News & Updates

2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour: March 31st

Created on 24 January 2017 in Category: News & Updates

F3T-2016 magazine-insert-smallNow entering its eleventh year, The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) has become the entertainment event of the year for America's diverse fishing community. The goal of F3T is to energize the community and inspire film makers to create new cutting edge films that both entertain and educate outdoor enthusiasts while supporting a great cause. This year's tour will be held at Relix Variety Theater on N Central St in Knoxville.

All proceeds will benefit Tennessee Wildlife Federation. TWF is one of the largest and oldest organizations in Tennessee dedicated to the conservation of the state's wildlife and natural resources through stewardship, youth engagement, and public policy. They bring together and represent the varied interests of people who enjoy the great outdoors.. 

Tickets are available now at 3 Rivers Angler for $12. They are also available for $15 on 3RiversAngler.comF3T online, and at the door on the night of the event.

Fri, Mar 31st, 7:00 PM, EDT

Relix Variety Theatre
1208 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 474-1017

2017 Lying & Tying is Back!

Created on 24 January 2017 in Category: News & Updates

2017Back by popular demand, Lying & Tying will be in full effect once again at 3 Rivers Angler thisThursday January 26th from 5pm until around 8pm. The concept is simple: bring something to drink, some materials, and a vice. Tie a little, lie a little, and maybe even learn a new pattern. Experts and novices are all invited no matter your level of experience. Don't have a vice? Don't worry, you can borrow one of ours. Tying starts at 5pm and goes till the last bobbin drops. Below is a list of the fly tying events through March, give us a call at the shop if you have any questoins! 865-200-5271 


2017 Fly Tying


  • Thursday, February 2nd: : an informal tying night free to anyone. 
  • Saturday, February 4th: Fly Tying 101: Intro to Tools, Techniques and Terminology
  • Thursday, February 9th: : an informal tying night free to anyone.
  • Thursday, February 16th: Lying and Tying: an informal tying night free to anyone.
  • Saturday, February 18th: Fly Tying 101: Intro to Tools, Techniques and Terminology
  • Thursday, February 23rd: Lying and Tying: an informal tying night free to anyone.
  • Thursday, March 2nd: Fly Tying 201: Midges and Bead Head Nymphs
  • Saturday, March 4th: Fly Tying 101: Intro to Tools, Techniques and Terminology
  • Thursday, March 9th: Lying and Tying: an informal tying night free to anyone.
  • Saturday, March 11th: Fly Tying 301: Dry Flies
  • Thursday, March 16th: Fly Fishing 201: Midges and Bead Head Nymphs
  • Thursday, March 23rd: Lying and Tying: an informal tying night free to anyone.
  • Thursday, March 30th: Fly Tying 301: Dry Flies


5th Year Anniversary Sale: November 14th-19th

Created on 14 November 2016 in Category: News & Updates

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The Annual 3 Rivers Angler Anniversary Sale — Save 25% on Outwear and Apparel

Shop Now Online or come by the store and save through November 19th. Shop early for best selection. Discount based on original prices and excludes boots and waders.


5th Year Anniversary Party: November 18th

Created on 02 November 2016 in Category: News & Updates

5 YEARSHey folks, please save the date!  A little older and a little wiser 3 Rivers Angler is turning Five and we want to celebrate that milestone with the folks that matter most, namely, you! Please do join us for drinks, treats, and a number of specials on Friday, November 18th from 6 to 10ish. 

Enjoy snacks, treats and drinks!

Hang out with new and old friends!

Shop early and local for the holidays!

November 2nd Fishing Report

Created on 02 November 2016 in Category: News & Updates

KellerHolstonWell October has come and gone and here I sit on the second day of November in my shorts and flip flops. The forecast calls for temperatures well into the lower eighties today with only a slim shot at rain over the next day or two. A slim shot is not what East Tennessee needs at the moment. We need a whole bunch. Point in case, TVA is reporting that in October we're seeing the lowest runoff totals in 142 years of record. That’s dry, so dry in fact that John reported to me that an old timer in the mountains told him the water was so low that the trout had ticks!

Indeed, the low water in the mountains has led to less than stellar fall fishing in the park. That’s the down side; the upside to the low water is low flows on most if not all of the Valley’s tailwaters and that’s a condition that should last well into the Winter. Right now it looks like TVA is predicting minimum flows on the Clinch for the next couple of days. With the weather as nice as it is it will afford a lot of wading opportunities to get out there and fish. Most of the reports on the Clinch are a mixed bag with some anglers having good luck and others not much at all. Location plays a big role in that in the Fall when most of the trout in the Clinch move upstream and go through their spawning motions.

Another factor which is likely affecting all of the area tailwaters is reservoir turnover. Thermal stratification in southern reservoirs is an annual occurrence. Over the course of the summer our reservoirs stratify and pronounced thermal barriers, or thermoclines, and anoxic barriers (oxygen depleted waters) develop. TVA does a lot to mitigate this process such as pumping liquid oxygen into the reservoirs at depth, none the less, the thermal barriers “turnover” or mix about this time every year. You can typically notice it in the tailwaters as a pronounced turbidity, or cloudiness, in the water color. The result is lowered dissolved oxygen content and decreased fish activity.

I was on a smallmouth trip last month (the 17th) on the Holston and the water was definitely not its typical gin clear self. We caught plenty of fish but not as many as I thought we should have. Since we hadn’t had any rain in quite a while, the most obvious explanation for the water clarity was that Cherokee Reservoir had turned recently. By now I expect that all of the other reservoirs have as well. Joe Congleton was in the shop yesterday speculating that Norris had turned recently and Michael, another regular, said as much about Douglas and the French Broad.  The good news is the effects of the reservoirs turning over are pretty temporary and the fishing should get back to normal in the next day or two if it hasn’t already.

The smallmouth bite on both the Holston and French Broad Rivers is still pretty strong despite the reservoir issues. Most of the fish are beginning to fall back into their winter haunts so if you go fishing for them it’s a good idea to look for them in areas that border deeper water habitat which will become the wintering holds for the fish. Unfortunately, the unseasonably warm temperatures have kept the water temperatures on the Holston at the danger mark for trout in the upper stretches. With the temps hovering around the lowers 70s we are still advising anglers to avoid fishing on the Holston for the next couple of weeks.