Smoky Mountain Gillies LLC, TN

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Knoxville, Tennessee

Smoky Mountain Gillies LLC, TN


East Tennessee boasts over 1,000 miles of trout-fishing water. Whether you choose a wade trip in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or a drift-boat trip down a Trout Unlimited “Top 100” tailwater, Smoky Mountain Gillies can tailor an unforgettable trip for anglers of all experience levels.

Date Range

There is no “closed” season, though fishing is best in both the National Park and on the tailwaters from March-October.

What is Provided to Customer

In-trip transportation, casting instruction, lunch, all necessary equipment, flies, tippet, etc.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Wade trips are in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The streams are steep and rocky, but there are plenty of gentler areas and river sections that are appropriate for younger anglers and those with physical limitations. Wild rainbows, browns, and native brookies are all found in both front- and backcountry settings.

Float trips take place on Tennessee Valley Authority tailwaters below hydroelectric dams. The scenery ranges from pastoral to wilderness to residential, and the rivers provide opportunities to target larger fish. There is a mix of stocked and wild trout ranging from 8 inches to over 30 inches.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring: April-June provide the best weather and fewest tourists. Dress for anything, as the morning may be sunny and clear, and the afternoon can be rainy and overcast.

Summer: Hot and dry with afternoon pop-up thunderstorms. We typically head up the mountains or into the backcountry to escape the heat and crowds.

Fall: Brings on the brown spawn. Fishing picks up as air and water temps drop and fish start packing on food for the winter.

Winter: The Park is fishable year-round, though temps in the 30s and 40s slow things down considerably.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Trips begin with a casting lesson/refresher for those who need it. Depending on the desires of the client, we may set out into the backcountry for an all-day adventure with a packed-in lunch, or fish multiple streams/areas with a lunch either streamside or at a developed Park Service picnic area.


Species You Fish for by Season

Rainbows (wild)
Browns (wild)
Brookies (wild and native)

All are year-round fisheries.


What Should Customers Bring?

Appropriate clothing for the weather, Tennessee fishing license (you do not need a “trout stamp” to fish within the Smoky Mountains National Park.)


Smoky Mountain Gillies LLC
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Henry Clay Aalders
3313 Timberlake Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37920

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