Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Maryville, TN

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Josh Pfeiffer

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon865-719-0227 Phone icon865-679-3988 Email iconpheasanttail12@live.com Link iconfrontieranglerstn.com
Maryville, TN

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The Story

We are a fly fishing guide service in East Tennessee specializing in trout and smallmouth bass located in the small city of Maryville, between Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fly Fishing is our passion and we enjoy sharing our knowledge and experience with others in order to make it their passion as well. We specialize in fly fishing, but will alter your trip to your liking. We practice catch and release so that others may enjoy the same experience. Whether you are a first time fly fisher or you are a seasoned veteran, you are always welcome with us.

Date Range

Fishing is open year around with no season set. With lots of options to choose from there's always water to catch trout or smallmouth around our area.

What is provided to customer

All gear is provided to customers at no additional costs.

Region/Terrain where you fish

East and Middle TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Freestone streams with steep grades littered with large granite boulders. These trips are all wade fishing as streams are shallow and narrow with miles of pocket water loaded with wild trout which is easily accessible throughout the entire park.

Holston River, Clinch River and Caney Fork River - Cold clear tailwaters with heavy populations of Rainbow and Brown Trout with quality hatches offering great dry fly fishing at times and scenery to match. These trips are offered as float trips out of drift boats and rafts.

French Broad River, Holston River, Pigeon River, and Little River - These are some of the best Smallmouth Bass rivers in the country and just 30 minutes to 1 hour from our front door. With the exception of the little river most of our Smallmouth rivers are tailwaters which allows us to have a longer season to fish for them with very clear/shallow water with consistent water temps making the perfect combo for topwater action.

Typical Weather by Season

(Dec - March) - Cold mornings with moderate afternoons and mostly dry.

(April - May) - Cool mornings with very comfortable afternoons and occasional rain showers.

(June - August) - Comfortable mornings with warm afternoons and possibility of pop up thunderstorm.

(September - November) - Cool to comfortable mornings with very comfortable afternoons and mostly dry.

What Should Customers Bring?

Bring any personal gear that is desired, but always bring comfortable rain gear, dress proper for the occasion and always have protective eyewear.

Species You Fish for by Season

Spring is best for trout (dry flies) and some early pre-spawn smallmouth bass action. (subsurface)

Summer is best for smallmouth bass. (topwater)

Fall is best for trout (nymphs and streamers) and late smallmouth bass. (subsurface)

Winter is best for trout. ( nymphs and streamers)

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Day w/Grandson on the Holston River “Flyfishing with your grandson is not about the fish—it’s about the time spent together catching them” And Spring is arguably the best time of year for fly fishing. The reason is that there are more insects hatching on the rivers and streams than any other time. Liam (age 13) and I went with ORVIS guide Josh Pfiefer, on the Holston River near Knoxville, Tennessee. Josh is the BEST! We had a wonderful day!! What a beautiful day and the fly fishing was even better. We caught twenty rainbows and one brown—-and Liam bested grandpa with a hefty 22 inch Rainbow. Life is GOOD.
Date published: 2021-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had a blast! We just finished our 3rd year fishing with Josh. He is an amazing guide, extremely patient, knowledgeable and he works extremely hard to help you have the best day possible! We spent a day trout fishing and then another day small mouth fishing. Josh's energy and passion around helping his clients is evident from the moment the day starts. We also spent a day with Gary Troutman as well and had a great time as well! If you are in East TN, you need to spend some time on the river with Josh...you won't regret it!
Date published: 2021-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trip! We had a great trip! Whether you're just looking to get out for a day of fishing or are trying to learn the fundamentals, Josh is your man. We caught more fish than we could count, learned a ton about the sport, and had fun doing it.
Date published: 2021-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First float trip Recently floated the Holston with Josh. He was very knowledgeable on the River and knew every hole/run to fish. My buddy and I caught Rainbow from the first run to the last. It was “one of those days” on the water. Josh is very helpful with tips and tricks to land fish with the fly rod. Josh is very personable and feels more like one of your fishing buddies vs a “disinterested” guide. He is first class and I will be taking more trips in the future with him. I highly recommend Josh and the experience.
Date published: 2021-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day on the water! Josh and Gary were the guides for four of us on a trout fishing trip down the Holston. It was a great day and they knew exactly what to do to put us on the fish. Josh, who was in my boat, was patient with us and was incredibly helpful with all of the tangles and snags. He gave us expert instruction and made sure everything was perfect. We'll be using Frontier Anglers again!
Date published: 2021-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Fly Fishing Trip My friend invited me along with him and his friend Josh bc he knew I was new to fly fishing and knew Josh was a great guide along with being an excellent teacher. My friend was NOT mistaken. I had only "practiced" with my fly rod before and never fished with it. Josh, gave me great pointers throughout the day and "gentle" reminders to help me with my casting. Josh was not over bearing at all but rather gives you hints on how your cast could be better and was quick to compliment you on a "good" cast. But, to me, the point was to catch fish, not become an excellent fly caster on my first outing. So, to Josh's credit, we caught more fish than I have ever caught, in a day, in my life. It was so Awesome. Josh knew just where to cast and which flies to use. We tried different fly combinations throughout the day as conditions changed. So, this allowed for different fishing techniques, which Josh explained was necessary to entice a bite. Of course there is no guarantee when you go fishing that you are going to catch any but Josh's knowledge and experience will ensure you the best possible outcome. So, I am extremely happy with his performance and he is a very personable guy to boot. His love of fly fishing as well as love of nature shines through. Jeff
Date published: 2021-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trip!! I had a blast and we lost count on the number of fish we caught. Josh is awesome!!
Date published: 2021-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great teacher and fisherman. Knowing how to put people on fish and teaching them how to fish are two very different things. Josh does both with such an easy manner that you barely realizes it’s happening, until you got a first time fly fisherman boating a 19” smallie. I’ve been fly fishing in East TN for over 30 years, taken guided trips all over the country, and Josh is as good as they get anywhere. Professional, patient, personable and productive. I will personally guarantee he makes any trip, be it for beginners or life long fly casters, a great and memorable experience.
Date published: 2021-04-17
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