Fly Fishing Adventures
in the Southern Appalachians

Happy 4th of July to all of you southeastern anglers out there!  We are pleased to announce that we are now opening up our Cumberland River trips.  With just a little luck, we hope to be fishing the Cumberland through October.  This is a very welcome change from the previous two years when our window for fishing the Cumberland was August and September.  Although winter and spring have been wet seasons (like the last two), USACE has managed the Lake Cumberland reservoir differently for the past 9 months, giving us what appears to be an earlier, longer and more fishable summer season on the tailrace.

For over 15 years the Cumberland River has been a prime target for us this time of year.  As many of our eastern streams and tailwaters may suffer from summer slump, the Cumberland River, due to the lake's size and depth, really shines through the summer and early fall, especially with a little dry weather to encourage the lower flows.  After 10+ years of challenges from dam repair to historical rain events, it looks like the river is now starting to return to what we know and love it to be.
 
The Cumberland River has and always will be "the big fish river" for the southeast.  When the river is at its peak, I feel it is the best trout fishery east of the Mississippi.  Every day is usually a little different.  The river can be a little tricky sometimes.   I think because of its location, hydrology and topography, this river experiences subtle nuances with slight changes in barometric pressure, weather, and slight flow shifts.  Some days can be high fish numbers; some not. But we always go out everyday with a shot at a 20+ inch fish.   If you are traveling more than just an hour or two to fish with us here, we strongly recommend at least a two-day trip to increase your chances of hitting a sweet spot. 

Give us a call and let's go fishing.  Dane 770-655-9210