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Fly fishing in Tennessee

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Fly fishing Tennessee flourishes within family-focused area. With an official slogan that boasts “Tennessee–America at its best!”, the Volunteer State indeed offers some of the best fly fishing in the country–and a wonderland for families who want to fish together.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency maintains 18 fishing lakes for relaxation, friendly competition and family adventures. All are open year-round, and the majority have

* piers
* bank fishing
* boat rentals
* launching ramps
* picnic areas
* Concessionaires abound for bait,tackle and mealtime treats.

Tennessee’s waters are home to largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (“shellcrackers”), and white and black crappie, but the catfish reigns king. You’ll have no trouble catching both channel and blue catfish weighing an average of 2-3 pounds.

While catfish are generally found in deeper waters, they are attracted to almost any flies or bugs. Some catfish reach up to 20 pounds, so strong tackle is recommended. You can find them year-round, but summer is the best season.

Fly fishing in Tennessee

Tennessee catfish trivia:

The largest blue catfish on record weighed in at 112 pounds and was caught in the Cumberland River on June 7, 1998.)

Fly fishing Tennessee is definitely an all-day event. Lakes open 90 minutes before dawn and can be enjoyed up to 30 minutes after sunset.

For fly fishing diehards who can survive on very little sleep, Garrett Lake–183 acres located in Weakley County (Northwest Tennessee)–NEVER closes; it’s open 24/7.

An all-day lake permit costs only $3 and can be purchased at most lakes. Tennessee residents and nonresidents must also obtain a regular fishing license from lake offices or by

While fly fishing Tennessee you just may want to try out Tennessee’s newest–and largest–lake: 500-acre Gibson County Lake, also in Northwest Tennessee.

Impounded in 1999, it reopened in September 2003 to rave reviews from the state’s fly fishing enthusiasts.

If you’re fly fishing Tennessee for the first time with your children or grandchildren…

Whippoorwill Lake–part of the Williamsport Lakes in Maury County (Central Tennessee)–is dedicated to youth-adult fishing.

Adults are allowed to fish the 25 acres only if accompanied by a child 16 years of age or younger.

For family fly fishing, almost nothing beats the fabulous waters of Tennessee’s 18 well-stocked lakes.