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. It is a frosty morning in Townsend. The fog has burned off and the sky is clear and blue. It is Friday again and the weekend is here. Tomorrows UT game is a noon kickoff. This means that the mountains will be quiet. Perfect for fishing!

Water levels spiked up a little bit yesterday with the rain that fell the night before. "Spiked up" doesn't mean too much when the water is as low as it is. The gauge got up to about 1.75 feet before starting back down again. Right now the flow of 100 c.f.s. is a bit below the normal of 119 c.f.s. The streams are flowing clear so you are going to have to be stealthy. Water temperatures took a nose dive las night. Cold clear nights have a major impact on water temps. Give it a little while then head out on the river. Let everything have a chance to warm up.

Nymphs are going to be the best bet earlier in the day. Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs and Copper Johns in the 12-16 size range is an excellent way to go. You might want to put on a Stimulator or other high floating dry and run the nymphs as a dropper. Later in the afternoons give a dry a shot. Stimulators, Thunderheads, Elk Hair Caddis can all be good choices.

Four of the guides from Blackberry Farms were up on the river the other day and landed a monster brown. It was most definitely a group effort. Jeremy hooked the fish. Daniel and Alex were attempting to net it and Michael was manning the camera. If I can get hold of the video I'll post it on Facebook. They are clearly excited. In the end they got the monster brown landed. Congratulations Jeremy.

A customer called us last night. He found a rod and reel in the Smokies last Saturday. If you lost a rod or know someone that lost a rod last weekend give us a call and we'll put you in contact with him. The shops phone number is 865-448-9459.

There is still space in the Beginner Fly Tying Class coming up on Saturday November 16. The cost is $85 and includes all the materials for the day and even lunch. If you have been thinking about taking up the art of fly tying this is a great way to find out if you like it.

Hugh Hartsell will be tying for you this Saturday.  He is someone you want to watch and talk to.  It’ free.  Just show up between 10 am and 2 pm.  CLICK HERE to see our complete schedule.

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

Daniel Drake
November 8, 2013

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