Our friendship began in the mid-1950s. Day after day as a teenager consumed by fly fishing, I passed an older angler on Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At some point polite “Howdy” or “Any luck?” gave way to conversation. Read more

Good Reads

The Smokies’ Fish Master

Gary Verholek photo

Since joining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a fisheries technician in May 1994, Matt Kulp has yet to find a reason to leave. Kulp took a break from the field for a conversation about trout, water quality and habitat restoration. Read more

Mountain Explorer

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. Read more

Mountain Explorer


Johnny Autry photo

The first time I remember being truly awed by food, it was trout that did it. My family was on vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and we were walking past Smoky Mountain Trout House when I spied an aquarium in the window. Read more

Sweet Appalachia

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. Read more

Good Reads

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. Read more


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. Read more

Mountain Explorer

Sunburst Trout has earned a reputation with chefs near and far—guests at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., will find it on the menu with slow braised collard greens and buttermilk-chive cornbread. Read more

Sweet Appalachia