Spring Turns to Summer

Tailwater Rainbow Release, Underwater

It’s been a whirlwind season for us up to this point. Our spring guide season was as busy as ever with the added wrinkle of Ian’s recovery from knee surgery. Charity handled most of the wade trips in the Smokies while Ian was relegated to strict duty in the drift boat until he was fit […]

Busy Days On the River

Underwater brown 4.15

I just looked up and noticed it’s been a while since I posted a report. It’s not for a lack of something to say as much as not much time to sit down and post something. April and May are the busiest of times guiding in the Smokies and East Tennesee and this year is […]

Happy Fish!


It’s been a great week of fly fishing and guiding fly fishers here in East Tennessee and the Smokies. We experienced superb dry fly fishing for wild rainbows, browns, and brookies in the park. This was a tremendous improvement over previous weeks when nymphing was the most productive method of fooling fish. Afternoons have seen […]

Plenty of Options for Fly Fishing Around East Tennessee

A wild Smoky Mountain Brown Trout caught on a Beadhead Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph

The mountain streams have been fishing well for the past couple of weeks and after a long hiatus it looks like our tailwater rivers should start becoming consistent as well. Norris Dam has been spilling from Norris Dam for a while and even as there were some fishable moments on the Holston River, they were […]

Fishing Getting Better One Day at a Time

Charity captured this beautiful rise this afternoon

Every day that has gone by has seen the fishing improve a little bit. Today it was the warmest, sunniest day we’ve seen since last October with temperatures around 70. The water was a little high still and the morning fishing was still on the slow side, but every fishy spot you could drift a […]

Fishing Tougher Than It Looks On Paper

Underwater Rainbow Trout

It’s the middle of March, bugs are hatching in the Smokies and water temperatures are around that magical 50 degree mark. Should be a riot to run up to the river and catch a gang of fish. Or that’s would you might think. So far we continue to see pretty high water. It’s not prohibitively […]

Spring Fly Fishing Has Arrived


It was a beautiful weekend with an abundance of sunshine and warm weather. Streams in the Smokies were running a little high and the water was still down in the low 40’s so fishing was predictably on the slow side, but it was one of those days we always enjoy. Last week it was snowing, […]

The Day We’ve All Been Waiting For

Under water brook trout

We just received a press release from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and even though we had a good idea it was happening soon, it’s still great news. Lynn Camp Prong, as well as every other stream in the Smokies, is now open to fishing. In fact, in the history of the park this is the […]

On The Count Down to Spring Fly Fishing

Quill Gordon

We’re shacked up here at R&R world headquarters with the kids out of school yet again as another wintery mix of freezing rain, sleet, and rain sweeps across East Tennessee. The temperature has been dropping all day while the rivers are rising. Not a good day to really consider being out on the water, although […]

Winter Runs Down the Clock


It happens every year. We get one of those mid-winter thaws that makes you think spring is here and it turns out to be nothing more than winter giving you a head fake before smashing it’s knee into your groin. And this one was pretty brutal. It wasn’t that long ago our kids were catching […]