Summer’s Last

Wendy Williams Smallmouth

Labor Day weekend is only a few days away. We just came out of a refreshing week of mild weather to be greeted with a week of sunny weather in the range of 90 degrees. Just yesterday I rowed the drift boat down the river on an overcast day barely 80 degrees and it was great. […]

Running Out the Clock on Summer Heat

Underwater Rainbow Trout

This past week was very mild here in East Tennessee with particularly cool nights down in the mid 50’s here in the foothills of the Smokies. All the TV weather folks were touting an early taste of fall but we’re not getting our hopes up just yet. Even so, summer’s days are numbered and you […]

August Fly Fishing Around East Tennessee

Sally Judd shows off a nice Holston River smallmouth bass she caught on a popping bug

It’s a particularly busy time around R&R Fly Fishing world headquarters as we move into mid August. While we’re starting to enter the usual late summer guiding lull our kids are back in school so that keeps us hopping with all the activities and running around that goes with it. Tourists are fewer now than […]

R&R Fly Fishing Unplugged

CataloocheeBullElk

Summers are pretty short when you guide for a living and you have a couple of school age kids. Work is busy and seemingly constant and the kids are already back in school here in Townsend, Tennessee now that the calendar has turned to August. The absolute best part of self employment is the ability […]

Summer Days in the Smokies

A brilliant Smoky Mountain brook trout in its element

Here we are coming into August and the conditions are exactly what you would expect. Hot, humid, and passing thunderstorms in the Smokies. Generation schedules on our local tailwaters are somewhat unpredictable now as TVA is managing lake levels plus generating power during prime power usage hours when we’re all running the air conditioner. It’s days like […]

The Mid-Summer Change Up

A cool summer morning in the Smokies

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything on the blog and it’s not because there’s nothing happening. In fact, it’s been quite the contrary. We were guiding so much at one point we were on the water more than at home for a while. The kids have been out of school so we’ve been […]

Pattern of Summer Thunderstorms

Laurel blooms and fly fisher

It’s definitely summer in East Tennessee and the Smokies. A quick glance at the afternoon sky and the sound of rumbling thunder will tell you that. Days with unsettled weather tend to mess with the fishing but the mountain streams can use the fresh shot of water. May was exceptionally dry by our standards and […]

Trout In The Classroom takes Kids to the Creek

Each child had a cup with 3-5 small trout to release into the Little River in Townsend

As fly fishing guides in East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we feel it’s our responsibility to be ambassadors of the rivers and streams. As parents it’s is our responsibility to teach our children how to become stewards of the land and instill in them the knowledge that our natural resources must be protected. Our hope is that if we share […]

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 […]