Clay with clients on a sunny
Tennessee morning
Doug "Topper" Moore
with a Clinch River Rainbow
H. Clay Aalders taught himself how to
almost 30 years ago on his Uncle's
bass pond in Ohio.  After graduating from Kenyon
College, Clay worked at an outfitting shop in
Cleveland while guiding for steelhead trout on the
Lake Erie tributaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  
Following graduate school, he moved to Idaho
where he built Hyde Drift Boats and guided on the
South Fork of the Snake River.  

Clay now lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife
and their 2 school-age kids. He is Mr. Mom,
Smoky Mountain Fishing Guide, and Managing
Editor of the blog
The Truth About Knives.  He
opened Smoky Mountain Gilles in 2007.

He is a
n Eagle Scout and a graduate of an Orvis
Endorsed Guide School in Colorado
Other guides you may be working with include Rob Fightmaster, and Doug Moore.  All of our guides
have many years of experience serving clients and providing exciting and safe fishing trips.  Your
satisfaction is of utmost importance to us and we will strive to provide you with memories that you
will treasure for a lifetime.
2018 Marks Clay's 20th season of guiding or working in the fishing industry. While he has guided all
around the country and found a home chasing the wild rainbows, brook trout, and browns in the
Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. He can't wait to share this wonderful fishery with you.
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About Smoky Mountain Gillies
3313 Timberlake Drive  Knoxville, TN 37920
phone: 865-964-6403
Smoky Mountain Gillies is a
member of the Hyde Drift Boat