News & Updates

Musky Fishing Clinic with Brad Bohen

Created on 26 February 2013 in Category: News & Updates
BradBohenMuskyClinic21 Day Musky Fishing Clinic with Brad Bohen, Saturday April 6th.

3 Rivers Angler is pleased to welcome back Brad Bohen of Musky Country outfitters for a One Day Musky Fishing Clinic. No matter if your an old salt, young fart or simply Musky Curious, this is the class that will get you up to speed on all things musky-on-the-fly from the man, the legend, Brad Bohen. 

Brad will cover all things Musky during the class including, but not limited to:
  • Essential Knots & Musky Leaders
  • On the Water-fly Presentations
  • Musky Habitats and Habits
  • Fly Tying and Fly Selection
  • Rods and Rigs
There is no better preparation for the upcoming Southern Classic Musky Weekend than Big Bad Brad's Musky Primer. All materials are included and the price of admission includes food and drinks. Be sure to bring you tools and vise as you are going to be one of the first to get to finger the goods that Primo Tail has been cooking up over the course of the winter. 

The cost is $100 dollars and space is limited so if you want to reserve your spot get up and get on the horn and give us a shout at 865.200.5271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

Where the Yellowstone Goes

Created on 25 February 2013 in Category: News & Updates
Yellowstone PosterWhere the Yellowstone Goes Premieres in Knoxville on March 21
Where The Yellowstone Goes, a feature documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Hunter Weeks, announces a screening at Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. The event is presented as a benefit for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

Filmed on the Yellowstone River in the summer of 2011, Where The Yellowstone Goes hosted its world premiere in Bozeman, Mont., last May 19 to a sold-out audience after having debuted the previous month at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Presented by Trout Headwaters, Inc., Where the Yellowstone Goes is a feature length documentary following a 30-day drift boat fly-fishing journey along the Yellowstone River. Filmed in August and September of 2011, the film follows a small crew down the Yellowstone from Gardiner, Mont., to the confluence of the Missouri River at Fort Buford, N.D., a nearly 600-mile journey.

The longest undammed river in the contiguous United States, the Yellowstone River is considered by many to be one of the greatest trout rivers in the world. The section of river in Montana from Gardiner to Livingston has the official “Blue Ribbon” classification. The Yellowstone begins its journey within Yellowstone National Park, serving as the primary watershed for the Yellowstone ecosystem and ultimately reaching a significant portion of the U.S. through its tributary systems. In July of 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline running beneath the river ruptured, spilling an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone. The filming captures some of the clean-up effort less than two months after the spill.

“People are becoming more aware of how important our nation’s waterways are,” said Weeks. “I think this film will really resonate and help people understand that they can do something. This isn’t just about fly fishing and conservation, this is a real story of life.”

Led by fourth-generation Montanan and fly fishing guide Robert Hawkins, the crew explores fly-fishing, conservation, and the type of clarity that can only be found upon slowing down. Along the way, the film captures notes of wisdom as told by the locals met throughout the 30-day adventure. With Montana’s captivating scenery at the forefront, Where the Yellowstone Goes takes a closer look at the impact people have on each other and on our environment. Where the Yellowstone Goes is more than a simple journey. It’s about people, our environment, and the harmony that exists between them.

Advance tickets to the screening are $10 and are available at The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center is located at 900 Volunteer Landing Lane in Knoxville. The venue is limited to 80 seats so tickets will be at a premium. Tickets the night of the show will be $15 if any remain.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. For more information, go to

Where the Yellowstone Goes is a “thoughtful adventure” from Red Popsicle films. Additional sponsors include the Montana Office of Tourism, Simms Fishing Products, and Costa Sunglasses. Weeks’ directorial credits also include the documentaries 10 MPH and Ride The Divide.

For more information, or to view the trailer, go to

2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour Knoxville Date Announced

Created on 25 January 2013 in Category: News & Updates

Don't hesitate, don't waffle, prevaricate, or otherwise piddle about.Get your butts into 3 Rivers Angler to get your tickets for the


Coal Creek Crazies

Created on 21 January 2013 in Category: News & Updates
Coal Creek Crazies

“The dam is bare, and immobile, and lonely, just standing there.
Norris Dam is what it should be: finished, unromantic and working.”  Ernie Pyle

A TWRA officer once confided in me that the devil dances in the gravel lot at Peach Orchard Access after dark on summer nights. This time of year don’t nobody dance along the banks of the Clinch River except for a few hardheaded fools chasing imagined glory dredged from the swift currents belched from the belly of Norris Dam. It’s not that our southern Appalachian winters are overly harsh, they’re not. It’s just that the same humidity which thrills the devil in July remains long after the kudzu has been rolled up to reveal all of East Tennessee’s warts and scars, and it chills you to the bones on the short January days that descend upon us like an epidemic. What’s worse, the hills surrounding the Clinch River valley in Anderson County reach skyward and grab any eastern bound weather front and wring it of its contents making humidity a bona fide fact in the form of precipitation which lingers for months on end.

A scant six miles upstream from the devil’s dance floor at the Peach Orchard ramp Norris Dam sits in silent occupation; a coldwater factory built on the back of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. The first project of TVA, construction on Norris Dam began in October of 1933 and was completed some 886 days later as concrete evidence of Weber’s central tenant. Norris’ linear façade sits in stark contrast to the natural lines of the surrounding hills and its speckled and streaked surface now resemble the belly of a shoat hog laid out in an early spring sun. Trapped behind the concrete is a catchment area of 2,912 square miles with a capacity of over 2,552,000 acre feet. Some 3000 odd souls were displaced by the rising waters which covered one of the most fertile valleys in the area, a fact which still finds its way into our conversation nearly 100 years later. At 265 feet high, Norris is not the tallest of the regions’ many dams but it is sufficiently deep to churn out a conveyor belt of oxygen infused water which is chilled year-round to a near constant 50 degrees by the darkness lurking at the bottom of Norris lake.

I grew up fishing the Clinch and have seen it in every season and color. Perhaps due to this intimacy I have always viewed the Clinch as the most manufactured of TVA’s southern tailwater fisheries.  At low flows the Clinch consists of ten miles of pools interspersed by perpendicular monolithic shoals. It is nearly devoid of any resemblance to the freestone rivers one typically associates with prime trout waters and as such can test the abilities of even the most seasoned angler. It may also be the most productive water you’ve ever fished, depending on the day, and that’s what keeps you returning for more.  If the Clinch had a more constant flow it would arguably be the best tailwater fishery in the country. Unfortunately for us tortured souls TVA isn’t in the business of growing fish and the river ebbs and flows with the vagaries of the valley’s power demands. While bucolic in nature when off, at full pull, with both turbines turning, the steady relentlessness of the flow belies its industrial origin and at 8,350 cubic feet for second it’s a fool’s game to even attempt to chase trout, particularly with a fly rod.

Fools and optimist still abound in East Tennessee. On cold, dreary January days they make their ways to the edge of the Clinch in twos and threes, emerging from trucks with hippopotamus colored bags slung over shoulders and overflowing with monumental yellow boxes and bottles of bonded whiskey. Tin sleds are loaded in the muffled silence of the swollen river and a routine set about in order to pay penance for the sins lying in the darkness upstream.  With integrated shooting heads pushed through guides the monotonous task of banging the structure along the banks and beneath the flow goes on for hours at a time.  On most days even well placed offerings go unnoticed and so the whiskey serves as a condolence and to ease tired shoulders sore elbows. Every so often, however, golden absolution is ripped from the slipstream and the river becomes whole again in the exuberance of the moment.


Article appears in Southern Culture on the Fly Winter 2013 

Epic Angling and Adventure: February 5th @ 6:30

Created on 15 January 2013 in Category: News & Updates

Epic2smallPlease join 3 Rivers Angler on February 5th at 6:30 for a presentation by Rus Schwausch of Epic Angling & Adventures based in Alaska.  Russ will be giving a presentation on two fishing destinations-of-a-lifetime located on the Alaska Peninsula – Alaska Wilderness SAFARI and Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST.

Alaska Wilderness SAFARI, the more sophisticated operation, is written up in the book Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die as "arguably the most isolated coastal fishing camp in Alaska and one of the best places in the world to pursue chrome-bright, ocean-fresh salmon." But if you want, there's a lot more to do than just fish. This eco-diverse destination also offers daily wildlife viewing, waterfalls, tide pools and beach combing, plus helicopter fly-out fishing!

His second operation is Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST. It’s a rustic, early season camp offering excellent small stream fishing for rainbow trout, grayling, king salmon and more. Short on frills, this program is for the die-hard fisherman focused on quality fishing rather than extraneous amenities.

Beginning in 1995, Rus spent a few summers in Alaska exploring remote rivers on unguided float trips with his buddies. They would fly with all their equipment to the headwaters by bush plane, then float and fish over 100 mile stretches for two weeks at a time. These trips “infected” Rus with Alaska and steered his life in a completely new direction.

Giving up his full time engineering job, he started guiding in Alaska during the summer of 2001 while continuing engineering consulting work the other 9 months back in Austin, TX. In 2004, Rus took over the operation where he first guided, Alaska Wilderness SAFARI, and is coming up on season number thirteen there.

You can find out more about his operations at, or just come to the next meeting to see some Alaska-sized fish and incredible photography on the big screen.