We Wrap Up Another Great Season

It’s hard to believe, but for the most part we’re at the end of yet another season of fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains and East Tennessee. There’s still some fishing left in 2017, but most of it’s behind us and we’re at the time of year when most people’s thoughts turn to family and […]

Shaping Up to Be a Great Fall Season in the Smokies

We’ve had an unusually cool late summer and experienced a couple of weeks of early fall temperatures here in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. In fact, with water temperatures in the high 50’s here in Townsend you know it’s much cooler up in the park so we brought our waders out of summer retirement […]

Smoky Mountain Brook Trout Film Preview

We’ve been involved with a great crew of filmmakers based out of Nashville who are making a film out native Smoky Mountain brook trout. They still have quite a way to go before it’s complete, but we’re finally getting our first look. We’re biased, but it looks awesome! Have a look: [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/226294830[/vimeo]

Wet Summer Keeps The Fishing Good In The Smokies

Compared to last year we’re in the middle of a pretty wet summer, but as I look at the stats we’re really on target for rain. Aside from one big system back in the spring our rainfall has been where it belongs. And that’s a good thing for fishing in the Smokies. Water levels have […]

Tracking Brook Trout for a Season

We ran across a pretty interesting article recently that we thought we’d share about wild brook trout. Wild trout fascinate us for a variety of reasons now we’ve found one more reason to be amazed with their abilities. A researcher was able to tag and track 16 wild brook trout in Maryland’s Savage River. What […]

Spring Weather Roller Coaster in the Smokies and East Tennessee

You always know it’s spring in East Tennessee because of the stomach churning roller coaster ride you’ll see with the weather. I say “stomach churning” because when you guide for a living you’re always living in fear of anything that wrecks a day or even worse, shuffles the calendar. Over the years we’ve gotten to […]

Smoky Mountain Brook Trout Documentary

We thrilled to let you in on a little bit of a secret! A Nashville based film crew is currently working on a documentary about Smoky Mountain brook trout. There’s already been several days of filming with many more to come as the season progresses. Hollis Bennett is one of the film makers involved and […]

Brook Trout Restoration in Tennessee

Here’s a great short video from the folks at Tennessee Uncharted exploring how TWRA is working to restore the Southern Appalachian brook trout in its home range in our mountain streams. This effort is completely separate from efforts inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. [youtube]https://youtu.be/LwiqOWoY_GY[/youtube]

Summer Fly Fishing in Full Swing

We’re wet wading now so you could say that summer fishing has arrived. Water levels are in pretty good shape in the Smokies after significant rainfall last week. It was a relatively dry spring here in East Tennessee and our local reservoirs are far from full. While this may not be ideal for water skiing […]

Backcountry Brook Trout Paradise

We recently found this nifty video of backcountry fly fishing for Southern Appalachian brook trout via the good folks at the Orvis blog. It’s on the Raven Fork, about a 3 mile hike over Hyatt Ridge into remote country. This isn’t an easy place to reach or fish, but here’s an opportunity to see this […]