The Great Smoky Mountains and their surrounding region have some of the best wild brook and brown trout fishing in the United States. It is also home to a rich tradition of fly tying, giving rise to many patterns designed not only for the tumbling mountain streams that characterize the region, but also for some of the highly selective fish in the state’s many catch and release trout streams.
Each chapter features a stunning macro image of the fly, a detailed recipe, and practical fishing information. In addition, author Kevin Howell explains the stories behind many of the flies, making this book an invaluable resource for anyone planning to visit the region as well as residents that want to learn how to catch more fish in their local waters.
Kevin Howell is the owner and operator of Davidson River Outfitters Inc. and a managing partner of Pesca Consultants, both located in Pisgah Forest. Kevin has been guiding the rivers and streams of Western North Carolina and East Tennessee for trout and smallmouth bass since the mid-1980s. He is the 2006 Fly Fishing Masters World Champion. In 2017 he was inducted into the “Legends of the Fly” Hall, and in 2018 he was inducted into the Southeast Fly Fishing Museum Hall of Fame.
Kevin has contributed to or coauthored several books on fishing, including 25 Best National Parks for Fly Fishing and 50 Best Places to Fly Fish in the Southeast. He has written articles for Fly Fisher, Trout, Eastern Fly Fishing, Southern Trout, and Gink and Gasoline and has been featured on several fishing and outdoors television shows. He lives in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.