Best Tennessee Fly Fishing Rivers

Tennessee has 10 fly fish spots.

  September 17, 2018

Located in the US, the fly fishing in Tennessee offers more than a half-dozen beautiful trout streams. The best Tennessee fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Watauga River, South Fork Holston River, Clinch River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Tellico River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a Tennessee fly fishing river or stream below.

Where Can I Fly Fish In Tennessee?


Tennessee Fly Fishing Resources

FEATURED:  Watauga River

  Elizabethton, Tennessee

  April 16, 2017

Near Elizabethton in eastern Tennessee, the Watauga River is known for its fly fishing opportunities. The river can offer up to 100 miles of floating when the water level is low enough. You can expect to find rainbow trout and trophy brown trout in the range of 7 to 15 pounds.

FEATURED:  Clinch River


  October 23, 2017

Northwest of Knoxville near Lake City, the Clinch River is known for fly fishing huge brown trout and large rainbow trout. In Tennessee, the Clinch river runs 150 miles from the Kentucky border west of Kingsport southwest to the Tennessee River confluence.

FEATURED:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  Gatlinburg, Tennessee

  July 20, 2016

North of Ashville and southeast of Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is known for its year-round fly fishing. There are brown trout and brook trout, but both require a lot of patience to land. The brown trout are best in October when they gather to spawn in deep river sections. The brook trout are best April through June in the warmer waters.

FEATURED:  Elk River


  April 16, 2017

West of Chattanooga and Winchester, the Elk River is well known for fly fishing opportunities. The Elk River starts at Tims Ford Lake and runs 100 miles down to Wheeler Lake in Alabama.

FEATURED:  Little River


  April 16, 2017

Southeast of Knoxville, the Little River starts on the slopes of Clingmans Dome in Sevier County and flows 60 miles to Fort Loudon Lake. The upper section of the Little River from the headwaters to Elkmont (7 miles) is popular for fly fishing brook trout. The middle sections are popular for fly fishing rainbow trout and brown trout.