Trout Zone Anglers, LLC


Welcome to Tennessee fly fishing guide David Knapp’s Trout Zone Anglers, your one stop shop for all things fly fishing in Tennessee. If you are looking for information on specific waters, look no further. Here you can find information on Great Smoky Mountain streams, Tennessee trout tailwaters, and warm water options. If you are looking for a fly fishing guide for fishing in Tennessee, then contact me for more info or explore available options here.

Perfectly situated on the Cumberland Plateau, we offer services to anglers visiting Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and of course, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you are visiting Townsend, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cherokee, Bryson City, or any other destination near the Smokies, please consider us to help with your fly fishing trip.

Fly Fishing guide David Knapp lands a small stream brook trout in the Great Smoky Mountains

Your Fly Fishing Guide

As a professional Tennessee fly fishing guide with over 30 years of fishing experience to draw from, I would be happy to show you some of my favorite waters. Furthermore, with my background as an educator, I am happy to teach you the skills and techniques needed for success on a wide variety of waters. In addition to several years as a secondary math teacher, I also have a masters in outdoor education. As you may have guessed, the great outdoors are my favorite classroom, and I enjoy teaching the art of fly fishing.The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Caney Fork River, and Clinch River are my primary home waters. Additionally, I also fish and guide on the streams of the Cumberland Plateau for smallmouth bass and musky.

Additional Trout Zone Anglers guides Travis Williams and Pat Tully also provide trips in East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains. Both of these guys are passionate about fly fishing and sharing their knowledge with others. We all particularly enjoy teaching and hope you will find yourself a better angler after a day spent with any of the Trout Zone Anglers guides.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an angler’s dream with 800+ miles of trout water available for exploration. Native southern Appalachian brook trout abound. These fish have been restored to many miles of stream in the mid and upper elevations of the Smokies. Consequently, anglers can now fish for these beautiful and unique fish in many streams across the Park. Wild rainbow and brown trout dominate in lower elevation streams. A fly fishing guide will speed up the learning curve tremendously on these waters. A professional Great Smoky Mountains fly fishing guide will teach techniques and skills required for anglers of all skill levels to find success on our beautiful streams. We serve visitors throughout the Park, but especially those close to Townsend, Gatlinburg, and Cherokee. 

Caney Fork River Trophy Trout Trips

As a fly fishing guide on the Caney Fork River near Nashville Tennessee, I specialize in teaching anglers the skills necessary to effectively fish this fine tailwater river. As a result, anglers looking for a chance at a trophy rainbow or brown trout need look no farther than the Caney Fork River. Anglers willing to put in some time and effort will reap the rewards. My drift boat allows us to access many parts of the river and is the best way to fish here. In addition to float trips, I also offer guided walk and wade trips on the Caney Fork.

Clinch River Trophy Trout Trips

Watching people go from frustrated to successful on this rich but technical river is a very rewarding aspect of our job as fly fishing guides. Many anglers give up after one trip to the Clinch River. The trout are there and often highly visible in the crystal clear water. Catching them is far from easy. That is where we come in. With the right flies and presentation, these trout are catchable. Float trips in our beautiful ClackaCraft drift boat or our new raft will get you away from the crowds at popular public access points. Come enjoy a day on this fine Tennessee tailwater located close to Knoxville and Chattanooga. Walk and wade trips are also available for anglers wanting to learn how to approach this river on foot.

Cherokee, North Carolina Trophy Trout

Anglers looking for the opportunity to hook huge trout in an idyllic mountain setting need look no further than the Cherokee tribal waters. A designated catch and release section on the Oconaluftee and Raven Fork offers the chance at some truly large trout. These fish are not pushovers and this trip is not recommended for beginning anglers. Think you have what it takes to catch these monsters? Talk to me about setting up your trip on this amazing water.

Other Rivers and Streams

For fly anglers looking for something different, I also offer guided fly fishing trips for smallmouth bass and musky. These trips are on the upper Caney Fork River system, Obed River system, Cumberland River system, and Big South Fork River system. Smallmouth bass trips in east Tennessee are also offered. To learn more about fly fishing guide trips, check out the guided fly fishing trip information page.

Finally, If you are looking for a fishing report, you can find that on the Fishing Report Blog or you can find a lot more great content at my long time blog the Trout Zone.

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Want to enjoy the outdoors but fly fishing isn’t your thing? Then consider joining us on a guided hike instead. Visit Hike the Plateau for more information.