Trout Zone Anglers

Guided Fly Fishing


As a professional Tennessee fly fishing guide, I spend my time teaching anglers the sport of fly fishing. My specialty is teaching the techniques required for success on the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I also offer guided float or walk and wade trips on larger rivers for trout. The Caney Fork River is my favorite. In addition to the Caney, I also guide on the Clinch and Holston Rivers. Stalking large fish and fishing midges are my specialities on larger trout rivers. A float for smallmouth bass, musky or striped bass on the fly might be the ticket if you want a new challenge.

Novice and experience anglers alike will benefit from a Tennessee fly fishing guide to cut the learning curve on our rivers and streams. Regardless of skill level, a day spent with me will help you learn the techniques that will help you catch more fish. With that in mind, as the techniques and flies I utilize are incredibly effective, I operate all guided trips using catch and release so as to protect the resource. Please contact me if you have further questions about that.

Tennessee fly fishing guide teaches Tenkara on the Caney Fork and in the Smokies

Caney Fork tailwater Tenkara brown trout

Tennessee Fly Fishing Guide Now Offering Tenkara Trips

Look no further than Tenkara if you are wanting something new to add to your arsenal. This Japanese fly fishing method relies on simplicity, fixed line lengths, and long flexible rods. Tenkara is a good way for beginners to be introduced to the sport of fly fishing because it eliminates the reel and line hand. Anglers can focus on making the cast and presenting the fly to the fish.

Walk/Wade Trips

In the Smokies, all trips are wade trips. Our streams are not big enough for the drift boat. Wading allows us to become more intimately connected with the stream and our quarry. You will be pursuing beautiful wild and native trout on these streams including rainbow, brook, and brown trout. Wade trips are also available for smallmouth bass on the Cumberland Plateau and on trout tailwaters like the Caney Fork, Holston, and Clinch Rivers.

Floating the Caney Fork River in the drift boat with Trout Zone Anglers

Drift boat fly fishing on the scenic Caney Fork River

Float Trips

Many people prefer float trips in my Clackacraft drift boat due to the larger fish we see on the larger rivers, not to mention that float fishing is about the most relaxing thing you will ever do. Both half and full day trips are available on the Caney Fork river. On the Clinch and Collins I only offer full day trips. Having a good Tennessee fly fishing guide will help cut the learning curve on each of these rivers.

Depending on water and weather conditions and also current hatches, anglers can expect to fish a variety of methods. Some of these methods include using dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. Streamer fishing often turns into anglers’ new favorite way to fish. Sight fishing with midges on tailwaters is one of my favorite things to do and will usually be a good method for stalking larger fish. Accordingly, patient anglers will enjoy the chance to stalk large trout with me in the pursuit of quality over quantity.

On float trips be prepared to get your feet wet. Waders or sandals are recommended depending on the time of year. You will usually have to get in the water to enter and exit the boat. Additionally, we stop and wade fish the best spots on full day trips and sometimes half day trips as well. Wade fishing provides the opportunity to get repeated drifts in the best stretches.

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