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.  Fly Tyers Weekend is today and tomorrow from 9am till 5pm both days. It is being held at the Tremont Lodge and Resort. This is located right across from the Train Museum here in Townsend. There is a sign along the road letting you know which entrance to turn into. It is FREE! Just stop by. Casting for Recovery is going to be selling food so there isn't even a need to leave to get lunch.

Fishing in the Smokies should be good this weekend. The moon is full or nearly full so that might be an issue. Some people don't think that it is a factor, and I don't have any facts to support my thoughts, but to me it seems to slow fishing some when the nights are clear. Water levels are good for fishing. This morning the gauge is reading 2.12 feet or 280 c.f.s. The normal flow for this date is 132 c.f.s. Water temperatures are cool at 45F. This should warm as the day continues.

I would fish lower elevation streams. There is still likely to be snow on the high elevation brook trout waters. Look for sunny locations where the water has had a chance to warm. Nymph patterns are definitely going to be the best bet early in the day. Prince Nymphs, Tellico, and Copper Johns are always good. We have this great nymph called an Improved Yellarhammer. It is a large fly, I think they are in the #8 and #10 size range. Heavily weighted and with rubber legs is a great fly for this time of year. You can fish it and have a smaller nymph trailing along.

We are hoping for a good weekend here at the Shop. The Shop is better stocked at the moment than it has been all year. Stop by when you come to town for Fly Tyers Weekend.

I better get downstairs. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 8, 2014 

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