Pop it while it's Hot

Hello and welcome to our Bass Pro Shops blog from your store in Sevierville, TN! The rains in our area have slacked off recently and the typical weather associated with the hot dog days of summer has finally set in. This time of year, the trout fishing slows due to low water and higher temperatures but is still good in the higher elevations. It is often a different story when it comes to fly fishing for bass and bream in lowland rivers. Many people overlook our local rivers during the late summer. Flying For BIG Bass

The Pigeon, Holston, and Nolichuky rivers offer some of the best smallmouth fishing there is to be had in the state! Smaller rivers such as the lower ends of the Little river and Middle Prong of the Pigeon river are well worth exploring also.



My favorite way to go after smallmouth and bream is top water. I love to see a smallie crush a popping bug or watching a giant bluegill slowly rise up to suck down a fly is just plain fun! Poppers, sliders, and divers are the most popular baits. No special tackle is needed, a 5-6 weight rod with 7ft 2X leader and a handful of flies will have you out on the river in no time. Don't be intimidated by color and fly selection. Black, yellow, white and chartruese are the basic color selections. Black and yellow being my most productive color pattern followed by white. The size of your fly should be determined by the type of fish you want to pursue. For bass, stick with sizes 1/0 to #4 and #4 down to #12 for bream.Popping Bug Bonanza A popper/dropper rig is deadly on bream. Any good, buggy-looking nymph such as a Hare's Ear will elicit a bite.


There are 2 basic retrieves I use (the first being most successful). Once you've made your cast allow the popper or fly to settle and sit for a moment, gather your slack line and make a quick jerk with you rod in order to make your popper spit and pop and allow it to settle again. Repeat this throughout the retrieve while varying the pause between pops and you should have a tight line in no time. The other method I recommend is simply dead sticking. Basically cast out your fly and let it sit or drift naturally with the current. This should get you out on the water and hunting for your next bite. If you would like to learn more about this overlooked and underrated resource, come visit us back in the fly shop! Good luck and tight lines!




Seth French

Bass Pro Shops

Sevierville, TN



NEXT Generation On-Target Challenge!!!

Don’t miss the last weekend of the Fall Hunting Classic!!

MORE Daily Specials on Friday and Saturday, Binocular and Rangefinder Trade-In Days (August 14-18) and our NEXT Generation Weekend!!!

What is NEXT Generation??? It is the way Bass Pro engages our youth to get involved in the outdoors.

It includes a TV show on The Outdoor Channel that shows our youth the fun and challenges of hunting and fishing. Children are our future and establishing a healthy love for being outdoors is extremely important to us.

Our On-Target Challenge Events this weekend will include; archery, BB guns Range, crafts, downloadable photo, and seminars - all absolutely free!!! All activities will be noon-5 pm both Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18.

Try out our new BB shooting range (12-5 pm) and learn 10 Safety Tips with firearms - presented in cooperation with Daisy. Seminars will be held both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM, 3 PM and 4:30 PM.

What better way to safely introduce your child to firearms???


next generation

Get ready for the fall hunting season with our turkey or deer ornament craft.

Kids get a FREE 4x6 photo download and On-Target Certificate for completing the BB Shooting Range and Archery activities.

Plus the first 100 kids to complete all activities each day get a FREE collapsible water bottle!!


Hunter Appreciation Weekend


Hunters Appreciation Weekend


This weekend we will host our Hunter Appreciation Weekend.... August 9-11.

We have Daily Specials, Scope Trade-In Days, and seminars geared just for the hunter in mind!

If you need to update your gear our Scope trade-in days are what you have been looking for….

 August 8-13 bring your old scope in and you will save $$$ on your new scope purchase! All donated items will benefit area Boy Scout and Outdoor Youth Outreach programs.

Scope Trade In

Be sure you check your ad or our Facebook page for your Daily Specials on Friday and Saturday (August 9-10) Pistol cases, binoculars, blinds and treestands... OH MY!!!!!

If that’s not enough to get your hunting juices flowing the 3 days of FREE hunting Seminars given by our local Red Head Pro Staff should be enough to give you BUCK FEVER!!!

Starting Friday Night, August 9 we begin our Hunter’s Appreciation Weekend Seminar Series……

Be one of the first 25 customers to attend a seminar each day and receive a FREE BPS Gift Bag and a lanyard license holder.

August 9

      6:30 pm     Tips for Bowhunting

      7:30 pm     Tactics for Hunting Deer

August 10

      1:30 pm     Shed Hunting: How to Successfully Hunt for Sheds

      2:30 pm     From the Field to the Table; How to Fry a Turkey

      3:30 pm     Join Local Pro, JR Adkins for Hunting Tips and Techniques

      4:30 pm     Exploring the Shooting Sports: Introduction to Competitive Handgun

                          Rifle, Shotgun and 3- Gun Shooting

      5:30 pm     Now you see Me, Now you Don’t: Choosing Correct Camouflage Clothing

August 11

      1:30 pm     Exploring the Shooting Sports: Introduction to Competitive Handgun, Rifle

                          Shotgun, and 3 Gun Shooting

      2:30 pm     Tactics for Hunting Deer

      3:30 pm     Join Local Pro Larry Self for hunting Tips & Techniques

      4:30 pm     What’s New in Scent Control

      5:30 pm     Choosing the Right Optics



Hope you can make plans to attend our second weekend of The Fall Hunting Classic!!!!!


The Largest Hunting Sale of the Season!!!!

Whether you need hunting gear or just stay on top of the latest trends..... Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic is the place to get you ready for the season!!!

Our annual Fall Hunting Classic is August 2-18, if you have hunting fever already this is where you need to be. 

If you need a new bow, scope, rangefinder or binoculars be sure to check out our trade-in days.....

Bow Trade-In is August 2-7

Scope Trade-In is August 8-13

Binocular and Range Finder Trade-In is August 14-18

That's just the beginning, August 2-11, we have 2nd Amendment Instant Savings on guns and safes. You will save your taxes on the purchase of any in-stock gun or safe and you use your Bass Pro Shop Credit Card to pay. If you don't have a credit card yet from your favorite outdoor store stop by the stand with the blue lights at our front entrance and those lovely ladies can help you out.... plus new cardholders may also save 10% off their entire first purchase after the rebate is applied.

On August 3rd, don't miss out on our Hunting University. We will have special guests Phillip Vanderpool from Hunters Specialties National Pro Staff/ Host of "Dominator 365" TV Show at 1 pm and The First Lady of Hunting - Brenda Valentine at 2 pm. They will be spending the day with us so stop in and say hi.

Phillip VanderpoolBrenda Valentine



The second weekend will be just as action packed as the first. August 9 kicks off our Hunter Appreciation Weekend..... Seminars and Daily Specials are just a few things we can mention.....

        Friday, August 9
    6:30 pm    Tips for Bow Hunting
    7: 00 pm    Tactics for Hunting Deer

        Saturday, August 10
    1:30 pm    Shed Hunting
    2:30 pm    From the Field to the table- how to fry turkey
    3:30 pm    Hunting Tips and Techniques
    4:30 pm    Exploring the Shooting Sports
    5:30 pm    Choosing the Correct Camo Clothing

        Sunday, August 11
    1:30 pm    Exploring the Shooting Sports
    2:30 pm    Tactics for Deer Hunting
    3:30 pm    Hunting Tips and Techniques
    4:30 pm    What’s new in Scent Control
    5:30 pm    Choosing the Right Optics

FHC CalendarThe last and final weekend is the best of all.... Next Generation Weekend. We are getting the kids involved in an on-target challenge with our Daisy BB Gun Tent and Archery Range. We will also have free crafts and a photo you can download. Our  Red Head Pro - Staff Team will teach 10 Safety Tips to our next Generation at 1:30 pm, 3 pm and 4:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and they will get a free Next Generation collapsible waterbottle.... all FREE. 

So come on in to your favorite outdoor store and enjoy all three weekends of seminars, talk with pros and vendors, let the kids play and save some money too!!!


Camping With Technology

Are you one of those people that refuse to go camping because there's no place to charge your iPhone or iPad or whatever the latest and greatest gadget is that you simply can't live without? Now there's no excuse....at least you can't use THAT one anymore thanks to Thermoelectric Technology. The Bio Lite Camp Stove converts heat to electricity which powers a fan for a more efficient flame AND it has a built-in USB port so you can charge that phone that seems to be permanently connected to your ear. :) Charge for 20 minutes and get 60 minutes of talk time all while cooking supper!

This eco-friendly cooking source is easy to pack because it's only 8.5"x5" and weighs a mere 33oz. The best part is, there's no reason to pack fuel because you use any biomass such as twigs, leaves, pinecones, etc for fuel and it boils water in 4.5 minutes! Also, the Bio Lite Camp Stove provides that same fire output as white gas stoves but without the addition of fuel canisters in the landfills and on the trails. This is a fantastic addtion to your emergency pack so you can cook and charge even when the power is out.

BioLite CampStove is only $129.99 and you can even use the box it comes in for a fuel source.

There's more though- How about we add 55 square inches of cooking space? That's enough room for 4 burgers or 6 hotdogs. You can do this by adding the BioLite Portable Grill to your stove.With 3 settings of low, medium and high, you can cook anything on here that you would cook on a regular grill and you can do it out in the middle of nowhere! The steel grill suface comes with a durable plastic cover for easy transport. It also has a built-in fuel intake lid which allows you to refuel without disrupting the food or the charging time.

Folded, this grill is 9.5"x12"x3.5". Unfolded; 9.5"x12"x10.5" and only weighs 2.64 lbs. Cost is a mere $59.95

As the package says, "Feed yourself. Feed your fire. All at the same time."

Just a couple of my new gadgets here in the Camping Department. Come see me and I'll show you all about these nifty little items.

As always, thanks for allowing me to share.


Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops




Great News For Coffee Addicts

Coffee has come a long way over time dating back to the early thirteenth century according to Wikipedia. Legend has it that people saw how the animals were acting after having eaten the strange berries from certain bushes, so they tried them. Being too bitter, they tried cooking them only to have them be too hard to eat. So, after boiling them and drinking the liquid result, coffee was born! Or so the tale goes....

The first coffee press was patented in 1929 most likely by a Frenchman, since they are known as French Coffee Presses. Even those have been changed many times over the centuries. Used to be you had a plunger and rod gizmo you had to try and use without spilling your coffee, but now, it can be as simple as putting one cup inside another. Allow me to introduce to you the new GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press aka; portable french coffee press. Instead of the aforementioned rod and plunger gizmo, you have an inner mug that creates  double wall insulation. The spill resistant flip top seals in heat and eliminates sloshing and spilling then conveniently unscrews to add cream, sugar or other flavorings or to simply stir.

The PLUS Foam sleeve adds even more insulation and adds a soft and secure grip. Add to that a non slip foot and a slim profile and your good to go with your new Java Press in your cars cup holder. The Commuter Java Press holds 15 oz and only weighs 10.4 oz.

To use, simply add 2-5 tablespoons of your favorite course ground coffee, depending on how strong you like it. Add 15 oz of water that is 200°, stir and allow to sit for approximately 4 minutes. After that, insert the inner mug, gently pressing the inner mug with the stainless screen filter down into the water until it stops. Remove the lid, add any flavorings, stir, replace the lid and enjoy! How much more simple can it be?!?!

I'm really excited about this little gadget and I know you will be too. Come on by here and let me show you just how simple and easy it is to use. Priced at only $19.99  it's a bargain you can't afford to pass up!

As always, Thanks for allowing me to share with you, what's new in the Camping Department.

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops



Professional Bull Riding is coming to Sevierville!

Professional Bull Riders is paying  a visit on July 27-28 to your favorite Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville.

We will have it all- ropin, ridin, crafts and even a live PBR Bull !!! Yep, you heard right PBR is bringing out their Bull Trailer for us and one of their prize bulls on Saturday, July 27 12-4 pm.

So come on out and join us 12-4 pm for a fun free family event like no other.

  • Stick Bull RidingPBR
  • Bull Roping
  • Make a FREE Leather Wristband
  • See a Live PBR Bull - Saturday, July 27 only
  • Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest- Sunday, July 28 only

               * One winner will receive a $50 Bass   Pro Shops Gift Card. Judging begins at 2:30 pm

               * Gift Card awarded at 3 pm


Free Cowbell to the first 100 customers each day!

And this year we aren't waiting until Labor Day to start our Summer Clearance deals!

Starting July 20-28 we are having a storewide sale and clearance event - just look for all the deals under the tent located on our boat pad.


Family Firearms Safety Training and Family Fun Competition


Whether you hunt, sport shoot, or maybe just own a firearm; AND you have a family THIS is the class for you.

It is official, the event everyone has been waiting for . . . Ages 6 and up will enjoy SFWA's Family Firearms Safety Training and Family Fun Competition!

There are two dates available for this exclusive class:

July 20, 2013           1-5 pm

August  24, 2013    1-5 pm

These is an exciting exclusive opportunity for family members as young as 6 years old to experience SFWA quality hands-on firearms safety training and then compete as a family team in a fun shooting competition against other participating families!

Points covered include:

* Rules of Safety

* Handgun, Rifle and Shotgun Operation

* Ammunition, Loading and Unloading

* Cleaning and Storage

* Passing a Firearm Safely

* Home Defense for Families

* Shooting Sports

Family Registration is $39 (which includes the first family member) and then you register each additional family member for only $7 each! The family will begin the course upstairs in the conference room at Bass Pro Shops with (rifle, shotgun and handgun) comprehensive hands-on firearms safety training presented by SFWA Instructors and then finish the day by competing outside at Bass Pro Shops as a family unit against other participating families in a fun live fire competition with Crosman air guns! Prizes will be awarded in different categories providing opportunities for everyone to test their skills!

Successful completion of this course, plus approval of SFWA Instructors, will permit family members to register for an advanced family firearms training course that includes live fire at the shooting range with handguns, shotguns and rifles suited to each individual's level of ability.

If any family member has participated in a State Certified Hunter Safety Course, please bring your card with you!

IMPORTANT: At least one family member must have taken an SFWA course or have a valid Handgun Permit to enroll their family in this course. Please email any questions to susan@shootingforwomenalliance.com and allow 48 hours for a reply.

All minors MUST be accompanied by a PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN -- grandparents and other family members must provide a written waiver form signed by the parent (provided by SFWA upon request) of a minor if the parent will not be attending with the minor child.

SFWA reserves the right to prohibit participation by any family member who exhibits unsafe behavior at any time.

Everything you will need to participate in this course is provided for you! You are permitted and strongly encouraged to bring any firearms owned by family members to the class. They MUST BE UNLOADED and be locked for safety. (Locking devices will be put on all firearms brought to the class unless they are in a locked case.) SFWA is dedicated to introducing families to firearms in a safe manner.



Bass Pro White River News


White River Fly Shop



Greetings from the Bass Pro Outdoor World White River Fly Shop in Kodak (Sevierville), Tennessee.


It has been a couple of glorious fly fishing days in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Perfect weather, perfect water, cooperative fish.

After drenching rains over the weekend that caused Little River to rise to over 900 CFS, the flow dropped quickly to relatively normal levels of around 200 CFS.  To my mind this is "just right" for fishing the Little River and its tributaries; infinitely wadeable, but enough water to keep the fish happy and feeding.

But first I headed up to fish the area above and below Chimney Tops.  The Little Pigeon River is medium sized through this stretch, and one of my favorites.  With the warm temperatures, both air and water, wet wading was the order of the day.  Really nice to have your feet in cool clear mountain water as the thermometer rises with the sunshine.  My Yellow Elk Hair Caddis was met with little enthusiasm so I switched to my old standby, the Parachute Adams.  Things started to pickup and I was rewarded with a good many small to medium rainbows.  Starting in the Chimneys Picnic area and continuing upstream is decent brook trout (spec's as they are also known) territory.  I didn't get any this time around, but judging by a red flash or two in the water I think I managed to catch the attention a couple of them.

GSMP trout

By mid-afternoon I headed off to claim my reserved home for the evening at the Cade's Cove Campground (this time of year the campground is on a reservations only status).  With my one-person tent erected a midst the massive motor homes and some time to kill before dinner, I wandered over to fish Anthony's Creek.  Running through the Cade's Cove picnic area this is small water and frequently overlooked.  However, this little creek is chock full of rainbows.  Within an hour I had caught 25 fish without even leaving the confines of the picnic grounds.  Yes, they are small, but surprisingly enough there are a few 10 to 12 inchers in that little creek and I caught several of them.

I was up early the next morning to bike ride the Cade's Cove loop road which is closed to vehicles on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10AM through September.  While not exactly easy, there are a few lung-busting hills, the ride does have its rewards.  Today those rewards included a number of black bear sightings, the most exciting of which was a mom and four cubs no more than 20 feet off the road.

Breaking camp I headed to Tremont, one fine fishing destination.  I put in just before the first one-lane bridge, tossing the Yellow Elk Hair Caddis yet again.  A couple of pools later with few hits and fewer takers prompted me to switch to a Royal Wulff, a fly that is easy to see in the dark shadowy pools where trout lurk.  Results improved somewhat with a number of small rainbows, but not what I would have expected under such excellent conditions.  Continuing to play "fly roulette" I switched to a Yellow Stimulator and immediately got some really nice hits by, apparently, pretty good sized fish.  However, a couple of pools later the action faded.  Somewhat mystified, I switched to the old standby, Parachute Adams.  This is my year-round go-to fly and always (mostly always) seems to draw out the trout.  This day was no exception and over the next several hours I managed to work my way upstream collecting (and releasing) a good number of rainbows ranging from small up to a few rod-benders in the 10-12 inch range.  At one point, and MUCH to my surprise, I looked up from my concentrated fly watching to see a fair-sized black bear directly across the stream from me.  Luckily he was working his way downstream and I was headed up, so with a mutual nod of our heads we went our separate ways.  Definitely the first time I've shared the stream with a bear.

By mid afternoon, under darkening skies, I decided I was tired of fishing (no, that's not possible....I was just tired) and headed home through one of the east Tennessee afternoon thunderstorms - lightning, thunder, and torrential the-wipers-can't-keep-up downpours.  All-in-all a good couple of days of outdoor adventuring.

Around the fly shop we are restocking shelves after a busy couple of weeks supplying visitors with equipment and local fly fishing information.  If you have not fished the national park before or if it's been a long time, please stop by.  Thanks to the national park staff we have a supply of the park's fishing brochure that includes all the rules and regulations as well as a map of the park's rivers and streams.  We will be happy to show you some fine fly fishing destinations, including the ones mentioned in this report.  Also, remember that this Sunday is Father's Day and it's not too late to drop a few hints about that coveted piece of fly fishing gear that has captured your eye.

Fishing in the park


Bass Pro Outdoor World

White River Fly Shop

3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place
Kodak, TN 37764


NC VS TN 704 Outdoors/Bass Pro Shops Archery Shootout Series!



With archery season a couple of months away, we have decided to dust off the ol' 3-D targets and set'em up out back for an old fashioned North Carolina vs Tennessee shoot out! We are teaming up with our sister store in Concord Mills and 704 Outdoors for a battle between states.....we need to show them who's #1! BASS PRO SHOPS in Sevierville- of course!

So grab your bow and arrows boys and girls and get ready !!!!

There will be 4 Tournaments in this series- 2 here and 2 at the BPS Concord Store.

The dates are as follows:

Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Location- June 8th & August 3rd

Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location- June 15th & August 17th

Championship Shootout at Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location- August 31st


 The Top shooters will be invited to shoot in the Championship Shootout hosted at Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location!

For Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location:

* There are 4 classes: Men’s Class, Women’s Class, Traditional Class and Youth Class

* Registration starts at 10am. Cut off for registration is 8pm, however we will shoot until the last shooter has completed their session.

* Registration is $10 per session (You can shoot as many sessions as you want to better your score)

* There are 2 rounds within each session, the first round will consist of five 3D Pop Up targets and the second will have five 3D Pop Up targets with one stationary target. The stationary target must be shot sometime after the first 3D target pops up but before the last 3D target falls.

* It is an indoor range, all shots are within 25yds.


For Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Location:


* There are 4 classes: Men’s Class, Women’s Class, Traditional Class and Youth Class

* Registration starts at 10am. Cut off for registration is 8pm, however we will shoot until the last shooter has completed their session.

* Registration is $10 per session (You can shoot as many sessions as you want to better your score)

* There are 2 rounds within each session, the first timed round will consist of five 3D targets and the second timed round will have five 3D targets, with one motion target. The motion target must be shot sometime within the timed session.

* It is an outdoor range, all shots are within 25yds.


The prizes for each shoot will be announced before each shootout. We are getting different prizes from different sponsors so they will not be the same each shootout! Keep checking in to see what prizes are going to be awarded the Friday before each shootout! As for the Grand Prizes, you MUST attend 2 of the 3 regular Shootout Series before the Championship Shootout in order to be eligible for the Grand Prizes. The Grand Prizes for the 704 Outdoors/Bass Pro Shops 3D Pop Up Archery Shootout Series are:

Option one for Men’s, Women’s & Traditional Class: Georgia Hog Hunt with 704 Outdoor’s Hog Dogs! We will take care of your permits, licenses, food and all! You will get to hunt with us, using our Hog Dogs. We will take care of everything you need for the trip.

Option two for Men’s, Women’s & Traditional Class: 3 Day North Carolina Archery Deer Hunt with 704 Outdoors. We’ll take care of your food and lodging while you get to hunt with us in some of our hot spots here in NC! Dates to be worked out with the winner of the Championship.

Option three for Men’s, Women’s & Traditional Class: 3 Day North Carolina Archery Hog Hunt with 704 Outdoors. We’ll take care of your food and lodging while you get to hunt with us in some of our hog sites here in NC! We will furnish all the lights, bait and gear needed to lower the boom on a nice NC Wild Hog! Dates to be worked out with the winner of the Championship.

Youth Class Grand Prize NC Youth Turkey Hunt with 704 Outdoors. We will take you and your guardian on a youth turkey hunt. We will take care of the food, lodging and transportation to and from the places we will run & gun those thunder chickens!


Bass Pro Shops Sevierville, TN Location Information:BPS SHOOT OUT

3629 Outdoor Sportsman Pl

Kodak, TN 37764

Phone: (865) 932-5600



Bass Pro Shops Charlotte, NC Location Information

8181 Concord Mills Blvd

Concord, NC 28027

Phone: (704)979-2200





The Oakley Big Bass Tour


oakley Big BAss


We have 5 months until the next BIG fishing event comes into Bass Pro Shops, Sevierville and Douglas Lake!!!!

The OAKLEY BIG BASS TOUR will be here October 19-20 for the Rusty Wallace Big Bass Classic.....

If you missed it last year make sure you get in this year. All you need is one BIG FISH!!!!!

If you haven't fished an Oakley Big Bass Event before let me tell you- THIS is what fishing is all about!!!! This is an all amateur tournament, all about having that one big bass. There are hourly weigh-ins and HUGE payouts.

Grand Prize

2013 Nitro Z7 with Mercury 150 HP motor, tandem axle trailer with dual console

Hourly Prizes

1st       $1000

2nd      $500

3rd       $300

4th       $200

5th       $150

*Hourly payouts based on 400 entrants


First 100 two day entrants to register early online receive a free custom Quantum rod. Value $149 *** 50 rods remaining ***

Thursday October 17th 4-7 PM Bass Pro Shops, 3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place
Kodak, TN 37764
Friday October 18th 12 - 7 PM The Point Resort, Restaurant & Marina
122 Boat Dock Drive
Dandridge, Tennessee 37725

Safe light

Hourly Big Bass

The Point Resort Lake Suites, Restaurant & Marina 122 Boat Dock Drive Dandridge, Tennessee 37725

8-9, 9-10, 10-11, 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3


Visit www.oakleybigbass.com  for all rules and regulations to register.


Oakley Tour


Summer Family Camp


Summer Family Camp


It’s now my favorite time of year- SUMMER!!!

We all have memories of long, lazy days and warm summer nights- catching fire flies. Do you remember going camping with the family??? When you made homemade ice cream, slept under the stars- even if it was just in your backyard? Or maybe all the fun times you had at summer camp? This summer, Bass Pro Shops offers you the chance to recapture some of those great summer memories and share them with your kids, absolutely free!!!

It all begins on June 8 and continues thru July 14 at the Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, Tn. The Bass Pro Shops Summer Family Camp features free activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures that will last a lifetime.

Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12-2 pm kids will enjoy free craft activities like designing their own compass,making Dad a bobber key chain, coloring their own slap bracelet, designing a lizard door hanger, creating a popsicle stick fish and painting a deer track- a different craft every week- while supplies last.Crafts














Free Summer Family Camp Workshops will occur hourly 12-4 pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, archery and hunting.  Other workshops will include bird watching, wildlife exploration, and water safety, backyard exploration about plants and insects and outdoor discovery showing the importance of conservation. All workshops are about 20 minutes long and the kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectable pin for every workshop completed.

Seminar Schedule

Extra special events will be available the first two weekends, June 8-9 and 15-16- including the catch and release pond and even a souvenir photo made 12-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday only. All of the other activities will be up and ready throughout the event- casting targets, archery, Daisy BB gun range and even the Wildlife Carousel!

Each Saturday, throughout the event, enjoy the great tradition of homemade ice cream from 5-6 pm.

So get together as a family this summer and make some great outdoor memories and traditions beginning with the Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops!


Fish for a Great Cause!!!!

Bass Tournament



Cast your line for the Goodwill Bass Tournament on June 8th!!!

Bass Pro Shops in Kodak has teamed up with Goodwill Industries of Knoxville and Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Ott DeFoe in the 1st Annual Goodwill Bass Tournament.

The tournament will be held Douglas Lake and will blast off from The Shady Grove Ramp in Dandridge, Tennessee. It will start at safe light and weigh-ins will begin at 3 pm. Anglers may register any day from now until June 7th at 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $100 per boat; late registration is available on the morning of the tournament for $125 per boat. Departure times are determined by order of registration.

The grand prize will be $1,200. Pay out for prizes will be one place for every six boats, based on a field of 40 boats.

Anglers interested in a chance to practice with Ott or to be his partner in the tournament should visit www.odfishing.net and enter for your chance to win!  Ott will donate all proceeds to Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc.

Sponsors for this tournament include Ott DeFoe, B.A.I.T., Bass Pro Shops, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Pro Fishing Management, Onyx, Stowers, Swiftwick, WIVK and WVLT.

Proceeds raised from this tournament will support Goodwill’s mission of providing vocational training and employment opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment.


Visit Goodwill of Knoxville for a complete list of rules and regulations.


A Bucket of Food

In todays world, you never know what's going to happen or when it will happen, so it's always a good ideal to be prepared for anything. People prepare for different things in different ways. Some have a rainy day fund where they put money aside for when the day comes that they need their car repaired, they have the money to do it. Some prepare for getting married where they accummulate items to use in their new home. Alot of people ran to the bank and withdrew all of their money when we came upon Y2K...they were preparing for every computerized system to go down. Many times, people have been told that the end of the world is coming on a particular day, so they gather all they would need.....I'm not so sure where they intended to use it if, in fact, the world ended, but nonetheless, they were prepared. Of course there was the news about a "Zombie Apocolypse". I'm really not sure what to say about that, so I'll just leave it there.

I'm sure you have heard about the Wise Food Company. They are the company that specialize in Prepper supplies such as food and medical supplies. Recently, Bass Pro has started to carry a couple of their food products. We now have in the store the Wise Prepper Packs which contain 52 servings. That's 24 meals total ( 16 lunch/dinner and 8 Breakfast meals). The 16 lunch/dinner meals contain 4 servings each of Chili Macaroni, Tomato Basil Soup, Stroganoff and Pasta and Vegetable Rotini. The breakfast meal choices are, 4 servings each of Apple Cinnamon Cereal and Brown Sugar Multi Grain Cereal. You also have 2 drink choices; 16 servings of Orange drink mix and 12 servings of Whey Milk alternative. All of these items are contained in a bucket of sorts that only weighs 4.9 lbs with everything in it. Easy to store and easy to carry wherever you need it to be. These food and drink items have a shelf life of 25 years! Of course, you can still enjoy this food after 25 years, it won't make you sick, it just loses nutritional value. They are very easy to prepare when you need them. All you have to do is add the recommended (on the back of each package) amount of water and wait for 12- 15 minutes, then open and enjoy! You don't even have to use hot or boiling water. Cool water will work just fine, although you will have to wait for 20-30 minutes for it to "cook".

Wise Foods takes great pride in their products and not only do they freeze dry their food products, but also dehydrate them as well to help preserve as much flavor as possible. Each bucket with 52 servings is only $64.99 and is available only in the stores right now. Hopefully soon, you'll be able to to view and purchase online as well.


Thank you,
Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops



NEW Lowrance Elite 7x

Now up for grabs and on display at Bass Pro Shops is the new Lowrance Elite 7x. It offers everything that an angler would want; a large 7 inch color display screen, reliable navigation that’s easy to use, down imaging and more. The Elite 7x will allow you to use basic sonar plus down scan imaging to see the structures below you. It also allows you to split the screen between sonar and down image. Unlike its partner, the Elite 7, the Elite 7x does not offer GPS. So for those of you out there that want a BIG screen, sonar, down imaging- but not concerned with GPS- this is your unit.Elite 7x

Lowrance has put out this unit to save the consumer money, by not having GPS for those who don’t need it. The Elite 7xHDI is priced at a low price of $549.99. There is not any other unit or brand that has all of these options and 7 inch screen for this price.

So come in and see me or one of our many knowledgeable associates in the Marine Department and we can help answer any questions you might have.



Brady Moss

Marine Dept


The PAA Pro Angler Showdown




The PAA Tournament Series makes another stop in East Tennessee... May 22-25.

If you missed the first PAA Event on Douglas you can catch them again- this time on Ft Loudon.

The Pro Angler Showdown will begin with registration for all the anglers on May 22 at 6:30 pm at the Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville.  Come in early and meet some of your favorite pros as they register to fish. You will also be able to catch some of your favorite guys on the tank.  Seminars will begin at 5:10 pm, be sure to stick around we will be giving away 4- $25 gift cards to some lucky customers!

Timmy Horton                 5:10 pm

Chad Morgenthaler       5:30 pm

Matt Reed                       5:50 pm

Guy Eaker                      6:10 pm

The tournament will begin on May 23, they will be launching from TVA Tellico Recreation Area at 7 am on the three days of the tournament. Thursday and Friday weigh-ins will be at 3 pm at the launch site. The Final Tournament Weigh-In will be at 4:30 pm at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville. Come early to get a seat and meet the pros 12:30-3:30 pm.

For more information visit www.fishpaa.com 

PAA Douglas Blast off  Shin - PAA Champion!!!    Weigh in


Kayak Fishing Evolved

The evolution of every genre of angling has been overwhelming, especially since the beginning of the 21st century. As with most sports and hobbies, each year there are bigger, faster, stronger, lighter, and more stylish additions to the tools available. The sport of kayak angling has certainly been no exception and I am so proud as a kayak angler and a Bass Pro Shops fishing team leader that our company has become so involved particularly with our Ascend line of kayaks! Kayak Angler


The rising fuel prices, increased fishing pressure, and our culture's sudden emphasis on health and exercise have been a catalyst in the evolution of kayak fishing and the kayaks available for becoming involved in this amazing sport. There are a vast number of options available for the kayak angler whether the emphasis is rivers, lakes, ponds, saltwater, beyond the breakers, flats, or anything else imaginable. Obviously, most angling kayaks are created with only one or two of these categories in mind, but I will briefly discuss below the latest and greatest entry into the kayak angling market.


The exciting new entry that I mentioned above is named the Ascend FS128T. This is a 12'8" sit-on-top fishing kayak that is extremely stable and surprisingly maneuverable both when loading/unloading and on the water! This kayak sports a pulley anchor system and five rod holders including four flush mount and one removable/adjustable rod holder that is stationed just to the right of the cockpit. Two paddle clips are alternatively located on the left side of the cockpit and their design allows for easy, yet secure paddle removal or placement single-handedly. The storage space is phenomenal as it includes a bow storage hatch and bungee area, stern storage hatch and bungee area, a storage hatch just in front of the seat, storage hatch just behind the seat, cup holder, and a personal dry storage hatch by the seat! Comfortability is unquestionably outstanding because of adjustable footpegs and adjustable padded seat that can be easily placed in one of three different height locations for paddling comfort and fishing ability.


All of these features alone make this an absolutely incredible fishing vessel, but the best attribute of all is the ability to stand and fish! The stability of this kayak is so exceptional that it allows the angler to actually stand and fish during your trip! The FS128T also includes a stand/sit assist lasso that is durable and securely clipped a few feet in front of the seat.


                                FS128T Fully Loaded


The Ascend FS128T is a kayak angler's dream ride. This new introduction into the Ascend lineup is absolutely loaded with next gen features and is an extremely well designed yet affordable entry into the field of many angling kayaks available today. These are trickling into many of the Bass Pro Shops locations and are available in the camping department for only 699.99. This is an amazing value as most kayaks with this design and these features are Yak Fishing Fun!approximately 1099.99 and up!

If you or someone you know has the slightest interest in this engaging, entertaining, exciting, and fulfilling sport, please don't hesitate to visit with me or any of our friendly staff at the Kodak, TN Bass Pro Shops!


Tight Lines,

Gary G. Garver

Fishing Team Lead

Kodak, TN Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops


Go Outdoors Event!

GO OUDOORS!!!Kids' Activities


We have had an unusual spring in East Tennessee this year- to say the least...

And I’m ready for summer!!!!

Join us as we kick off the summer season with our Go Outdoors Event!!!

We have two full weekends planned to help you as plan your own Outdoor Adventure...


May 18-19


11:30 am & 3:30 pm      Wear It Right!

                                           Learn the 5 important steps of choosing and fitting a life jacket.

                                           *seminar attendees will be entered for a chance to win a life jacket


12:30 pm& 2:30 pm       Priorities of Survival

& 4:30 pm                         If you enjoy watching Bear Grylls on TV, this seminar is for you!!!


1:30 pm & 4 pm          Geocaching 101

                                       Our experts will teach you the ins and outs of Geocaching for fun with friends and family     

                                        *Seminar attendees will be entered for a chance to win a Geomate.jr GPS Unit




12-5 pm                         Enjoy FREE cooking demos from our Gifts and Camping Departments




May 25-26


12:30 pm& 2:30 pm       Priorities of Survival

& 4:30 pm                         If you enjoy watching Bear Grylls on TV, this seminar is for you!!!



May 25 & 26 will be devoted to letting the kids play and learn some new skills.


       Kids’ Activities

             Daisy BB Shooting Range                  11 am-4 pm

             Metal Detector Treasure Hunt             11 am-4 pm

             Adventure Scavenger Hunt                  11 am-4 pm

             Photos                                                     11 am-4 pm

             Crafts                                                       12 - 4 pm


      Kids’ Seminars

            11 am & 2 pm            Safe Passage

                                                 Tips on being safe around the water

            1:30 & 3:30 pm         Kids’ Geocaching

                                                Learn the basics of Geocaching for fun-indoors or out!


We have everything to begin your Outdoor Adventure here- Free Seminars, Free Demos, Daily Specials,Free Kids' Events...

Be sure to check our Bass Pro Store website for a full event listing and times as well as our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.


GoPro Camera

Well, they are finally here! The Hero3 GoPro Action Video Cameras! When you want to capture your adventure and share it online this is what you need!

In stock right now, we have the GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition for $299.99. Features on this camera are 11 megapixels, built in Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi remote and GoPro APP compatible and 1080p/30 fps, 960p/48 fps or 720p/60 fps. It's a very small and versatile camera with dimensions of 2.25"Wx1.56"Hx1.12"L. With a feature called Photo Burst, the Silver Edition will give you 10 pictures per second and with Time Lapse, you'll get a picture from every 1/2 second to every 60 seconds. Additional features for this model are; HDMI port, MicroSD card slot, Mini-USB port, Audio Alert, videos and still shots and Playback Mode.


Also, in stock just today, we have the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition for $399.99. The features on this camera are; 12 megapixels, 1440p/48 fps, 1080p/60 fps, 960p/100 fps and 720p/120 fps. The Wi-Fi on the Black Edition is built in and a Wi-Fi remote is included. As with the Silver Edition, it is GoPro APP compatible but also has Pro Low-Light Performance. The measurements on both cameras are the same as is most of the additional features. Of course, the Black Edition has Continuous Mode and with the Photo Burst, you get 30 shots per second.


There are numerous accessories to go with your new GoPro Hero3. You can attach it to just about anything, There are head, chest, handlebar, pole attachments and there are accessories that will enable you to use it underwater. Some accessories include a rechargeable battery, a floaty backdoor, anti-fog inserts, different GB SD cards and lots more! There's also a GoPro Grab Bag for $19.99. It includes 8 different mounts and accessories. All other accessories are sold separately and range in price from $7.99 - $79.99.


In the Camping department, we have a demo video for you to view. You wont believe the quality of pictures these cameras offer and deliver.

Come see me and allow me to show you the new GoPro Hero3 Cameras.

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Bass Pro Shops
Sevierville, TN




Fly selection for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park 101

River Trout                      GSMNP River Trout

      When selecting flies to fish in the Smokies there are a few things to consider. Water temperature is one of the most important things to keep in mind when planning your outing. Most experts will tell you that when the water temperature drops to fifty degrees or below the trout slow down or stop feeding. When trying to chose flies most seasoned anglers will tell you to fish nymphs or sub surface flies during the colder times of the day. As the sun starts to warm the waters in early spring a dry fly becomes a logical choice.  That being said there are times when dry flies will catch trout in colder weather. A great example is a blue winged olive hatch in February. Although most people switch to a dry fly fishing a second fly or a dropper is always a good idea. Fishing a nymph under your dry fly is more often than not the best way to find out what the trout are feeding on. Not many brown trout between 20” and 28” are caught on a dry fly. There are times when dry flies are the only way to go, especially when you want to catch large numbers of trout. Dry flies can be easier to use. If you keep your dry fly in view you will know when you have a strike.

      When selecting flies to fish with a lot of anglers find it overwhelming. There are a few things to consider; size and color. The color of our flies in the GSMNP get darker in the winter months and lighter during the warmer months. A good selection for late winter early spring may be an olive or gray parachute Adams dry fly in a size 18 to 12. In summer you may select a yellow elk hair caddis in a size 16 or 12 or a stimulator in orange. As far as nymphs go there are a few stand by attractor patterns that seem to imitate a little of everything and work really well. The bead head pheasant tail, gold ribbed hairs ear, copper john and prince nymph in a size 20-12 work really well all year round in the GSMNP as a dropper or stand alone wet fly.
Ultimately have fun and be safe in all your outdoor activities this season.


Parachute Adams                    Orange Stumulator               caddis



Stop by and tie a few flies with us in our White River Fly Shop...

 Johnnie Garrison   

Fishing Lead