For those who have noticed my progress towards being a fly fishing guide, I have some big news. The Commercial Use Authorization permit from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has arrived. That means that I can now accept bookings for guided fly fishing trips in the Great Smoky Mountains. If you are interested in doing a trip with me there, or perhaps even on the Caney Fork or one of the warm water streams of the Cumberland Plateau, head over to Trout Zone Anglers and take a look around. While you're at it, send me a message and let me know about your interest. Dates are already filling so if you want to get on the calendar don't wait too long.
With the cold weather again looming, I anticipate that the spring hatches will be sputtering along until March 6-10 or so when things should really bust wide open. Our best trips for overall numbers will be day trips into the Park's backcountry and those will be prime from late March through the middle of May. If you are willing to hike 2-4 miles (minimum) each way to get to your fish, you will have a shot at the day of your life. By summer, the mid and higher elevations of the Park will be fishing great. Days of throwing dry flies will be the norm at the higher elevations although dry/dropper will get us into more fish.
UPDATE: 5/24/2015 -- Streams in the Smokies are getting lower with the recent lack of rainfall. Dry/dropper rigs are accounting for a lot of fish, especially on the dropper. High gradient streams in the mid and higher elevations will fish better because of the broken water but water temperatures are still acceptable all the way to the Park boundary on Little River. We could use some rain so keep praying, doing rain dances, or whatever it is you do to get the water flowing.
The Caney Fork continues to fish well. Conditions vary from good to great with some days being easier than others. On days that start out slow, a pattern change or two will keep the rods bent. Contact me about a float trip if you want to get in on this great fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884. With the holiday weekend and summer coming up, expect the fishing pressure to steadily increase on this river so get out and enjoy it while you can.
Cumberland Plateau smallmouth fishing is definitely getting cranked up. Two weeks ago, I landed my new personal best smallie from a favorite local stream. This fishing will only improve. Isonychias are hatching on the smallie streams here on the Plateau and Golden Stoneflies should be just around the corner. Over the next few weeks, the streams will transition to great surface terrestrial and popper fishing.
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