Abingdon Trout Stream

Bruce Ingram photo

Quality trout streams are common in the Smoky Mountain Region. Indeed, this part of the country is nationally known for its cold water fisheries. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Sam Hunnicutt introduces his book by stating, “I claim to be a perfect hunter and fisherman for game fish; I know the best kinds of hunting outfit to use, I know the best kind of gun to use for killing game and also the best dogs to use for hunting.” more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

From boonies to boomtown and back again, the Hazel Creek community’s complicated history comes to life in a new book from the Great Smoky Mountains Association. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

More than 1 million visitors a year pass through the hallowed halls of the Biltmore House, a show-stopper of colossal proportions, draped in brilliant architecture, laced with captivating history and adorned with lavish antiquities. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

A few weeks earlier, learning to fly fish seemed like a great idea on the eve of turning 40. Something new and adventurous, something novel and romantic. But now I’m doubtful. My vision of whipping S-curves through the air suddenly seems far-fetched. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Queens Creek Lake catch

Golman Passmore photo

Grandpa Mason used a cane pole without a reel to fish Queens Creek Lake in the early days. One day he landed a 6-pound rainbow trout. The word got around about that whopper of a fish. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Learn the Constellations

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

With a new year comes new resolutions. Whether you hope to hike more or stress less, eat better or give back, Smoky Mountain Living offers an only-in-Southern-Appalachia guide to making 2017 your best year yet. more

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Made In The Smokies

Kathryn Ray photo

Whether toiling in tucked-away mountain workshops or bustling tourist studios, the region’s best artisans carry on traditions that have been passed down through the generations—oftentimes in their own families. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

The trout and the bedpan

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

It is late fall in North Georgia, and the cool waters of mountain trout streams provide relief for anglers seeking a respite after the summer’s heat. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

Clingmans secret tunnel

Deb Campbell

Hikers, outdoorsmen, photographers, and locals reveal their favorite treasures of “the back of beyond”—from secluded trails and fishing streams to quiet overlooks and picnic spots. more

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Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park photo

How’s this for a new angle? For the first time since the 1934 establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, all park streams are now open to fishing. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer 1 Comments

Casters of all ages

Donated photo

Springtime is near, and with budding green and showy blooms comes the beginning of derby season. Not the derbies of fleet-footed horses and fancy hats; not the derbies of cars crunching and colliding in fields of smoke and mud, either. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Never doubt a trout

Lee Whitehead photo

The majority of fly fishermen out on the river don’t take the time to think from a trout’s perspective. They are too determined to catch the fish and therefore completely overlook a very important process of fly-fishing — thinking like a trout. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Cherokee fish weir

Becky Johnson photo

Paddlers, fishermen, or those who have enjoyed a cool swimming hole, have probably seen a fish weir—though they may not have recognized it. Fish weirs are structures built within a stream or river that are designed to route and ultimately trap fish. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Josh Stephens

Photo courtesy of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail

Expert angler and Sylva, N.C., native Josh Stephens earned a silver medal in team competition during the 2012 National Fly Fishing Championship in Bend, Oregon. more

Apr 1, 2013 12:00 AM Departments

Drawing flies all year

Jeff Kennedy illustration

Fish tales have been recorded since at least 200 A.D. when the Roman author Claudius Aelianus penned On the Nature of Animals. Aelianus describes what he calls the Macedonian way of catching fish. It is, perhaps, the first account of fly-fishing. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

In the Smokies with Dad

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Saturdays, when it was rainy, Dad and I would “run errands.” We’d go to hardware stores and automotive stores and paint stores and lumber stores. Everybody seemed to know Dad, and he always had a challenge for the men behind the counters. more

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM Good Reads

Fly fishing

Mark Haskett photo

The 2011 U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship will be held this spring from May 19 to 22 in Cherokee. About 60 of the nation’s top fly-fishing experts will test their angling skills along nearby stretches of water. more

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer


Donated photo

Donned in waders and thick-soled boots, I hit the river one overcast and drizzly morning in March with fly-fishing guide Bill Strickland of Davidson River Outfitters. I had often fished as a child using live bait or corn nibblets on a standard hook. more

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer