Fly fishing for smallmouth in East Tennessee has its perks with clear water that’s mostly shallow making for exceptional topwater action and visual strikes. We are also at the bottom of their natural range, meaning our waters stay warmer, longer during the year – which extends their growing season. This makes our area well known for not only numbers, but trophy smallmouth. We have 6 rivers that we guide on which include the French Broad, Holston, Little River, Pigeon River and 2 others we’d rather not discuss for good reason. For most of our smallmouth floats we operate out of drift boats and rafts (depending on where we go) with the exception of power boats when the conditions call for it. Come see our waters for yourself and experience what the “SMALLMOUTH STATE” has to offer.
East Tennessee may not strike you as a trout destination but with so many well managed rivers, the word is out. We primarily float the Clinch and Holston rivers near Knoxville but have other seasonal rivers that we work as well. Plentiful bug life and water quality being top notch is why our trout fisheries have been labeled blue ribbon for many years. Being in the south also provides us with year round opportunities (due to mild winters) to float these rivers giving the anglers a great experience no matter the season.
The Smokies are home to wild rainbow, brook and brown trout streams flowing through the hills of Appalachia. These streams are where most of us cut our teeth on fly fishing here in East Tennessee and still holds a special place in our hearts. Rock hopping and fishing big dry flies pretty much sums up fishing the Smokies with most driving through the park without ever getting out of their car. Don’t be them, let us show you the wild side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The GSMNP has Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout which are all wild fish and the season is open year round to anglers. We wade fish these streams and use light fly tackle because the average fish is 7 to 10 inches long and the waters are small. We also like to wear natural colors or even camo to stay hidden from these spooky fish. Along with fishing in the wild, especially the back country, don’t be surprised to get an occasional visit from some of the wildlife. Most of the places we fish have very easy access, but some don’t, so please let us know what kind of trip you are looking for.
The spring, fall and winter months are good times to focus on the lower streams in the park because the water temperatures are just right and at good levels most of the time. During the summer months, going higher is not a bad idea where the water will be cooler and the fishing pressure will be down. If you are looking to catch Brook Trout, then you will have to work for them because the majority of these fish live around 2,000 feet and higher. These are everyone’s favorite to catch because they are beautiful fish and the only species of trout native to the Eastern United States.
Half day trips last approximately 4-5 hours and can be taken either in the morning or the afternoon to fit your schedule. Full day trips last approximately 8-10 hours.
HALF DAY WADE TRIPS
1 Angler – $300.00 2 Anglers – $325.00
FULL DAY WADE TRIPS
1 Angler – $350.00 2 Anglers – $375.00
HALF DAY FLOAT TRIPS (TROUT OR SMALLMOUTH)
1 Angler – $350.00 2 Anglers – $395.00
FULL DAY FLOAT TRIPS (TROUT OR SMALLMOUTH)
1 Angler – $450.00 2 Anglers – $495.00
WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE IT?
If you need to cancel your trip, we will refund the full payment of the trip only up to two weeks before the scheduled trip date. Inside the two week period, a fee of $150 will be "lost" due to the inability of rebooking in such short time. If the day can be rebooked with another group, (someone else booking the day) the deposit ($150) will be refunded back to the original group that initially booked the trip. If the guide has to cancel the trip due to bad weather, water conditions, or any other situations, then the deposit will be fully refunded or can be used to hold a spot for a future date.
Note: If trip is canceled the day of, then full payment of trip will still be owed.
ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS ARE PROHIBITED ON ANY OF OUR (FRONTIER ANGLERS TN) TRIPS OR IN BOATS/VEHICLES.
All equipment – rods, reels, waders, boots, flies, tackle (feel free to bring your own gear)
We offer a discount of $25 per boat on trips for those who would like to provide their own lunch while on a trip. Please specify if you would like us to provide lunch for the group/groups going out, as well as any dietary restrictions that the group/groups may have.
Full day trips will include a lunch as well as light refreshments throughout**
Half day trips will include light refreshments throughout**
**Please inform us of any special dietary needs
Whether you are calling to book a trip or just wanting to ask a simple question, please don’t hesitate to call or write.