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Chad Williams - fishing guides in Gatlinburg, TN
Chad Williams
(423) 237-1107
Chad Williams has been guiding for The Smoky Mountain Angler for over ten years, and has been guiding in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for almost fifteen years. He has been tying flies for just as long. He keeps the shop in stock of his provided patterns and also participates in local fly tying events throughout the year, as well as, writes a monthly forecast for The Angler Magazine. Chad grew up 30 miles east of Gatlinburg in the town of Newport. He now makes Sevier County his home. He is a great instructor for teaching traditional fly fishing in the park. For the last few years, he has been helping clients pick up nymphing skills by showing them his version/method of high stick nymphing and euro/tighline nymphing. Which are both great methods for picking up the more spooky wild GSMNP fish. He believes that it is possible to catch fish in the mountains in almost any condition. The fish are wild and smart, but will almost always eat if fished for with the right technique.
Brad Atwell
(865) 803-2008
Brad Atwell - fishing guides in Gatlinburg, TN
A native of North Carolina, Brad grew up in a family that loved outdoor activities especially if it involved fishing. Lakes for crappie, ponds for bluegill and largemouth, rivers for catfish, and saltwater inlets and beaches for flounder were the destinations his father shared with him as a child. Brad began fishing for trout while attending college at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. where he explored the Grandfather Mountain and Wilson Creek Wilderness wild trout streams extensively. He would spend all free time away from classes exploring the many miles of streams in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He expanded his river fishing to smallmouth bass on the New River in North Carolina and Virginia. Since that time, he has fished rivers in Colorado, Oregon, New York, and Missouri for trout, salmon, and smallmouth. Currently, Brad’s wife and son join him on trips to the Outer Banks of NC and the Florida Keys. Since 2007, he has expanded his passion for sharing these memorable times with family and friends into a career with Smoky Mountain Angler. He now shares his fly fishing and outdoor adventures in the Smoky Mountains and East Tennessee with clients, whether wading for wild and native trout in the national park or floating the tail-waters.
Chad Fouts - fishing guides in Gatlinburg, TN
Chad Fouts
(865) 332-6270
Growing up as a Navy Brat gave Chad the opportunity to fish both fresh and salt water. At only two years old, he already had a fishing rod in his hand. He was very interested in bass fishing, along with salt water whenever he had the chance. On an unforgettable family vacation to The Smokies, Chad caught his very first trout. He immediately fell in love with the species and was hooked. Trout fishing became his new passion. It seemed he couldn't get fly fishing off his mind, especially for trout. He graduated high school early to come work for the Fisheries Biology Team in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. He did extensive studies on the Smokies trout health and population, as well as multiple restorations of the Native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout. Once he was done working with the park he joined the Coast Guard. Vacation time and port calls become completely devoted to catching fish on the fly. After the Coast Guard, he returned to his family home in middle Tennessee and continued to catch bass and trout. However, he couldn't forget the beautiful Smoky Mountain natives and quickly moved to Gatlinburg so he would never have to be without a fly rod in his hand. He is now the manager of The Smoky Mountain Angler, as well as a guide. If he's not in the shop, you can bet he's on the water.
Tyler Jenkins
Tyler Jenkins - fishing guides in Gatlinburg, TN
Although he was born in South Florida, Capt. Tyler Jenkins has grown up around Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an area where his family originated from. He has worked for The Smoky Mountain Angler since 2008, though he has been fishing for his entire life. During his years at college, Tyler simultaneously obtained his United States Coast Guard Captain’s License, to which he responds that it made sense because he spent just as much time on the water as he did in the classroom! Tyler is not limited to the types of fish he pursues throughout the year, either. From carp to trout and from smallmouth to striped bass, Tyler loves to chase them all with both fly and conventional tackle and he loves helping others have the same heart-pumping adrenaline rush that he gets from catching the great sportfish of East Tennessee, whether they be beautiful wild trout in the smallest of streams or acrobatic smallmouth in rocky rivers. When not working as a guide during the summer, Tyler is a Reading/Language Arts teacher at one of our local elementary schools.
CJ Stancil - fishing guides in Gatlinburg, TN - fishing guides in Gatlinburg, TN
CJ Stancil
CJ comes to Smoky Mountain Angler as our newest guide but lacks nothing in experience. Born in Chattanooga Tennessee he moved to South Florida and lived for 10 years. There he pursued a career in professional baseball but always found time to salt water fish. After giving up baseball he changed his bat out for a fly rod. He continued deep sea fishing and salt water fly fishing before moving back to Tennessee. He has been fly fishing for wild trout in the GSMNP for more than 9 years. CJ has chased trout from one end of the state to the other in its wild trout streams and tail waters. He loves teaching the art of fly fishing to beginners. CJ is currently forming the Black Bear Task Force which works in cooperation with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Appalachian Bear Rescue and the National Park Service. You always receive a quick lesson on bear management or as he says "people management " while on his fishing outings. This season CJ is donating 6 % of his earnings from guided trips to the ABR and invites everyone to follow the bear rescue on Facebook.
Josh Stinnett
Josh Stinnett - fishing guides in Gatlinburg, TN
Josh grew up locally in Sevierville and began fishing the Smokies when he was about 8. He also attends school at ETSU in Johnson City and has plentiful experience fishing both small mountain streams such as those found in the National Park as well as larger tailwaters such as the Watauga and Clinch river. Josh specializes in fishing tiny mountain streams for wild Brook Trout.