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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2018, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Last minute trout destination in Tennessee ?

Hi, I will be flying to Knoxville,Tennessee to visit my sister and just realized I'b be able to get a free day( maybe?) to fly fish for trout on next friday. Yeee !

Now its gonna be my fist visit there. Know nothing about the waters there...

I'd like to know if someone can suggest a river or two that I could wade near Knoxville .Easy access,etc.

I don't plan on organizing a drift boat ride because I am not sure yet what I am gonna do.

On the orvis site the Clinch River or Houston Proper seems good now but will I be able to wade ?

Any advice would be appreciated

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Do a search for fly shops in Tennessee & see what comes up. Or maybe browse thru the adds of lodges & guide services in every fly fishing magazine you can find @ one of the major book stores.

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Unfortunately all the tail waters near Knoxville are completely blown out due to record fall rainfall. There is about a zero chance of wading any Tn or N.C. or KY tailwater for rest of the year. Your only option to consider is a day up in the GSMNP as there is some decent late fall fishing there IF the current snow storm coming between now and your visit does not blow the park streams out too. Three Rivers fly shop in KNX or Little River Outfitters in Townsend can update you or you can PM me if you wish( but I think I have pretty well told you the options ).
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How far are you willing to travel? About two hours away in cherokee nc the tribe runs about two miles of fly fishing only trophy water on the ravens fork along with miles and miles of other trout water thats managed pretty well. The trophy water can get fairly crowded but there’s plenty of water other than the trophy water that’s really nice as well. You do need to get a cherokee license and a trophy stamp if you want to fish the trophy water.

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Also within two hours is the watauga and south holston rivers. I’ve never fished the watauga so I don’t have any first hand knowledge of that but the south holston near the dam has some very good wading access as well as spots to swing a trout spey.

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Thx very much guys for your advice. Its sometimes hard to get an honest answer from the outfitters on the conditions... I could drive to NC within 2 hours if its promising no problem or maybe the Tellico river ? But I'll make sure to check how much rain you've been getting this week before packing. And if everything is flooded well, I'll be on a quest for a good bourbon instead ;-) Thx again.
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