Smoky Mountain Memories
As the sun sets on another year in the Great Smoky Mountains we reflect back on many days spent streamside with friends new and old. Its hard not to get misty eyed nostalgic especially sitting here with bluegrass softly playing in the background and the distant sound of the train whistle from old #1702 blowing at the depot. 2018 was a fantastic year for us at Fly Fishing the Smokies. We saw many new smiling faces on the stream and taught more people to fly fish this year than ever other before.
2018 brought many new offerings for our guests with the addition of our private water at Brook Haven; a beautiful 1.25 mile stretch of trout filled creek which culminates with spectacular private waterfalls. Its an amazing and exclusive place. Truly the private water experience you deserve. We added a new river to offer float trips for trout, and added a Smokies Backpacking Trip to the list. We also opened a new Fly Shop in downtown Bryson City filled with everything you need for a day on the water in the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding region.
This past year we won 2018 Fly Fishing Outfitter of the Year and 2018 Fly Fishing Guide of the Year by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. We are incredibly happy with this recognition and still cant thank each of you enough who took time out of your day and voted for us! We also recieved another Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2018.
This past year we filmed with the incredible crew at Wild Outdoor Media for a brand new show on the Sportsman Channel named Reel Bragging Rights. Our good buddy Jim Root travels the globe following his passion in search of incredible fishing. Jim is a professional bass angler and loves to fish. His new show with producer Stephen Neslage airs this January on the Sportsman Channel! We can hardly wait to see all the adventures.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw the wettest year on record with 2018. It seemed to rain nearly everyday somewhere in the region, maybe not everyday, but it sure felt that way looking back. Rain is a good thing for mountain trout. Full flowing creeks and rivers with copious amounts of cold water made for some superb fishing!
We have many new and exciting things to come for 2019! We’re not tipping our hand too much, but you can expect to see some new trips and locations added this year. Who knows maybe even a new fly shop too!
Our hope is God continues to bless all of you in 2019. Many doors were opened this year for us and there is no way it could have happened without the good Lord above. We’re are excited to see what the future holds and hope you all have a Happy New Year!