Tennessee Fly Fishing Charters

Tennessee Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Tennessee

Fly Fishing in Tennessee

Other than being the capital of country music and home to some amazing whiskey, The Volunteer State is also a top-notch freshwater fishing destination. Local rivers and streams welcome a lot of anglers every year who are looking to experience the fly fishing Tennessee is famous for.

What to Catch

Tennessee waters are Trout fishing central, whether it’s Rainbows, Browns, or Brook Trout. Expect those to take up the majority of your fishing time here. You can also find the likes of Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Muskellunge, Crappie, and more all over these bountiful fisheries.

Where to Go

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Smokies are the number-one destination for Trout fishing in Tennessee. You can find Brook Trout almost anywhere in the hundreds upon hundreds of local streams. The cool thing about them is that they are the only native Trout species found in this entire region of the US. How’s that for a unique fishing experience?

One of the largest streams in the Smokies is known as The Little River. This is one of the best places for fly fishing found in the eastern part of the state. From Brook, Rainbow, and Brown Trout to Smallmouth Bass, these waters are as varied as they come.

South Holston River

On the other end of Tennessee, to the northeast, we have South Holston River. Since it starts off from the South Holston Dam, its current can be faster or slower depending on the dam’s power generation. During calmer periods it’s an excellent place for wade fishing, otherwise being great for floating from land.

Wild Brown Trout make up the majority of fish caught here, but they’re far from the only species around. Government agencies will also stock the river with Rainbow and Brown Trout come spring every year. This helps ensure ample opportunities for South Holston fly fishing enthusiasts to present their top game.

Clinch River

The premier tailwater fishing destination in Tennessee is, without a doubt, Clinch River. This river in north Tennessee holds the state record for Brown Trout at 28 pounds 12 ounces. These are some of the best wading waters in the state, in no small part due to very consistent water temperatures throughout most of the year. Norris Dam is as good a place as any to start your fly fishing adventure on Clinch River.

Hiwassee River

South Tennessee has its own prime place for fly fishing, the Hiwassee River. While it’s a remote fishery when compared to some of the others, it has the advantage of being one of the most scenic places for a fishing trip in the entire state. It also has a reputation for being home to some big fish, mainly Rainbows and Browns. Fishing by boat here requires some skill and finesse due to many ledges and drop-offs present. It’s certainly a good idea to hire a guide for this one if you’re on the fence.

How to Fish

You probably noticed by now that wading is big in Tennessee. Make sure you have all the necessary gear (waders, rain jacket, hat, nippers, etc.) and you’ll have a blast.

The default gear for fly fishing in most of these rivers consists of a 9’ 5 wt rod with a 6X tippet and a 9’ leader. While any Trout fly line can serve as your mainstay, you’ll also want to have a full-sink fly line at hand.

Every river has its own unique quirks and wildlife, so you should be free to experiment with your choice of fly. Some general all-rounders include midges, sulphurs, and woolly buggers.

When to Go

You can expect good fly fishing year-round in Tennessee, especially at the tailraces. The only exceptions to this are smaller streams that can become too warm in the peak of summer. South Holston River is especially known for keeping cool throughout the summertime heat, but the best times to visit would have to be spring and fall.

From tailwater rivers to cold mountain streams, Tennessee is filled to the brim with places for a good day’s worth of fly fishing. Come for the music and stay for the fishing – or the other way around – it’s entirely up to you!

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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Tennessee

Go for trout! Fishing on the river is an enjoyable experience with beautiful views
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go for trout! Fishing on the river is an enjoyable experience with beautiful views
Smoky Mountain Fishing Company
Smoky Mountain Fishing Company
My recommendation is to fish in the spring while water temperatures are cool. High water temperature encountered during the summer months greatly increases mortality rate of fish that are released. For this reason, during summer, in order to protect the high quality of striped bass fishing, persons are limited to limit of two fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My recommendation is to fish in the spring while water temperatures are cool. High water temperature encountered during the summer months greatly increases mortality rate of fish that are released. For this reason, during summer, in order to protect the high quality of striped bass fishing, persons are limited to limit of two fish.
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
. Once you know your time of departure, you need to know the exact location of where you are departing from. The exact location is not specified unless you ask the time, but not the location
Excellent
4.7 / 5
. Once you know your time of departure, you need to know the exact location of where you are departing from. The exact location is not specified unless you ask the time, but not the location
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
I wish we had visited Tennessee later in March. I think the leaves would have been breaking bud then.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I wish we had visited Tennessee later in March. I think the leaves would have been breaking bud then.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Maybe not the quantity that we hoped for but the size and quality made up for it
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Maybe not the quantity that we hoped for but the size and quality made up for it
Chattahookem Fishing Charters
Chattahookem Fishing Charters
Fishing in February is tough, do not come into it thinking it will be the best fishing of your life! That said, if you have the right guide, you WILL be successful. Smith Fishing Adventures, LLC, is why we were able to catch as much as we did.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in February is tough, do not come into it thinking it will be the best fishing of your life! That said, if you have the right guide, you WILL be successful. Smith Fishing Adventures, LLC, is why we were able to catch as much as we did.
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Be prepared to have a great trip! The captain takes great care of everyone and will make the trip fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to have a great trip! The captain takes great care of everyone and will make the trip fun!
Markybob Catfishing
Markybob Catfishing
Very warm temps for this time of year. Cooler water would have been better and I expected cooler water for the end of October. Just one of those things that you can't control.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very warm temps for this time of year. Cooler water would have been better and I expected cooler water for the end of October. Just one of those things that you can't control.
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Dress warm. Bring a couple of water bottles. Enjoy the fishing - big or small - it’ll be a good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm. Bring a couple of water bottles. Enjoy the fishing - big or small - it’ll be a good time.
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Strong fish you might want to lift some weights before heading out with Danny
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Strong fish you might want to lift some weights before heading out with Danny
Fish Memphis Guide Service
Fish Memphis Guide Service
Fishing is never a guarantee, even with a great captain. Be patient and don't forget that the fish don't want to be caught!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is never a guarantee, even with a great captain. Be patient and don't forget that the fish don't want to be caught!
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service
The drive over from Gatlinburg was well worth it and the weather was just perfect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The drive over from Gatlinburg was well worth it and the weather was just perfect.
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Be mindful of weather. Communicate with the captain in advance to pick the best time according to the time of year.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be mindful of weather. Communicate with the captain in advance to pick the best time according to the time of year.
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper Vicksburg, MI
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charters should be your first review for a trip in Rutledge. It will be the only one needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charters should be your first review for a trip in Rutledge. It will be the only one needed.
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter Moundsville, WV
We had tough conditions but still caught fish. Anything that could be taken as negative by my good is no reflection on the guide just the conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had tough conditions but still caught fish. Anything that could be taken as negative by my good is no reflection on the guide just the conditions.
Big Ridge River Guides
Big Ridge River Guides
Definitely use Striper Bandit Service they will get you to the big fish. They will teach you what works on Cerokee Lake and make you feel like long time friends.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely use Striper Bandit Service they will get you to the big fish. They will teach you what works on Cerokee Lake and make you feel like long time friends.
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service Albright, WV
The fishing was good, and choosing the morning trips was a good choice due to the hot weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing was good, and choosing the morning trips was a good choice due to the hot weather.
Chattahookem Fishing Charters
Chattahookem Fishing Charters Smoke Rise, GA
Kids under 12 don’t need fishing license. Go online Tennessee DNR get a one day fishing license.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Kids under 12 don’t need fishing license. Go online Tennessee DNR get a one day fishing license.
Thank Goodness I Fly Fish Smokey Mtns Trophy
Thank Goodness I Fly Fish Smokey Mtns Trophy Barclay, IL
Be ready to fight the most aggressive pound for pound best fighters out there
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to fight the most aggressive pound for pound best fighters out there
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Go early, very early and with a guide . The lake is very large and deep , the guides definitely know where to go.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go early, very early and with a guide . The lake is very large and deep , the guides definitely know where to go.
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter Hamburg, IL

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