Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. Good news this morning! It isn't snowing yet! That is supposed to come tomorrow. The county has been busy brining the roads. That really does seem to help most times. I'm just hoping for an incorrect forecast and no snow. Well, it can snow all it wants on the grass just not on the roads.
Water levels on the Little River are near perfect. The streamflow gauge is giving a reading of 2.26 feet or 361 c.f.s. This is just a little above the daily normal of 269 c.f.s. and an excellent level for fishing. The glitch is the water temperature. Still hovering right around the 40 F mark. The lack of sun has made it hard for the streams to warm during the day, then the cold overnight temps knock back any progress they made in warming up.
The weather forecast for the next couple of days looks like fly tying weather. Highs in the mid 30's. Lows in the 20's. Chance of snow accumulation and maybe even some ice. The longer range forecast is calling for some relief. After the weekend it is supposed to be getting into the 50's and the sun might even show itself again. We can all hope right?
Anglers have been reporting slow fishing in the Smokies. Nymph patterns sunk way down is the best method right now.
I'm not too familiar with the flows on the tailwaters but it loked like there might be some fishable water on the Holston and South Holston rivers. The Clinch, of course, is still a washout.
I got the Fly Fishing School Schedule updated yesterday. You can check it out HERE. We have our regular Beginner Fly Fishing Day One and Day Two classes. In July we are going to have the Aquatic Entomology for Anglers with Dr. Brad Cook. We are going to try some fly tying classes this Summer also. In May there is a popper tying class with Anthony Hipps. Some major new additions to the school program will be a Nymphing Class and an Intermediate Casting Class with Rob Fightmaster. Rob and I are still working out some details on those classes but we have dates scheduled.
We still have openings in our beginner fly tying class on Saturday February 22nd. CLICK HERE to read more about it. Call the shop at 865-448-9459 to enroll. The cost is $85 and we furnish everything, including lunch. The class will be taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.
Since the weather looks like it might start warming up soon I better get working on getting the Shop re-stocked. I've got a big Orvis order to place. A shipment from Simms should get here around the end of the month. 2014 already seems like a better year. If the weather and water will cooperate everything is going to be great!
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
February 11, 2014
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