R&R Fly Fishing Unplugged

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 […]

Fall wildlife in the Smokies

Here’s another beautifully filmed piece from the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Take a two minute vacation to the Smokies to see bugling elk, black bears, and wild turkeys in the autumn. [youtube]http://youtu.be/Tu-pUpQE-oc[/youtube]

Fly Fishing Around Elk This Fall

Fall fishing is almost here, but so is the elk rut. Anyone who will be fly fishing over at Cataloochee or Oconaluftee this fall should probably take a quick look at this video posted by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Honestly, it’s mostly common sense, but we’ve spent a considerable amount of time fishing around […]

Smoky Mountain Elk and Photographer Butt Heads

We posted this video yesterday to Twitter and our Facebook page but thought it would be a good addition to the blog as well. The video is from Cataloochee Valley and looks like it’s very close to where Palmer Fork and Rough Fork join to form Cataloochee creek near the church. This video probably won’t […]

Report from the Field: Cataloochee Creek

With school starting up next week we looked up from work to see we hadn’t taken a family camping trip this summer. Most of the summer vacationers have already started to thin out here in the Smokies and it seems that many might have simply given up on account of all the rainy days, so […]

A Ton of Possibilities

Water flows are much better going into this week than they have been over the past few weeks. Streams in the Smokies are good levels after a period of unusually high flows. We’re also seeing more favorable tailwater flows that seem to have something like consistency. We’re seeing pop up thunderstorms every day in the […]

A Look Back at Some Beautiful Fall Color

Maybe you’ve been living in a cave lately or possibly had your power knocked out by the storm of the century, but if you haven’t heard, there’s snow in the Smokies. This is primarily in the highest elevations with nothing but cool and damp weather in Townsend and other communities surrounding the park. Here are […]

A Few Days of Camping and Fly Fishing in Cataloochee Valley

Last week was spring break for our 6-year old daughter, Willow, so we took her and our 2-year old son Boone for a camping trip before our guide season really kicks into overdrive. The kids enjoy being outside and always get a kick out of seeing animals, so Cataloochee Valley with its elk herd was […]

Cold Weather Arrives Right on Time

Here in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains we can usually count on two things Thanksgiving week. It’s typically our last busy week of the guide season and cold weather usually sets in sometime that week. This year the best weather was on the front side of the holiday with near record warmth. Not much […]

A Look Back at Our Favorite Pictures from 2009

We’ve covered a lot of water in 2009! Here are some of our favorite moments from the mountains and rivers captured with a camera. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed being there! View from the fly tying desk on a cold day last January, Townsend, TN Little River rainbow trout, Great […]