Video Clip: Southern Salvelinus – Brook Trout Below the Mason Dixon

Spawning Brook Trout

We’re in the thick of some of the best tailwater fly fishing of the year right now so we’re spending a good bit of time on the big rivers. Even so we can’t help but look up at the Smokies and notice those crevices in the landscape up high where streams drain the high peaks. […]

Camera Voodoo

Cataloochee Bear

Fishermen are a superstitious lot and we’re no exception. Anyone who’s followed us over the years knows about our devotion to Rain Jacket Voodoo. (Yes, capitalized.) Rain Jacket Voodoo is where you can carry rain gear for months and never use it, but the first time you venture out without it you’ll get soaked. We […]

First High Country Expedition for Native Broook Trout in the Smokies This Season

Under water brook trout

It’s about that time. Spring is in full effect, wildflowers are blooming in the Smokies and shades of bright green are ascending the mountains slowly one day at a time. It’s time to start hiking in for native brook trout known as specks in the southern mountains. While the fishing featured more nymphing than is […]

We’re guiding all around East Tennessee and the Smokies


The season is in full swing and every day finds us in a different place. One day rowing the drift boat, wading a stream in the Smokies the next day. This week we’ve had a true blend of fly fishing for trout in our home waters. We saw a little more snow this week and […]

Dogwood Winter

Dogwood Winter

They call it Dogwood Winter and for good reason. Every year about the time the dogwoods bloom we get a cold snap. This one is a real one too with a hard freeze tonight. It’s been a wet and cold day today with temperatures falling through the 30′s. Looks like we made the right call […]

Quick Pic: Golden Stonefly Nymph


Here’s a golden stonefly nymph we recently found in a stream while flipping rocks. These guys are very common in the Smokies and are very distinctive in appearance so they’re easy to identify. Now you know why the Tellico Nymph does so well in streams across the region.

A Beautiful Weekend on Hazel Creek

Sunny Hazel Creek Nymphing

After last spring’s “Wet & Wild” Hazel Creek camp that featured torrential downpours for the second half of the weekend, it was a breath of fresh air to have nothing but blue skies and sunshine for all four days of our stay this past weekend. In spite of nearly perfect conditions, the fishing was a […]

In The Thick of The Season

Women Fly Fishing Guides in Field and Stream

Well here we go! We’ve been guiding a pretty steady schedule for a little more than a month now, but the lingering cold weather put things off just a little bit. But that’s all about to change. We’re packing our last items for our long weekend camp on Hazel Creek while trying to remember to […]

Trail Closure on Noland Creek

Charity fishing on Noland Creek

A quick update for those who like to fish around Bryson City, NC. A landslide on the trail upstream of The Road to Nowhere has closed trail. The trail is closed because of heavy construction equipment in place now to remedy to issue. The trail is closed up to campsite #65, but the trail is […]

High Water in the Smokies Before the Great Weather Arrives

Some very nice fish are moving on the tailwaters right now

Last week was just one of those weeks… This is my twentieth season guiding and Charity’s thirteenth so it’s not new, but you certainly don’t like it. A constant parade of weather disturbances came through featuring everything from snow, to rain, to high winds. It was just a tough week with yo-yo-ing water temps and […]