Blackberry Farm Fly-Fishing Lodge in Tennessee

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Blackberry Farm


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1471 West Millers Cove Road
Walland, TN 37886

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The Story

Blackberry Farm is an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge in Tennessee, often described as "Easy to get to. Hard to leave." Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, it was named by Men's Journal as one of the 10 best fly-fishing lodges around the world in 2019, Orvis-Endorsed Lodge of the Year in 2003 and 2004, and included on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List several years in a row. This 65-room Relais & Chateaux property offers some of the world's finest wines, cuisine, fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, sport clay, cycling, and mountain biking opportunities. In addition to an abundance of outdoor activities, Blackberry Farm offers a Spa and a series of annual culinary, enrichment, and adventure events.

Blackberry Farm offers 65 guest accommodations, including Estate Rooms, Cottage Suites, Hill Cottages, Farmstead Cottage, and multi-bedroom houses, all beautifully appointed and furnished with fine antiques. Personal service and attention to detail are the defining elements of Blackberry Farm's award-winning reputation. Our individual rates are based on double occupancy and include nightly accommodations, pantry snacks, and three meals per day of our celebrated Foothills Cuisine.

Enjoy the original Blackberry Farm experience in our warm and elegant Estate Rooms. Choose a room with either a fabulous king- or queen-sized feather topped bed. These charming rooms are uniquely appointed with fine art and antiques and have access to common living areas with fireplaces and fully stocked pantries complete with snacks, sodas and bottled water.

Indulge yourself in one of our luxurious Cottage Suites for the ultimate experience in privacy and comfort. Enjoy your morning coffee on your own covered porch with rocking chairs and relax in your spacious suite by the wood-burning fireplace or on your fluffy, king-size featherbed. Blackberry's most exclusive accommodations offer large bathrooms with double vanities and whirlpool tub, walk-in closet and a stocked pantry with complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Warm and welcoming, the Hill Cottages are a fashionable approach to ultimate luxury and comfort. Shaped by regional influence and modern American design, the cottages provide an authentic contemporary experience with the lasting elegance of old world antiques and classic purpose. The cottages are designed to offer guests indulging choices and unexpected nuances. Curl up by the fireplace, enjoyed from both the living room as well as the outdoor screened porch, escape in the oversized soaking tub, and enjoy a bite of Foothills Cuisine in the dining nook or a glass of world-class wine while slowly swaying in the rockers on the front porch. The cottages come with state-of-the-art technology, including high-speed internet, flat screen televisions and integrated sound systems throughout, including the bath suite, with theatre surround-sound in the living room. Patterned for the quintessential luxury experience, the Cottages present an unmatchable getaway. Also included are your own golf cart and personal concierge.

Perfect for couples, families or a group of ladies traveling together, the houses provide three and four bedroom options with common areas, kitchens, and plush living spaces. These accommodations also offer the best private chef and dining experiences with their fully-functioning kitchens and dining rooms.

Season:

Blackberry Farm operates year-round.

Species:

SPECIES YOU'LL FISH FOR BY SEASON
Fly fishing is a year round opportunity at Blackberry farm. With more than 700 miles of water at our back door we can find fish somewhere.

Spring brings the first and largest fly hatches of the year. March through early June offers some of the best dry-fly fishing on both the float trips as well as on property and mountain wading experiences. We are usually fishing through most of the spring for rainbow and brown trout with both dry and wet flies.

Summer brings with it warmer temperatures and lower water. We typically start heading for higher-elevation streams for rainbow and brown trout. We also find the warmer temperatures to be a great excuse to venture higher in elevation in search of the native brook trout. Most of our aquatic insect activity occurs in the spring, so we are normally fishing various dry flies and terrestrials most of the summer. Several of our local rivers also offer warm water fishing opportunities. Smallmouth bass fishing is a summer time favorite!

Fall brings a welcome cool down. We are generally still dry-fly fishing in the mountain and on property streams for rainbow, brown, and brook trout. There are a few more active aquatic insects in the fall than the summer. We are normally using dry flies on warmer days and will start to nymph as the fall progresses.

Winter fishing can still be fantastic on Hesse creek, our on-property stream. Fishing in many of the off site locations can slow a bit, but is still a possibility throughout most of the winter.

Region/Terrain:

With close to a mile of managed water on property and close to 800 miles of off-property water in our back yard, we have something to offer anglers of all skill levels. From the beginner looking to learn to cast, to the complete angler looking for the challenge of wary and wild trout, our program can be customized to fill any need. We offer wading trips on and off property to anglers of all skill levels as well as off-property drift boat trips down scenic dam controlled tailwaters.

Hesse Creek, on property, is a stocked and managed fishery. It offers anglers a chance to catch trophy-sized rainbow and brown trout. It is an excellent place to enjoy and learn the sport of fly fishing, but also has something to offer anglers of all skill levels. The Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 700 miles of fishable trout water containing wild rainbow, brown, and brook trout. All these streams are small freestone streams that offer wading opportunities for anglers. Many of the streams are accessible from the road while others require some hiking to get to.

The float trips down the Clinch and Holston rivers are full day adventures guided from a drift boat. Both rivers contain rainbow and brown trout. The Holston River is best fished in the spring while the Clinch is a year round fishery. The Holston River as well as a few other local waterways offer great smallmouth bass fishing as well!

Typical Weather:

Spring: March typically brings with it our first warmer days as winter fades. Our fishing really tends to pick up by mid March as our day time highs start to reach near the 70 degree F mark, although evenings can still be quite chilly through April. Spring is also a fairly wet season in East Tennessee.

Summer: As we sneak through June and ease into summer, we typically start to dry out and heat up. Late summer can bring daytime highs into the 90s and mid afternoon to early evening rain showers are quite common.

Fall: Much like our spring, fall brings with it cooler temperatures and the much awaited color change of the hill sides. Highs are in the 70s and lows are down to the mid 40s. Our peak foliage color tends to be in the first or second week of November.

Winter: As winter sets in, our temperatures begin to fall. Although we experience fairly mild winters, we can see lows down into the 20s and highs in the mid to upper 40s. We do get a small amount of snow fall during the average winter but normally don't experience any accumulation.

Rates:

Rates vary based on accommodation type, starting at $895. Our rates include dinner on the day of arrival through lunch/brunch the day of departure in one of our restaurants during traditional dining hours (7:30-10:30 a.m., Noon-2:30 p.m. and 6:00-10:00 p.m.), along with all pantry snacks, pantry non-alcoholic beverages, and non-guided activities such as hiking, canoeing/fishing on Walland Pond, and tennis.

What is Provided:

Blackberry Farm can provide all the equipment needed for a day on the water. We use all Orvis equipment including rods, reels, waders, and boots of all sizes. We are happy to outfit our guests with everything they may need for their experience. Blackberry Farm also welcomes our guests to bring their own equipment if desired.

Gear Recommendations:

Pack your walking shoes, boots, slacks, and jackets for your adventure at Blackberry Farm! During the fall and winter, layers are suggested as temperatures can vary throughout the day. While dining at The Barn, gentlemen are required to wear jackets; however, ties are optional. Ladies are requested to dress accordingly.

For those interested in fly fishing at Blackberry Farm, we offer everything an angler needs to be equipped for a day of fly fishing. However, we would recommend packing attire appropriate for the season. A light jacket for the spring and fall and maybe a rain jacket for both seasons as well. A second layer may also be needed for winter fishing. Don't forget to bring your camera not only for pictures of the fish, but the beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery as well.

What to Bring:

Blackberry Farm has so much to offer that there really is no typical itinerary. From fly fishing to culinary experiences, we have many activities to do while on the farm.

The typical fishing experience originates at our streamside fly shop. We can then proceed to the casting pond for either a full casting lesson or just a few minutes to knock the dust off. After a casting lesson or refresher, we head straight to the stream that is literally off the front porch of our log cabin fly shop. Off property fishing trips such as our float trips or Smoky Mountain experiences depart from the front desk. Your guide will meet you at the front desk with all of the gear and necessities for the day.

Other:

Q. What destinations are available off-property?
A. We offer guided trips to the Smoky Mountains National Park and float trips down the Holston and Clinch tailwaters. The Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 700 miles of fishable trout water containing wild rainbow, brown, and brook trout. All these streams are small freestone streams that offer wading opportunities for anglers. Many of the streams are accessible from the road while others require some hiking to get to.

The float trips down the Clinch and Holston Rivers are full-day adventures guided from a drift boat. Both rivers contain rainbow and brown trout. The Holston River is best fished in the spring while the Clinch is a year round fishery. As we move towards the warmer months, several local waterways offer great opportunities for smallmouth bass!

Q. What types of fly fishing trips do you offer?
A. We offer a variety of trips on and off property. On property, we offer instruction and guided fly fishing on Hesse creek. We can offer trips and lessons from two hours up to full days on property. Off property, we offer either half- or full-day wading trip into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or full-day floats down either the Clinch or Holston Rivers.

Q. Should I fish on or off property?
A. Hesse Creek, on property, is a stocked and managed fishery. It offers anglers a chance to catch trophy-sized rainbow and brown trout. It is an excellent place to enjoy and learn the sport of fly fishing, but also has something to offer anglers of all skill levels.

Off-property fishing can be a little more technical and is probably better suited for anglers who have already been introduced to the sport. However, if you are looking for a great way to see the beauty of East Tennessee you might want to do it while exploring a stream. We can teach anglers of any skill level to fish the park streams or our tail waters.

Additional Activities:

On-site Activities:
Regardless of the season, Blackberry Farm offers countless activities and adventures to fulfill your every desire. Pamper your mind and body at our Farmhouse Spa. Enjoy our Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing while surrounded by the pristine tranquility of Hesse Creek. Find yourself on a relaxing nature hike. Freewheel down mountain byways and down country roads on a custom Allied bike. Explore our other activities including yoga, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, geocaching, paintball, horseback riding, fox hunting, carriage rides, swimming, tennis, shotgun sports, wake surfing, cooking demonstrations and whiskey tastings. Be as active as your heart desires!

Off-site Activities:
Enjoy the beautiful view of the Smoky Mountains from one of our Lexus vehicles! If you choose to venture off property, might we suggest a scenic ride through Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or an afternoon of antique shopping in nearby Townsend. If it is adventure you seek, join our fly-fishing guides for a float trip at one of our nearby rivers or enjoy fly fishing in a stream in the national park!

Blackberry Farm's renowned cuisine is definitely rooted in what comes from our farm as well as the region. Often described as Foothills Cuisine®, it wanders the line between refined and rugged, borrowing from both haute cuisine and the country food indigenous to Blackberry's Smoky Mountain heritage.

We create our menus based on the bounty of the season, our heirloom garden, and the foods of our Southern heritage, and we prepare food that is never meant to intimidate but rather to satisfy and nourish. We present it in ways that are fancy and familiar, with a glimpse–maybe even a beautiful view–of the link between kitchen and garden, between heritage and innovation.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best experience ever! We had so much fun fly fishing at Blackberry Farm! Our instructor was patient and knowledgeable and a terrific teacher! We can’t wait to return!
Date published: 2021-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chris was awesome! We had a great time fly fishing with Chris! He was a great instructor and we caught a lot of fish. We had so much fun!
Date published: 2020-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Experience Our guide, Kendall is the best!! Husband had a wonderful time fly fishing for his birthday. Caught several large trout!
Date published: 2020-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience My guide was a young very knowledgeable young man who made me feel very comfortable. Taught me the basics and we actually caught quite a few fish. Had a great time!
Date published: 2020-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great personalized attention! My wife and I had an hour private instruction session with Kendal while staying at Blackberry Farm. He was fantastic. Very informative and helpful. Especially for us as first time fly fishers who also don’t fish at all, he was very patient and was very hands on so we never felt like we were doing something blind. From his time with us and from talking to him, it’s apparent that he not only loves fly fishing but he respects the fish and the environment in which he fishes, which was so admirable to see.
Date published: 2019-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well done My wife, two daughters, and I had a two hour beginner’s fly fishing lesson while we stayed at Blackberry Farm. Chris and Kendal were obviously very knowledgeable about fly fishing, but they were able to really help us beginners with the basics. We had a great time, and we are interested in learning more. It was a fun experience.
Date published: 2019-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most incredible anniversary trip! This was our most favorite destination in all of our worldwide travels! The service was amazing. The fly fishing experience was incredible, with our guide Nick who made it a memorable experience. We have been looking up fly-fishing trips since our stay at Blackberry Farms, and cannot wait to visit again!
Date published: 2019-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Fishing Instructions The guides were so great and personable. They took two beginners and made the experience the best!
Date published: 2019-08-02
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