Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee. It is a gloomy, gray day here in the Great Smoky Mountains. For as wintery as it looks through the window it is actually not too bad out. The air temps are supposed to get into the 40's today. After the "extreme" cold we have had for a few mornings, 40 feels warm.

The path down to the river by the swinging bridge is still a bit treacherous but I carefully picked my way down to the water and took the temperature. It was 38F. That isn't too bad considering. Of course the water will be colder up in the Park. I think I overheard one of the people who had been doing water sampling in Cades Cove and they mentioned that Abrams Creek was a little over 40F. Abrams can be a good destination in the Winter. The traffic on the Loop Road is much less making getting there much easier. Also, at the head of the stream (near the trailhead) the water is usually a little warmer due to some springs that feed into the creek. Abrams is all trailside access and it is still as slippery as ever so you have to be EXTRA careful not to fall in. I wouldn't go too far down the trail towards the waterfall. You will be finding yourself in colder water temps and further from the car heater in event of a spill.

Nymphs are definitely going to be the best bet for fishing the mountain streams. Don't skimp on the split-shot. You want to have enough weight to get down to where the trout are. If you aren't occasionally getting hung on the bottom you don't have enough weight.

A group of folks from the Clinch River TU Chapter are here this morning to get the materials set up for their fly tying class. We help them out by donating the materials to them.

Spring is coming fast...hopefully. It is already the middle of January. It seems like Christmas was last week. Before I know it it will be middle of February and all the new products will be coming in. We have inventory levels very low at the moment on everything except fly tying materials. There is a great stock of fur and feathers. We are low on some of the tackle stuff because we have big orders waiting for the Spring thaw. If there is something you need that we are out of we'll do our best to special order it in for you.

I guess by this point every can tell that Byron took the day off today. He said he was going to stay home and work on fly tying videos. I haven't gotten to see any of them yet but I can't wait.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
January 17, 2011

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Our fly tying classes will be offered in January and February 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying


Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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