Guided fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on Tennessee tailwaters with guide David Knapp

Interested in fly fishing the Smokies? Wanting to learn how to fly fish on Tennessee tailwaters? As a long time angler and educator, I bring both the fly fishing knowledge required for a successful outing as well as the teaching skills to help you improve as a fisherman. Guided fly fishing trips in the Smokies or on Tennessee tailwaters can be tailored to just about any skill level and ability.

Teaching new fly fishermen is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. Seeing the smile on someone's face after catching their first fish on a fly rod never gets old. Veteran anglers will also enjoy a day on the water with me in the Smokies. I specialize in teaching the high-stick techniques that are so crucial to success on the freestone streams of the Great Smoky Mountains and, more broadly, the southern Appalachian Mountains. If you are wanting to add some dynamic nymphing techniques to your arsenal, contact me about a day on the water. If you feel that you have mastered nymphing and dry fly presentations in the Smokies and want to try something new, a day fishing streamers in the Park might be just the thing. Please contact me to discuss your skill set and expectations before planning on a day of streamer fishing.

In addition to the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains, I also guide on the Caney Fork River offering float trips in a comfortable drift boat or walk/wade trips if you would rather do that. Anglers who want to learn the subtleties of midge fishing or throwing streamers for larger trout will enjoy a day with me on one of our great tailwaters. For the angler looking for something different, I offer both floats and wade trips on several warm water rivers and streams as well for smallmouth bass (ask about musky!). Staying on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau near Crossville or Fairfield Glade? Several of the streams I guide on are within 30 minutes, and if we push that to an hour, we can be on the Caney Fork tailwater. Winter delayed harvest fishing is available fairly close to Crossville as well.  

Contact me to set up a trip today. Find me on Twitter @drknapp83 and on Facebook at 

I have been fishing in middle and east Tennessee for over 25 years and fly fishing for 20+ years.  My favorite place to fish is just about anywhere in the Great Smoky Mountains. Cumberland Plateau smallmouth bass and musky streams along with several Tennessee tailwaters like the Caney Fork (shown above)‚Äč run a close second.

Always wanted to learn to fly fish but never knew how to get started?  Or maybe you are a seasoned angler looking to learn a new trick or two. Regardless of your skill level, I look forward to showing you a fantastic day out on the water!

Photo of the Goshen Prong trail bridge over Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park