Guided Trips

UPDATE: 9/17/2015 -- Smokies Fly Fishing Report: Hatches are improving with this cooler weather. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Isonychia (Slate Drake) mayflies, Blue-winged Olives, Mahogany duns, Needle Stoneflies, Little Yellow Quills, and of course terrestrials are all on the water at times. Some caddis are showing up again in a few select areas and it won't be long until we see the big fall caddis starting up. Yesterday's guide trip was a success with both anglers catching the slam including one of the prettiest brook trout we've seen yet this year. The fall colors are definitely starting, at least on the fish!

Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork is fishing well this year. The streamer bite has been good high water. Low water fishing is good with the usual suspects like midges and favorite nymphs. Contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to get in on this great fishing at or call/text (931) 261-1884.

Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth bass fishing is good when the water levels cooperate. Check flows before you go. Rain will raise water levels in a hurry on these streams. The terrestrial fishing continues to be excellent although going subsurface will at times provoke some larger fish. In my opinion, there is very little reason to throw anything other than topwater right now though. This won't be an option for too much longer once temperatures significantly start to cool and the autumn rains start so do this trip soon.

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Photo of the Month: Streamer Eating Goodness

Photo of the Month: Streamer Eating Goodness

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Stonefly Shucks

It may just be me, but it seems like the Golden stones were a little late this year.  I was seeing shucks here and there in June but it wasn't until the last 2-3 weeks that good numbers have appeared on stream side rocks up in the Smokies.  In case you were wondering, the fish do seem to recognize them, I'm just not saying in what form.  Go find out for yourself....


  1. Just a comment on the good work with the camera. Thanks for sharing, Dave.

  2. I never paid much attention until last year when fishing Boulder Creek and found stonefly shucks all over the place. It was slightly eerie but the fishing sure was good.

    1. I never thought of it that way, but now that you mention it, all those shucks do add a strange effect to the scenery stream side...



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