Category Archives: Uncategorized Weekend Where-to?

IMG_0706We know that this time of year is very busy for most folks and it is very hard to work in fishing. So we thought we would list a couple places that can be accessed as a spur of the moment trip, just in case you get the wild hair.

Weather across the state for the weekend looks great: Mid 50’s to low 60’s for a high and low 40’s to mid 30’s for a low.

Here is a link to check the TVA Dam Generation to see if there are any good tail-water rivers that will be favorable for the weekend.  Below are two links to USGS Stream Flow report for the Little Pigeon and Little River Water Sheds.

Little Pigeon River at Sevierville, TN

Little River above Townsend, TN

So Where to fish?

FTW2014-LOGOThere is a really cool event going on in Townsend, TN this weekend, that may sway where you are going to go.  It is the Fly Tyer’s Weekend hosted by Little River Outfitters.  There will be some great fly tyer’s on site both Saturday and Sunday.  I think a fishing short fishing trip and a visit to this event would be a blast!

Also, a good fishing trip would not be complete without some great grub.  I would suggest the Firefly Café in Townsend, TN.

If you do decide to hit the mountains I would suggest focusing on the bigger pools and longer runs, try some larger stone fly nymphs.  There are still a bunch of leaves in the river, which will make fishing somewhat challenging.

As far as the tail-water fishing goes it looks like the Clinch and Caney Fork will be running a bunch of water, however the Holston below Cherokee dam, Watauga and South Holston all look promising.  Make sure to check the generation regularly, because it can always change.  I would focus on some small midges, pheasant tails and egg patters right now in the tail-waters.

Also, right now Brown and Brook Trout are spawning, the only closed stream due to spawning are on two different sections of the South Holston, other than that you can fish for them.  With that being said, please be respectful of these fish and take extra care in handling and releasing them.  Thanks for reading and Tightlines!!!

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Fly Fishing Hacks

So I’ve been seeing all of these short videos and images out there on “Life Hacks”.  Some of this stuff is super simple and others are just plain silly.  I mean how many uses are there for a used toilet paper roll?  And, even if it is a good use, do I really want to be touch a bunch of used toilet paper rolls?  I think not.  I ran across this video on the new Orvis video site called “The Tug” .

The video is a how-to-video on making DIY Tippet Spool Tenders by Tightline Productions.  I will be making some of these!

DIY Spool Tenders from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.



Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Meeting

Title: Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Meeting
Location: Meeting we will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the Monte Vista Baptist Church. The meeting will start at 7:00pm. Address: 1735 Old Niles Ferry Rd, Maryville, TN 37803
Link out: Click here
Description: Back by popular demand, Local Fly tyers and Guides will be tying their favorite flies at the December 4th meeting. Come to the meeting to learn more about their favorite flies and where and how to fish them. There also be a swap meet driung the fly tying session. so bring your extra grear to sale or trade. Also before the tying demo, we will have a short business meeting that will include the election of the 2015 Officers / Board of Directors.
Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2014-12-04
End Time: 19:00


Troutfest Banquet

Title: Troutfest Banquet
Location: Airport Hilton in Alcoa, TN
Link out: Click here

The 2014 Troutfest Banquet and Auction will take place on Friday night, April 25, 2014. Proceeds from this event are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department, Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Scholarship Fund or other youth educational conservation projects. The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors this event as our major fundraiser.
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2014-05-25


Troutfest Banquet Coming back in 2014!

Banquet-BannerHOLD THE DATE Troutfest is back!

After taking a year off the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is bringing back at least part of the Troutfest event, the Banquet and Auction. Over the years this event has raised almost $200,000.00. Which has gone to the park service to further their Brook Trout restoration projects?

The event had grown itself into one of the largest fly fishing festivals in the Southeast, but with that also comes a ton of work (to the point of a full time job) for chapter volunteers. With that the Chapter decided to take a break and focus its efforts on gaining new members and finding someone to carry the torch as it may be.

photoJoe McGroom, long time chapter member and an excellent angler to boot has stepped to the plate to lead once again. This year they will focus on the Banquet and Auction. I am looking forward to Joe taking on this new endeavor and can’t wait to see the event.

Excerpt below from the Little River Chapter newsletter

2014 Troutfest Banquet – April 25, 2014

The Board of Directors is excited to announce plans for a Troutfest Banquet on Friday, April 25, 2014. The Banquet will be our major fundraiser of the year to provide continuing support to the Park and generate resources needed to support our Chapter programs. Joe McGroom will be leading effort as Chairman. More details are included in Joe’s article below.

While the format will differ from previous years, the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a Troutfest event in 2014. A fundraising banquet and auction will be held at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa on the evening of Friday, April 25th. Although there won’t be a festival held in Townsend on Saturday and Sunday as in years past, it will be a great time of the year to come fish in the Smokies.

There will be plenty more information to come on the Troutfest event, but we wanted to go ahead and relay the good news to everyone. If you are interested in helping with the planning aspect of the event, please contact Joe McGroom ( or 865-310-7299). We will need help in the following areas:TROUTFEST-LOGO-new1

  • Promotion/Advertising
  • Finances
  • Donations
  • Tickets
  • Auction Coordinator

We are all excited about the return of Troutfest and look forward to a great event in 2014! Mark your calendar for Friday, April 25th, and help us spread the word.

Please be sure to check and for more information on this event and we will post any further information as well.




Orvis to offer FREE FLY TYING CLASSES in 2014

The Holidays are almost over! For those of us in the retail world it is a time to catch our breath, regroup and start to plan out the year ahead. As a fly fisherman it is a time to go over gear and get my flies tied and stocked in anticipation of the coming season. I think about the hatches I may encounter and the places I want to go.

Fly Tying for me serves a similar purpose as fly fishing. It is a quick escape that takes me away for small moments. While I’m at the vise, I’m thinking of past fish I’ve caught or the ones that got away. I’m thinking of new fish I might find and places that I want to explore. Fly Tying for me is simply not just making something to catch a fish; it is about the adventures it reminds me of and the possibility of making new ones.

The Orvis Company will be offering FREE FLY TYING CLASSES in early 2014. Key word being FREE!!!!

Dates for classes:

January: 18 & 25

February: 1, 8, 15 & 22

Contact your local Orvis Store or dealer.

Orvis Sevierville
136 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville TN, 37862
(865) 774-4162

Orvis Memphis
Laurelwood Shopping Center
4556 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38177