Damp & Mild Conditions Across East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains

A brook trout released by Kevin Caiaccio of Atlanta

The weather across East Tennessee has been in a rut lately. Almost daily it’s partly cloudy and rains somewhere. Some days rain coverage is widespread, but more often it’s a patchwork over the area primarily popping up over the mountains and the northern reaches toward Kentucky and Virginia. As far as late summer weather goes […]

September Is Looking Good

A 19" rainbow swims away from the net on the Clinch

So far the hottest weather we’ve seen this year has come in September just about the time we expect to start getting a break from the heat. August was relatively mild with temperatures rarely getting out of the 80’s and several days that were very mild. In spite of the heat we’re getting regular fresh […]

Old Days at Elkmont


We’re always fascinated by photos of the old days before the national park. This video is a collection of old photos from around Elkmont and the Little River watershed. Even when we know the exact location in the photos, like the Wonderland Hotel and the Sinks, the scenes are completely unrecognizable. Most of these scenes […]

Signs of Fall

Underwater Rainbow Aug 2014

It’s still August and we’re looking at a couple of the hottest days of the year going into Labor Day weekend, but after spending a private day on the river yesterday we’re noticing signs of fall everywhere. First of all we were able to spend some quality time on the river after dropping both the […]

Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Beautiful


I took Sharon and Richard Donnel out for a day of fly fishing in the Smokies with a generous dose of instruction last weekend. They’re local folks from the Knoxville area who decided they wanted to spend more time in the stunning mountain scenery so close to their home. Both were pretty quick studies when […]

Waders Should Look to Mountain Streams for the Best Fishing This Week

Dredging a pair of nymphs in a deep slot

Mountain streams throughout the Smoky Mountain region are in great shape right now with good water levels and water temperatures. The photos in this post are from just a few days ago and the dry fly fishing has been pretty good in many locations. We started to see some unsettled weather yesterday as a front […]

Five Minute Video Vacation: Bald River Gorge Wilderness


Here’s a spiffy little video we found which features one of our favorite places in the greater Smoky Mountain region. The Bald River Gorge isn’t in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but very close by in the neighboring Tellico Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest. This isn’t a fly fishing video, but it will […]

August in East Tennessee

Misty Wears Valley

The past few days have seen the weather in a cloudy, muggy funk. While there have been some downpours, there has been plenty of dry time to get out. Unfortunately the unsettled weather (and flows) have had the bugs and fish waiting for more consistency. The rain has seen stream flows up and down and […]

Reelin’ In The Years

Kevin James Smallie

It’s been on my mind since spring and I’ve tried to avoid it, but lately a few things have been impossible to ignore. Running our own guide service and raising a couple of kids makes it tough to dwell on anything minor for very long, but when some seemingly random points come together to create […]

Catching Our Breath

Rainbow Swims Out Of The Net

The past few weeks have been a blur. There has been tons of guiding followed by a fishing trip up to Maine, and then home to more guiding and the start of the school year for the kids. August is generally a time when we do some guiding but the volume is much less than […]