Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The thick fog has burned off revealing a beautiful blue sky. It is a welcome change from the gloomy darkness which hung over the area yesterday. This nice weather is forecast to be with us through the weekend.

Water levels are very good. The gauge this morning was reading 1.97 feet or 198 c.f.s. This is a little higher than the normal flow for this date of 118 c.f.s. The streams are flowing clear and leaves aren't too bad a problem. Water temperatures are on the cool side at 45.7F at the Park boundary. These cooler water temps mean you don't have to be out in the river at sunrise. You can afford to have a nice breakfast and a cup of coffee before heading out.

Anglers are still reporting good fishing from most streams. Not many people must have been fishing yesterday. We were very slow here at the Shop.

If you head out on the river what you should use will depend on how you are going to fish. For those of you like me who just want to go have a good time and catch some trout, I would head towards the Middle Prong of Little River armed with a dry fly such as a Parachute Adams or some attractor. Concentrate on the broken water. Keep an eye on the bigger pools also.
If you have aspirations of larger brown trout then you should head towards the Little River or if you have the time...the Oconoluftee. These streams have a higher density of brown trout. Larger nymphs, such as Prince Nymph, Tellico Nymph, Bitch Creek, Montana Stones, etc can be effective. The most important thing is patience. Casting to a trout who is not feeding is just wasting your effort. If you find a big fish you just have to wait till it is in the mood.

We received a shipment of NEW Fishpond items yesterday. This is their new Westwater collection which is more waterproof than the other items. I've got to get it all checked in and find a good way to display it.

I better get this Report posted before it gets too late. There is still a couple of spots left in the Beginner Fly Tying Class going on this Saturday. If you want to take the class give us a call to reserve your spot. Have a great rest of the week and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 8, 2012

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