Fightmaster Fly Fishing, TN

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Maryville, Tennessee

Overview

Fightmaster Fly Fishing is a service-minded guide service that welcomes everyone from the first-time caster to the veteran angler. Listed as one of the South's best fishing guides by Garden & Gun magazine, Rob has been sharing his passion with folks for more than 20 years, and takes pride in customizing each and every trip to exceed the customers' expectations. We offer roadside and backcountry wade trips in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as wade trips for trout and smallmouth in a variety of nearby tailwaters and freestone rivers.

Date Range

We are a year-round operation with peak fishing times occurring from mid-March through mid-June, and again from mid-September through late November.

What is Provided to Customer

We provide any and all fishing gear needed for no additional charge. Customers needing wading gear should provide sizing information prior to the trip. We provide bottled water on all trips as well as lunch and soft drinks on full-day trips.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers 800 miles of wild trout water. We wade fish these small to mid-sized streams and accessibility varies from roadside to backcountry hiking. The streams consist of very rocky bottoms and typically moderate current speeds, and we are rarely more than thigh deep.

We also wade the Clinch River tailwater for trout. While far flatter terrain, rocks can still be slippery in some places and slightly deeper wading will be encountered. A short hike may be required to reach some destinations.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring is typically very mild here and is one of the best seasons to fish. Highs range from upper 50s (early spring) to low 80s (late spring).

Summers can be hot here with temperatures typically in the upper 80s to low 90s. Less rainfall and warmer water temperatures can slow down fishing on lower elevation rivers, usually making small, highcountry streams the best bet.

Fall is another great time to fish this area, with mild temperatures through most of the day and brilliant foliage in late October and early November. Early fall tends to find lower water levels while rain amounts tend to increase in November.

Winter is mild here for the most part, with typical highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Outside of the occasional warm spell, fishing in the mountains will be slow, but tailwaters and delayed-harvest streams can still provide good opportunities.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

Typical full-day trips last 8-10 hours and half days last about 4-5 hours. We really don't have a standard itinerary as we customize each and every trip to best suit the client. Start times will vary based on season and preference. Meeting locations will be determined by destination and convenience to client.

Species

Species You Fish for by Season

We fish for trout year-round with peak fishing in the spring and fall. Spring offers the best hatches in the mountains and on the tailwaters. Dry-fly fishing is usually good in the mountains most of the year regardless of hatches.

Tailwater fishing on the Clinch can be good all year as long as water releases from the dam are favorable. April, May, & June are typically the best months to fish the Clinch.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

While we always have a camera on hand for fish photos, you may wish to bring one for your own personal shots. Sunscreen and bug spray is also something we keep on hand but you might bring your own if you have specific preferences. For trips in the Smokies, we strongly recommend dressing in earth-tone clothing and avoiding bright colored hats and shirts. Polarized sunglasses and a rain jacket are also recommended regardless of forecast.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What kinds of fish do you fish for?
A.We fish for trout year-round with peak fishing in the spring and fall. Spring offers the best hatches in the mountains and on the tailwaters. Dry-fly fishing is usually good in the mountains most of the year regardless of hatches.

Smallmouth fishing will be best from late spring through early fall.

Reviews

Fightmaster Fly Fishing
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Rob Fightmaster
PO Box 531
Alcoa, TN 37701
865-607-2886

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