(INCLUDED IN TRIP PRICE)
(TRIBAL PERMIT NEEDED)
(WADING IN THE GSMNP)
FLY ROD $30 SPINNING ROD $15 NET $5 WADERS $20 BOOTS $7.50 BOOTIES $2.50
CHEROKEE TROPHY WATER 2 ANGLERS FULL DAY $375
FULL DAY 1 PERSON $375 FULL DAY 2 PERSON $425 per person
-1/2 DAY 1 PERSON $200 -1/2 DAY 2 PERSON $250 -1/2 DAY 3 PERSON $300 -FULL DAY 1 PERSON $275 -FULL DAY 2 PERSON $325 -FULL DAY 3 PERSON $375
The maximum number of clients per guide is 3. Half day trips are approximately 4 hours and full day
trips are 7 1/2 hours. All the gear(limited sizes)is provided in the price of the trip except for
the fishing license. A full payment is required to book trips. The payment is refundable up to 14
days prior to your trip. Lunches are provided only on full days. Licenses can be purchased here at the shop.
From wading in small mountain streams to floating large open tailwaters to fishing private water, there is no better place to gather a storehouse of special moments than the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area. From a youngster's first trout, to pristine mountain streams and vistas, your experiences here will kindle a desire to return for years to come. The mountain trout in the National Park waters are stream-born, wild and very determined to survive! Prohibiting bait and treble hooks levels the playing field and makes each catch a source of pride and sense of accomplishment.
In addition, Gatlinburg offers permits for “city waters” that offer opportunities to catch trout the city stocks each week. This is a great chance for newer and more experienced anglers alike to enjoy the excitement of a “fish on”. There are even sections of the rivers that are designated as "kids only" fishing. Drop by the shop and we will point you in the right direction and provide all you need for a great day on the water.
Smallmouth are one of the most exciting fish to chase on the fly. These often battle near the waters surface and frequently, above it. They are well muscled athletes with speed, power, and stamina. When you chose to take this trip it will be love at first strike. Our float trips are done on the most beautiful streams of the southeast. The French Broad, Tuckasegee, Nolichucky, Pigeon, and the Holston River all hold great fish. Even though we target Smallmouth , you may be surprised. You could hook a Walleye, Striper, and White bass also. On our smallmouth bass float trips, you are welcome to use a fly rod, conventional tackle, or a combination of both. If you plan on using conventional gear, we recommend a medium or medium-light rod that is about 7' in length. If you prefer to fly-fish, you will find that smallmouth will definitely take a fly. When fly-fishing for smallmouth, you should be able to accurately cast 50 feet. Our guides are excellent instructors and a large part of their day involves teaching the finer points of fishing. Whether you are a beginner looking to land your first smallmouth, or a seasoned angler who wants to target the largest fish in the river, our guides will do whatever it takes to make your smallmouth bass fishing experience one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
What is European Nymphing? While still relatively new to most Americans, it is an incredibly effective method of fishing that Europeans have been using for decades now. In fact, the techniques they have developed are one of the main reasons they have been so successful in international competitions.
European Nymphing, in all of its forms, emphasizes line control and quick sinking flies that provide a more direct connection to the fish and allow the angler to detect the subtlest of strikes. Long rods, long leaders, and short casts equal large numbers of fish...even when fishing water that would be considered "unfishable" using more traditional methods.
We have a few guides that excel in this method. When booking a trip just let us know you want to check this method out.
Chad Williams has been guiding for The Smoky Mountain Angler for over fifteen years, and has been guiding in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for almost 20 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.
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.
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.
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.