Perfect Water Levels in the Smokies

A trout holds near the surface watching for food on a fall afternoon

After a wet weekend here in East Tennessee we have perfect water levels for fall fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains. While points to our east and southeast received far more precipitation, the Smokies hit a sweet spot in the weather receiving three continuous day of steady but light rain. Autumn is typically the driest […]

Fall Fly Fishing Has Arrived in East Tennessee and the Smokies


We’re still getting our feet back under us after an incredible trip to the Henry’s Fork and Yellowstone National Park. We had beautiful weather and phenomenal fishing. More on that later, but we’re excited to be back home just in time for autumn, our favorite time of year on the water. It seems that the […]

In the River in Yellowstone Country

Moose at TroutHunter

We’ve arrived at TroutHunter on the Henry’s Fork and spent some time fishing in Yellowstone National Park already. Our group arrives today and we expect to start casting a line on “The Fork”, but it’s already been pretty special. We had barely gotten settled into our room at TroutHunter and ordered a beer at the […]

Fall is Here (Maybe Not for You, But It Is for Us)

Cades Cove in November

We’ve seen several mild days in a row here on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies and daytime highs have been about 80. That’s very cool compared to the sunny, humid, and hot days at or above 90 we suffered through. Tomorrow the high is forecast for the 60’s and mornings next week will be […]

Summer’s Last

Wendy Williams Smallmouth

Labor Day weekend is only a few days away. We just came out of a refreshing week of mild weather to be greeted with a week of sunny weather in the range of 90 degrees. Just yesterday I rowed the drift boat down the river on an overcast day barely 80 degrees and it was great. […]

Running Out the Clock on Summer Heat

Underwater Rainbow Trout

This past week was very mild here in East Tennessee with particularly cool nights down in the mid 50’s here in the foothills of the Smokies. All the TV weather folks were touting an early taste of fall but we’re not getting our hopes up just yet. Even so, summer’s days are numbered and you […]

August Fly Fishing Around East Tennessee

Sally Judd shows off a nice Holston River smallmouth bass she caught on a popping bug

It’s a particularly busy time around R&R Fly Fishing world headquarters as we move into mid August. While we’re starting to enter the usual late summer guiding lull our kids are back in school so that keeps us hopping with all the activities and running around that goes with it. Tourists are fewer now than […]

R&R Fly Fishing Unplugged


Summers are pretty short when you guide for a living and you have a couple of school age kids. Work is busy and seemingly constant and the kids are already back in school here in Townsend, Tennessee now that the calendar has turned to August. The absolute best part of self employment is the ability […]

Summer Days in the Smokies

A brilliant Smoky Mountain brook trout in its element

Here we are coming into August and the conditions are exactly what you would expect. Hot, humid, and passing thunderstorms in the Smokies. Generation schedules on our local tailwaters are somewhat unpredictable now as TVA is managing lake levels plus generating power during prime power usage hours when we’re all running the air conditioner. It’s days like […]

The Mid-Summer Change Up

A cool summer morning in the Smokies

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 […]