|Clay with clients on a sunny
|Doug "Topper" Moore
with a Clinch River Rainbow
H. Clay Aalders taught himself how to
fly-fish more than 20 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
Niki, toddler son, precocious 4 year old daughter,
and their Labrador - Billie Holiday. He opened
Smoky Mountain Gilles in 2007.
He is a graduate of an Orvis Endorsed Guide
School in Colorado and has over a decade of
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.
Clay is an Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide. All Orvis Endorsed (ELOG) fly-fishing operations
represent The Orvis Company's high standards of Experience, Professionalism and Service and are
reviewed on a yearly basis. For information on the Orvis ELOG program, click here. Additionally,
Clay is a member of the Hyde Drift Boat Pro-Team.
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