The Buffalo River is the longest unimpounded river in Middle Tennessee.  Being named for the Buffalo fish that were abundant when the first European settlers arrived, the Buffalo is rich in aquatic life.  Also being the largest tributary of the Duck River, the Buffalo boasts outstanding opportunity for Smallmouth Bass on the fly. The upper part of the Buffalo River is designated as a “State Scenic River” under the Tennessee Wild and Scenic River Act.

The tranquil big blue holes and pristine gravel bottoms make the Buffalo a special place to many.  Float fish from a drift boat while enjoying the beauty of the majestic hardwoods and sheer cliffs of Middle Tennessee.  Harboring great numbers of Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Largemouth and Spots, the Buffalo is a fly fishing heaven!

TYPICAL CATCH: There is ample opportunity for one to three-pound Smallmouth Bass, with an occasional four plus pounder.  The Buffalo is rich with Rock Bass and plenty of Largemouth.  Brim go wild for small poppers and brim teasers.

TOTAL RIVER MILES:  115 miles long.


TYPE OF TRIP AVAILABLE:  Float trips from a drift boat from designated put-ins and take-outs.

PRIMARY STYLE OF FISHING:  Five to seven weight rods are recommended.  Trolling big streamers to popping top waters.  Dead drifting hopper patterns to drifting droppers.