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Our Community's Best Advice for First Time Fly Fishers

Posted by Tasha Sullivan on

Our Community's Best Advice for First Time Fly Fishers

Have you ever heard the saying, "two heads are better than one?" Rather than just dishing out our own advice, not long ago, we asked our social media followers for their best advice for first time fly fishers. Our favorite responses:   1.  Find a patient friend or hire a great guide       2.  Time is experience. You wouldn't hire a guide that hadn't spent plenty of time on the water. The more time on the water, the more you learn.       3.  What to Buy First       4.   Remember Why You Started  ...

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Fishing the Caney Fork

Posted by Derrick White on

Fishing the Caney Fork

The Caney Fork River - Written by Susan Thraser, Southern Brookies Overview The Caney Fork River begins near Crossville, Tennessee and is impounded twice over its approximate 140 miles before reaching the Cumberland River. Most notably for trout anglers is the final stretch of river below Center Hill Dam.  The dam is located approximately 70 miles east of Nashville, Tennessee. The 16 miles immediately below the dam is the primary stretch of water supporting trout. This section of the river is stocked annually by the (TWRA) Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency at four main locations: just below the dam, Happy Hollow,...

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Remember when...

Posted by Derrick White on

Remember when...

I can hear it now. You are telling your grandkids about the best fishery in this state. The river where you caught your biggest fish. The river where you spent as much time as possible fishing. As you are telling the story, you transport back to the cool mornings you would spend in waist deep cold water. As the years went on, you needed more layers but you still were out there. Cool fog, hot coffee in a thermos, numb toes and telling yourself you don't have to pee right now. You are imagining your fly cast while you recreate...

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Spring is here!

Posted by Derrick White on

Spring is here!

Acting on a tip, I decided to head up to the park and try to catch some wild trout. I heard it was picking up, and I will say I was not disappointed.  I don't get to "sneak" away much anymore. My fishing days have to be relatively planned these days. While I wanted to get out, I had given up on the thought of fishing this weekend. Yesterday, I was hanging out at my house when my buddy sent me some pictures of some fish he caught at the park. I didn't think much of it until today. After lunch,...

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My heart is on fire

Posted by Derrick White on

My heart is on fire

There are only a handful of places that when you walk in, you walk out a different person. Church, school, combat, the place where you had your first kiss, and for me, the mountains.  My love affair with the mountains unfortunately didn’t start until later in life.   I was born right here in the foothills of the smokies. I grew up in the shadows of the park. I went to high school in Sevier County. In college, I joined young life as a leader in Sevier County and later moved into Gatlinburg-Pittman. My life revolved unknowingly around these mountains. While...

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