East Tennessee fly fishing report……for all things that swim.

  1. Needless to say it’s been a while since  we’ve posted a fishing report but we’re going to try and stay on top of it this year, so stayed tuned in. First off, we would like to introduce our newest guide, Gary Troutman, to the team. We added Gary last fall and are excited to have him on the team. This allows us to do more multiple boat floats and wade trips with larger groups.

We are also happy to say that we are now an Orvis endorsed guide service. This happened last summer and are honored to be involved with such a great company. You won’t find gear with more fly fishermen-minded development into their products than Orvis. Not to mention the customer service is top notch. Go check them out at Orvis.com


The Smokies stream’s have been fishing very well with plenty of bugs (Quill Gordon’s, Blue Quills and Brown Stoneflies) hatching. Fish tend to be focused more on nymphs until around lunchtime at which point the hatches start up and fish get close to the surface to feed on them. Here are some photos of some recent trips from up in the park.



The Tailwaters have been running high most of winter and spring due to all of the rain we’ve been getting but we have so many options in our area that we have still been able to get out just about everyday. As for the fishing, with the water being high or low the fish have been eating well and the fishing couldn’t have been better. We’ve fished 400 cfs all the way to 9,000 and though techniques will change with the flow, it has been a good spring and will only continue to get better. Here are photos from recent float trips.



Smallmouth fishing has always been associated with warmer months but here in East Tennessee our rivers warm up a lot quicker than other places. Though cold fronts and heavy rain have played havoc on the river conditions, fishing has been good and we expect to have yet another great year ahead. We have some new stuff going on for 2018 and we will also be able to offer more trips and options as of this summer. We’re excited to announce these options in our future fishing reports.  Here are photos from some recent trips.


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Sunscreen and chiller killers

March has been pretty typical so far with drastic weather changes day in and day out. We’ve had temps near 70 and 2 days later, snow blowing sideways. We’ve seen this pattern over and over growing up here so we’re used to it. However, there is good news to report concerning the weather. The extended forecast is predicting that most of next week is going to be in the 60’s with lows in the 40’s.

Though the fish in the Smokies can be affected by the shifting weather patterns somewhat, the tailwater fish seem to keep on chugging along in full stride. That’s what is great about our part of the country. There are so many options to choose from giving us plan b, c and d.


Lee with some chunky boys from the Clinch on a warmer day, both streamers and nymphs.

Kyle had a different day for his first time with a fly rod, but the results were the same. His face got stuck like this and not because of the sub-freezing temps.

The fishing overall has been fantastic despite the weather and to top it off we are seeing plenty of bugs on the water. Midges are most plentiful and fish will always take one, however the sulfurs have been coming on stronger every day and on occasion fish have been rising to them. I’m hoping to see a lot more of this in the next few weeks with the increase of stable flows from TVA.

The Holston has had windows of minimum flows on the weekends which is a great sign for what’s around the corner. Days with fish heads coming up and sipping caddis off the surface aren’t far off, you definitely don’t want to miss that. In the mean time we’ll “settle” for some first class fishing on the Clinch. GIVE US A CALL to get out on the river. Have a blessed day.

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Clinch fishing Great

The past week we have been on the Clinch with clients and ourselves wade fishing and floating. The fishing has been good everywhere, with lots of caddis coming off. TVA has been periodically running water so the bottom is free of didymo which makes it easier to wade and brings out the bugs. Hugh Hartsell and I took some clients to the clinch earlier in the week and the water was a little high and off colored. The fish still seemed to respond to our flies just had to go up a size bigger. This was the first time that I met Hugh, it was a lot of fun and he is a great guide and an even better person, not to mention a great fly tyer. Here are a few pictures from the day.

I actually left the camera in the truck for the first part of the trip, so I didn’t get pictures of the fish that Walter (the man on the right) and his wife Honey caught.

The next night my buddy Harris and I went night fishing on the Clinch. The wind was strong and the air was pretty cold, but evidently the fish didn’t seem to mind.  When we got to the river we noticed fish rising to something and the fish moving around all over the place. We didn’t stay long because some clouds blew in and covered up the moon, but before they did we managed to catch one big bow.

Today Tyler and I floated for a few hours after church and had a lot of love from the trout. It was a beautiful day and the temperature outside was perfect, the Lord blessed us with a perfect day. There were a lot of caddis coming off in sizes 18 and 20 and lots of midges. The trout seemed to eat more of the midges but occasionally we would hear a loud splash from a fish coming out of the water for a caddis. Pheasanttails and midges worked pretty good and of course we had to throw streamers, the trip wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t chuck some meat at trout. All fish were caught on nymphs though and for the most part we caught fish the entire float. Tyler managed to get a grand slam too which is really cool because it doesn’t happen very often. Every fish we caught was colored up, especially Tyler’s brookie. Here are some shots from today.

Thanks for joining us in the fishing report and we hope that it will help you on the water. We would love to take you out for a day on the water so book your trip today.

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