Float Fishing for Wild Brown Trout
Right on the doorstep of southwest Virginia, in the northeastern corner of Tennessee,
flow some of the most productive tailwater systems in the eastern United States. The
product of deep reservoirs and bottom-release dams, these tailwaters run cold year-
round. Robust insect populations and ample habitat allow a remarkable wild brown trout
population to thrive, and some individuals grow to memorable proportions.
The water releases that feed these tailwaters are all-or-nothing. Low water, or heavy water.
Regular, scheduled high water events provide predictable opportunities to float long
stretches of river and target the rivers' biggest brown trout with large, meaty flies when
they're most vulnerable.
We offer streamer fishing trips year-round, but focus on the fall and winter months of
October - March. The cold months are some of the most productive for hunting large
brown trout, as fishing pressure lightens, low-light conditions become more prevalent,
insect activity slows, and the brown trout feed heavily to bulk up for and recover from
the spawn. This fishing can be incredibly addicting and visual, but is not for the faint of
heart. Overall fish numbers can be low, but when your fly line goes tight, it may be on
Full day float trip for 1 or 2 anglers - $400/$450
Rods, reels, flies, and other tackle are included. Lunch, drinks,
and photos from the day are also provided. Several days prior to
your booked date, we'll work out a meeting time and location,
and discuss lunch options.
What to Bring:
Waders (in cold water months--no studs)
A Tennessee, all-species fishing license is required. You can
purchase yours here.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of
booking, and can be paid by check or Venmo towards the total
cost of the trip. Paypal is accepted, but includes a convenience
fee. The remainder is to be paid on the day of the trip by check
or cash. In order to better serve you, in the event of inclement
weather or poor water conditions, as determined by Matt Reilly,
deposits can be put towards a rescheduled date within a year's
- Note: Listed rate does not include gratuity.
Choosing what to tip can be confusing. Generally, throughout
the service industry, 20% of the trip rate is standard given you
enjoyed your time on the water and your guide. We give 110%
to our clients on the water every day in order to ensure that
you have a memorable, relaxing, and educational adventure that
will stick with you forever. It's our passion and why we do what
The cold months mark some of the best for targeting the largest fish in the river. This 20-inch male brown nailed a streamer and warmed up this cold, November day .
An aggressive male brown that fell for a 6" articulated streamer.
Big brown trout eat baby brown trout.