Josh and Ashley Pfeiffer
We’re located in Maryville, TN on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can normally find us rock hopping the mountain streams or floating down one of the many local rivers in our free time. The outdoors have always been a big part of lives here in the South, especially fly fishing, which we’ve been doing since the early 1990’s. We enjoy teaching others how to fly fish and introducing new techniques and ideas to those who like to learn.
Growing up in East TN my dad and I fished for bass and duck hunted every chance we got, but soon found ourselves pursuing fly fishing early on. After learning to fish the wild trout streams of the Smokies at the age of 10 I was consumed by the sport and couldn’t get enough. Spending all of my time and money driving to the mountains I soon realized that I needed to find a job that would keep me closer to the water. In 2007 I started guiding in the Smokies for a local lodge, keeping me as close to the water as I could possibly get. When 2009 came around I wanted to expand my surroundings and start my own guide service.
Buying my first drift boat, I put a new spin on an old habit and started guiding fly fishermen for smallmouth bass. Along with guiding anglers for the wild trout of the Smokies, I also enjoy chasing the larger trout on the tail waters and freestone streams.
Gary grew up in South Knoxville and spent most of his weekends fishing with his dad on Douglas Lake and the French Broad river. He joined the U.S. Navy and spent 4 years serving aboard, an aircraft carrier, the USS America CV-66, deploying to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Arctic oceans. When he was honorably discharged in 1989, he moved back to East TN, married his best friend Tammy, and started a family. He has worked in the Medical Equipment sales field for the past 27 years. During those years, he picked up the fly rod and began fly fishing for trout in the Smoky Mountains. He also went back to the rivers and other freestone streams and started fly fishing for the healthy populations of Smallmouth bass and the abundant, yet often overlooked Redbreast sunfish. He ties his own flies, and loves to share his passions for fly tying and fly fishing for trophy Smallmouth bass on our local rivers.
Gary will tailor your day, whether you are wanting to just get out on the water to relax and enjoy the scenery, or want to learn how to fly fish for Smallmouth, Sunfish, and Trout using a variety of cast, techniques, and flies.
“I would love to spend a day showing you a great time on the water, whether it’s for wild Brook Trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or a day on one of our local freestones or warm water tail waters, catching the hard-fighting river Smallies we have here in East Tennessee.”