Is Tennessee Good for Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing in Tennessee has long been a popular pastime for anglers from all around the country. With an abundance of lakes, rivers, and streams, there is plenty of opportunity to catch a variety of species. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has some of the best trout fishing in the country, while tailwaters offer a variety of other species like smallmouth bass and musky.

The state is home to several renowned fly fishing spots, including Dale Hollow Lake in the northern part of the state, which is known for its incredible smallmouth bass fishing. The Clinch River is another favorite spot, offering anglers the opportunity to catch rainbow trout and brown trout in addition to smallmouth bass. Other notable rivers include the Cumberland River and Caney Fork River, both of which are well-stocked with fish and provide excellent fly fishing opportunities.

Tennessee also boasts several hatcheries that supply fish for fishermen throughout the state. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) operates several hatcheries throughout the region that are stocked with rainbow trout and brown trout. The TVA also operates several coldwater fisheries that are stocked with native brook trout.

Fly fishing in Tennessee is not limited to just rivers and lakes; there are also plenty of opportunities for anglers to pursue their favorite quarry on public lands such as national wildlife refuges or state wildlife management areas. There are also numerous private fly-fishing clubs that offer members access to exclusive waters stocked with fish.


All things considered, it is clear that Tennessee offers excellent fly fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. With an abundance of rivers, lakes, streams, and hatcheries full of fish waiting to be caught, Tennessee is a great place for any fly fisherman looking for an unforgettable experience!

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Michael Allen