Summer Time Change Up

It's always beautiful on the stream in the Smokies but a change of pace isn't necessarily a bad thing

It’s that time of of the season when we’re ready for a change of scenery along with some different types of fishing. I know it’s hard for most people to envision, but floating the same sections of river and wading the same stretches of stream start to wear on you enough that it seems more […]

Hot Summer Days on the Water in East Tennessee & the Smokies

A 20" brown trout heads back to the river after falling for a dry fly

There’s no doubt about it. It’s the middle of summer in East Tennessee with hot weather, high humidity, and pop up thunderstorms. Fortunately the afternoon storms are keeping the heat contained, but the humidity out on the big rivers coupled with bright sunshine can be tough on a guy who rows a boat. Things are […]

Progress Report: Lynn Camp Prong Brook Trout Restoration in the Smokies

All the brook trout were released back into Lynn Camp Prong after they were all counted, measured, and weighed.

Last week Charity and I volunteered one day when the Great Smoky Mountains National Park fisheries biologists went to check on the brook trout population in Lynn Camp Prong. This stream was recently restored with native brook trout from other streams in the Smokies after all rainbow trout were removed from the stream. This is […]

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

20" tail

Not a bad day in the drift boat

Almost Too Much To Remember It All

Small stream fly fisher

It’s easy for us to know we’ve been guiding for months and on the water almost everyday. We can tell because we don’t know what day it really is. We know we’re supposed to meet Angler X at Location Y in the morning because that’s what the schedule says, but as far as what day […]

Scenes From A Day in the Life

Smoky Mountain Brook Trout Stream

We’re well into our “backcountry” fishing season here in the Smoky Mountains. Warm weather precludes the need for waders so it’s easier to hike in with only wading boots and a fly rod. Even as we really enjoy rowing the drift boat or instigating smallmouth bass to eat a popper, there’s something extra cool about […]

Wet Wading and Dry Flies in the Smokies

Excellent summer conditions

With the warm weather firmly in place here in the Smoky Mountain region we’ve been wading wet for some time. There was a day last week with scattered rain showers all day that we put the waders on since the cooler weather and lack of sunshine made for chilly wading, but we’re happy to feel […]

Happy Fathers’ Day Weekend

Notice the family resemblance: Boony hat, rising trout T-shirt, and bent fly rod

I’m often asked if I ever get tired of going fishing. My usual response it to smile and point out that I don’t really get all that much time handling the equipment, just primarily help others catch fish. So no, I don’t get tired of going fishing. In fact, I’d like to get to go […]

A Gray, Damp Week On the Water

Underwater brook trout

It’s been a damp week out there, and that’s not a bad thing. As we always remind people, “Fish like water!” Unfortunately it’s been in short supply recently in East Tennessee so it’s nice to start seeing some rain. Charity and I were talking about it this morning that while we’ve not been particularly worried […]

The Summer Pattern

A beautiful day on the stream in the Smokies

So far things are essentially what you would expect when fly fishing in June in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. We’re seeing they typical mid to high 80′s temperatures along with enough humidity to trigger afternoon thunderstorms. Most of East Tennessee has been pretty dry but the mountains have seen the bulk of the […]