Here at Trout Zone Anglers, our goal is to give you the best possible day on the water. Accordingly, I keep trip sizes small with no more than two anglers per guide. We feel that hiring only the best fly fishing guides in the area will provide you with the most memorable day on the water. Our guides are all chosen for not only their intimate knowledge of the streams they guide on but also for their overall attention to detail and quality of service. We believe that a guided fly fishing trip should help you become a better angler. Our guides are here to help you accomplish that goal.
Starting in 2018, we added a second guide to help out with trips. Travis Williams is a Smoky Mountain native who knows the streams of the Smokies like the back of his hand. Additionally, Travis specializes in the same high sticking techniques that we prefer as well as chasing big brown trout. Travis provides the highest level of service and fly fishing expertise that you have come to expect from Trout Zone Anglers.
In 2021, we again expanded our offerings with guide Pat Tully. He is an excellent angler and guide. Pat has been guiding for the prestigious and exclusive Blackberry Farm. He is one of the most patient anglers I know and once watched a big brown trout over 20″ long for 2+ hours until the fish started feeding. He then waded in and proceeded to catch that trophy fish. Most anglers could not sit still for that long! Pat is now joining the other Trout Zone Anglers fly fishing guides and hopes to share his love of fly fishing with you.
We hope to continue growing while only hiring additional guides who can provide a superior fly fishing experience. If you have a specific guide request, please let us know that at the time of booking. We here at Trout Zone Anglers look forward to sharing a day on the water with you sometime in the future!
Meet the Trout Zone Anglers Fly Fishing Guides
David Knapp is the owner and head guide at Trout Zone Anglers. He began fly fishing as a kid and never looked back. Learning on the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it didn’t take long before David began to learn the intricacies of tailwater fishing for trout on rivers like the Caney Fork. Smallmouth bass and other warm water species are another favorite for David. Most of all, he prefers chasing big brown trout wherever he can find them with his favorite being in the Great Smoky Mountains. A high school math teacher for several years, David brings his teaching passion and expertise to guiding. He believes that a guide trip should be a learning experience that helps you become a better angler. To that end, David recently completed a Masters in Outdoor Education and continues to expand his knowledge and skill set to provide the best possible experience for visiting anglers.
Travis Williams has been a guide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 2011, and is a proud father of one boy and two girls. He also has a lovely wife that understands and supports his passion for fly fishing and guiding. Travis was raised and still lives 1.5 miles outside the GSMNP. His home is on Dunn Creek which is a small rainbow and brook trout stream between Gatlinburg and Cosby. Despite having rainbow trout literally in his back yard, Travis prefers chasing the brown trout of Little River, Oconaluftee River, and Cataloochee Valley. When not guiding, fishing, or enjoying time with family, Travis pays the bills by working as a patrol sergeant for the Gatlinburg Police Department.
Pat Tully grew up in the Jacksonville, Florida area. His passion of fishing was first ignited at the age of eight. His grandpa and dad taught him how to fly fish on several ponds he frequented. Fast forward to college and he was looking for any opportunity to head to north Georgia. There he liked to chase beautiful wild trout. After visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with his wife, they decided to go on their big adventure and move to the area. Pat is still amazed that he can catch wild trout in his own backyard. This is something he hopes never to take for granted.
After ten years in the turf-grass maintenance industry, Pat is excited to share one of his favorite passions with people. That could include hiking in for native brook trout, chasing after big browns, or stalking rainbows on Abrams Creek. He is married to a wonderful and understanding wife. They enjoy the time they have had with their 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son. Pat looks forward to passing on his love of fishing to his kids someday. When he isn’t on the water, you can find him playing with his kids, woodworking, and fellowshipping with his church family.