Since our beginning, Mountain River Fly Shop has been dedicated to providing the very finest equipment, clothing, and service to the fly fishing community. Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned fly fisher, we are here to help.
Our location, just minutes from the River makes it convenient for the fly fisher. We are considered the ''Trout Capital of the USA''. Our friendly crew is passionate about fly fishing and always happy to share their knowledge. We have a great selection to choose from. Fly Rods, Fly Reels, Fly Tying Materials, Waders and Clothing. Visit our shop to find out what the fish are hungry for or to share your fishing adventure with us. Check out our Youtube Fishing Show if you have time!
GUIDED FISHING TRIPS
These rates are for full day trips and include guide, boat, rods, flies, lunch and drinks. You only need to bring your waders and your enthusiasm. Waders are available to buy or rent if you do not have your own. Please call for more information or to set up a fun day of fishing with us.
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More important than lure selection, we believe in the proper approach to the right kind of water & perfect presentation. More important than lure selection, we believe in the proper approach to the right kind of water and perfect presentation. We are very simple fisherman when it comes to lure selection. My personal box does not vary outside of a few simple baits.
Trout; brand favorites; Little Cleo, Blue Fox, Mepps XD, Rapala. Most all spinners and spoons I fish are 1/4 oz. unless very low water, then 1/8, 1/16 oz. Colors; Cleos, nickel-copper-gold. Blue Fox- wildeye or plain, silver or gold. Mepps XD (dressed or not) gold, black, black body gold blade, gold body- brown trout or rainbow blade. Rapala CD 3,5,7 in silver/black, gold/black rainbow and brown trout and fat raps.
Flies: Wooleys size 6-12 all common colors (olive is the go-to color). Emergers, soft hackles, sowbugs & scuds sizes 10-18. I also fish an assortment of micro-jigs under a larger indicator from the boat. Pink, olive, brown & gray marabou (1/64 & 1/32): also san juan jigs in pink, red, natural & orange. That's the trout menu. Pretty simple!
Smallmouth bass-my favorite! Menu includes; soft plastics- 4" zoom lizards, centipedes, finesse worms all in natural colors (watermelon, watermelon red, green pumpkin, pumpkin). Texas rig in deep holes w/ tight structure. Carolina rig in current and fish on the swing. Slip sinkers in 1/8 and 3/16 oz.- 1/0 and 2/0 light wire hooks. In-line spinners work well in the shoals and faster current. Mad Man or Yum crawfish tubes w/ 1/8 oz. jig heads are a must (natural colors). Mizmo tube jigs (like Gitzits), 1/8 oz. Jig heads (natural colors). Flukes, tiny torpedos & pop r's are good choices on the surface.
Bass Flies: Wooley buggers, Bass Bullies, Clouser Minnows, Crawfish patterns (natural colors, big, ugly & hairy!) Poppers, hoppers and divers.
All of our rods, for both rivers & either species of fish, are medium action 5 1/2 or 6 ft graphite and spooled with lo-vis green Stren 6 lb line. You can use lighter actions for the trout, but wouldn't for the bass (you could chance losing a nice fish to a wimpy rod). We use 4 to 6 weight fly rods with matching weight forward line. It is a good idea to have an extra spool with mid-range sink tip line. Bass fly fishers will be well served to have a full sink line. If you happen to be in Nashville and don't happen to catch any fish. We have a backup plan for you, and that is the best catfish Nashville has to offer! We think this is simply the best restaurant in Nashville with their unique wild game offerings, unlike any other restauarnt you have been to for sure, they even have a 3,000 gallong catfish pond indoors! NO FISHING THOUGH!
Although the water has cleared up from all the rains, fishing was tough for us at The Shoals Sunday. Of course I don’t know how beat up the water was from the previous fishermen below me, but as they moved out and we moved down, the fish were not taking the usual tan scud or even the “notorious green egg” that had been working so well for us since December. But we tied on several different patterns with no luck and kept moving.
The last two weeks have been great on Crooked Creek. With the weather warming, the Smallmouth population began a feeding frenzy leading into the spawn and a short period of inactivity. It was apparent that the fishing was not as good as the previous week and towards the end of our float we discovered why. On a long flat pool before the take out point we saw a lot of smallies on the beds or building them. They have started to spawn and where not as interested in feeding as the week before post-spawn feeding. The next several weeks will be hit and miss and then they will begin a pre-spawn feeding.