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March 29th, 2004

Tennessee Trout Waters


By Ian Rutter
Published by Frank Amato Publications
Portland, Oregon


Reviewed by James Castwell

There is tremendous diversity in Tennessee's trout waters: tailwater rivers, mountain streams, and lakes, and much of it is on public land.

This guidebook will give you a good starting point for exploring these waters, including up-to-date information, detailed maps, and easy-to-understand icons.

Productive techniques and fly patterns are given for over 25 different trout waters, as well as what species you can expect, whether hiking is required, available camping and accommodations, whether it is safe for canoe, drift boat or motorized boats, and more.

Not only is Tennessee beautiful and historical, it has great trout fishing; Tennessee Trout Waters is your guide to this fly-fishing paradise.

The book is divided into three sections: Tailwaters, Freestone Streams and Tailwater Lakes.

"The state of Tennessee is rarely given credit for its sheer volumn of trout waters. Even those who acknowledge its prominent waters rarely recognize the variety of trout-fishing experiences that are available," states the author Ian Rutter. Ian grew up in East Tennessee not far from the Great Smoky Mountains. He took up fly fishing when he attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he studied botany and zoology. He and his wife operate R&R Fly Fishing Guide Service out of Townsend, Tennessee where they live in the shadow of the Smokies.

Whatever your fishing preference, Tennessee has it! If you live within driving distance or not, add this one to your wish-books. ~ JC

Tennessee Trout Waters
Ian Rutter
Soft cover 86 pages, all color
Size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Published by Frank Amato Publications
Portland, Oregon
$22.00 US
ISBN 1-57188-294-4

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