Frigid Water in the Smokies

Rime ice on the trees at Farr Gap high above Citico Creek in Cherokee National Forest earlier this week

It’s been a seemingly mild period of early winter weather here in the Smokies. It’s easy to see hoarfrost on the ridgetops many mornings as mists have frozen to tree limbs, but most of the days have been pretty pleasant. By the time the clock ticks past 11:00 the temperature has usually been above 40 […]

Fishing Conditions Improve on Several Fronts

Late afternoon light in the winter on the Hiwassee River

After heavy snow in the Smokies and temperatures that stayed down below freezing for an extended period we had all but written off any good opportunities for fishing the rest of the year. We usually expect things to stay pretty good up until around Thanksgiving but we were all but shut down well in advance […]

Why Tenkara? We’ll Tell You Why


It’s no secret we’ve been fishing with Tenkara rods for a couple of years now. We haven’t used them exclusively but we do use them a pretty good bit, especially when we’re out fishing for ourselves. We’ve introduced many fly fishers to Tenkara and everyone has been very impressed. We even did a short video […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Strutting tom turkey

We wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and give thanks for everyone out there who has supported us over the years! Don’t eat too much!!

Native Brook Trout Restoration in the Smokies Going Well

Under water brook trout

We just spotted an article in the Maryville Daily Times today that says the brook trout restoration on Lynn Camp Prong is going well. That’s not necessarily news to us as we’ve spent plenty of time volunteering several times over the past few years, but it still feels good to see it in print. You […]

Now Is the Time for “Fishing”

Winter Nymphing in the Smokies

We usually see spectacular dry fly conditions from October well into November but things were pretty well cut short this year. About two weeks ago we received an unusually early heavy snow in the Smokies and plenty of cold air to follow. The resulting cold water has kept the fish relatively sluggish and I started […]

Changes in the Weather

A beautiful day on Little River

We had a spectacular weekend of weather here in the Smoky Mountains and things will remain very nice here for a few more days but change is on the way. We’ve been seeing frosty nights in the mountains with warm, sunny afternoons but a big cool down is on the way. It looks like afternoon […]

It’s That Time of Year in the Smokies

Big Brown Trout Shallow

It’s that time of year in the Smokies and we’re finally starting to see some spawning brown trout in our local streams. It’s likely that the sudden cold snap and melting snow that dropped water temperatures better than 15 degrees in about 24 hours caused a delay. It’s hard to tell from this since there […]

And Now Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Autumn Weather

The scene above Tremont over the weekend

After an impressive early season winter storm in the Smokies it looks like this week will be much more in line with what we’d expect for early November. When you live in East Tennessee two feet of snow is a big deal, but it really hits home when one of your Western guide buddies who […]

Quick Pic: Snow in the Smokies

Saw this great photo via Twitter posted by the park service on Saturday evening. This is Walker Camp Prong along Highway 441 near the Alum Cave Bluff trailhead. Walker Camp Prong at the Alum Cave Trail today (11/1) at 3pm. Snow over a foot deep. @GreatSmokyNPS #GSMNP — GreatSmokyNPS (@GreatSmokyNPS) November 1, 2014