Guided Trips

UPDATE: 11/25/2015 -- Smokies Fly Fishing Report: The streams of the Smokies have dropped back to great levels but water temperatures have been chilly. Things should improve over the next two days as both days and nights should be warmer. Even on the colder days this week, fish have been active during the warmest hours. Midges and sporadic caddis activity are even bringing some trout to the surface. When you do get out, note that brown trout are spawning and should be left alone when on redds. Please avoid walking on and near the redds this time of year. The ability of the brown trout to successfully reproduce is essential to the future of the fishery. If you do not know what a redd looks like, avoid walking on the fine gravel (golfball and smaller) in riffles and the tailouts of pools. Fish that are paired up in these areas are probably spawning and are best left alone.

Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork is fishing well at times but only average during others. The good news is that you may get a shot at some better than average trout. Recent floats are giving us approximately a 50/50 mix of rainbows and browns so that part is nice. Float or wade trips are best done as 1/2 days this time of year with the current flow regime. Contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at or call/text (931) 261-1884.

Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth bass fishing is about done for the year and I'm transitioning towards fishing for the big toothy critters. Yesterday we moved 4 fish and had one eat from a solid 40"+ fish that came unbuttoned. Stay tuned for more on this great fishing as we head deeper into the cold season.

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Photo of the Month: Brook Trout

Photo of the Month: Brook Trout

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I just want to give a shout out to everyone that stopped by Little River Outfitters on Sunday to join me for the fly tying session.  Talking flies and how to fish them are always a lot of fun for me and I specifically want to thank Byron, Paula, and Daniel for having me.  I will likely be heading up to the Park again soon to get in on the early spring hatches.  Things have been amazing already this year from everything I have heard and I can't wait to get in on a good hatch myself. 


  1. What did you tie?

    Regular Rod

  2. I tied a variety of mountain and tailwater patterns, several of which are my own flies or variations on flies without a name. I tied the Belly Ache Minnow, a striper fly of my own design I call the PB&J (for Puglisi, Bunny, and Jelly), and a variation of the Crazy Charlie/Gotcha, all of which are great streamer patterns in the Smokies as well as area tailwaters and warm water streams. I also tied three tailwater flies, the Ray Charles, Zebra Midge, and a Micro-Tubing Midge Larva pattern. Finally, I tied a few Smokies patterns including a beadhead caddis pupa, Quill Gordon Spundun, Soft Hackle Isonychia, and my version of the Tellico Nymph. Lots of variety to keep things interesting!

  3. Anonymous4:11 PM

    David, Those were some great pics of your hike up to Ramsey Cascades. Beautiful!! I used to do a lot of backpacking on the AT as well as most of the trails in the park (not able to hike far now due to PD - but I flyfish now to get outdoors) and was wondering if you had ever hiked to the Mt Cammerer firetower during winter . Its quite a sight with icicles , snow, etc....
    Also I enjoy your posts on LRO and those pics.
    See Ya , Mike



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