Fantastic Fly Fishing in Sevierville, Tennessee
Discovering Sevierville, Tennessee is an angler’s greatest catch. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the welcoming community of Sevierville offers world-class fly fishing all year round. Come fly fishing to get outdoors, be active, and have fun whatever your age and skill level. Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced angler, whether you prefer to go fly fishing on your own or hire a guide, Sevierville is a great place to cast a line. Here are just five reasons to get hooked on fly fishing in Sevierville.
Ease of access.
Reaching the water is easy in Sevierville, since rivers, streams, and creeks ripple across it. “We have so much water!” says Chad Fouts, manager of Smoky Mountain Angler, a local guide service and shop. “You’ll find world-class smallmouth bass fishing right downtown in the Sevierville City Park!” he says. “Walleye swims in the French Broad River that runs by Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Whether you want to wade into the water or float out on a drift boat, there are tons of public easy-access points, like the West Prong Greenway where there’s parking by Birchfiel Grove right by the Little Pigeon River. Also, below Douglas Dam and the boat ramp above the dam. You can even park at Lowe’s or Kroger, walk behind the stores to the river, wade in, and fish. Plus, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park adjacent to Sevierville offers more than 800 miles of amazing wild trout fishing!”
Sevierville is specifically known as a world-class smallmouth bass fishing destination, but walleye, white bass, wild rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, and several other species swim in local waters, too. “The draw is the size of fish you’re catching,” says Fouts. “You’re catching smallmouth bass that weigh three to seven pounds.”
See nature from a new perspective: Fly fishing takes you to the middle of a river for a view of the wild you’d otherwise miss. As just one example, the Little Pigeon River in the West Prong Greenway offers views of Mount LeConte and the crest of the Smoky Mountains. Wherever you wade or float, you might see eagles soaring overhead, mountains rising behind the water as it skips across stones, or deer stepping toward the shore for a drink.
Fly fishing is a fun workout for your mind and body. You need to think about where to cast, what fly to use, how to attract a trout while using your legs and arms to navigate through water while swinging a rod back and forth—all without a guarantee that you’ll actually catch a fish. When you do catch something, it’s a genuine achievement of perfect fly selection, placement, and drift.
“You’re in it for the chase and fight,” says Fouts of fly fishing. “Smallmouth bass is a definite game fish—you can’t keep it until it’s 21 inches and you’re only allowed one. One great thing about fishing in Tennessee is the state protects it.” (A Tennessee fishing license is required.) Whether you’re new to the sport, prefer some company, or hope to improve your skills, local experts are ready to help with gear, lessons, guided trips, and applicable regulations.
Fish & Stay.
Set the mood for your Sevierville fly-fishing getaway by staying in a cabin with a fishing theme. Among the options…
At Hidden Mountain Resort, Cabin 4052 (a two-bedroom, two-bathroom option) has fishing décor and is near a pond, Cabin 4108 (a three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit dubbed “Mountain Top A-lure”) is near fishing, and both cabins 5224 (“On Golden Pond,” a secluded cabin that sleeps up to 10 people) and 5228 (“Down by the Water,” a three-level log cabin that sleeps up to 12) are on the water. All rentals boast spectacular views, are individually decorated, and offer upscale features like a private hot tub, gas fireplace, full-service kitchen, and property amenities include fishing ponds, seasonal pools, fire pits, and more.
At Oak Haven Resort & Spa, Cabin 63, a three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom log cabin that sleeps up to 12 people, has fishing décor. All cabins at the resort have access to the stocked fishing pond, among the gated resort’s other pampering amenities including an award-winning spa, playground, basketball court, game room, hiking trails, fire pits, and more.
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