecast every day this week. That doesn’t necessarily mean it will rain everywhere on every day, but there’s a good chance […]

First Snow in the Smokies, Great Dry Fly Fishing, & Good Fishing Continues on the Clinch

We’ve been on the water almost every day which is why we haven’t posted a report in a while. East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains have reached peak fall color and the fly fishing has been great for the most part. There was a lull in the fishing earlier this week after the first snowfall […]