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 continues today at the Tremont Lodge and Resort. It is located across from the Train Museum here in Townsend. The event is going great. Attendance was very good yesterday. Byron and Wilson seem very pleased. We got to see lots of customers and friends that we haven't seen in a while. Fly Tyers Weekend will be going on today from 9am till 5pm. It is FREE. Just stop by.

I don't tie many flies. I know how. My problem has always been having a place to tie. Without a dedicated tying location, tying was a hassle because I had to take everything out and set it up. After I was done tying then I had to clean it all back up again. Now I've got extra space so I've been thinking about setting up a corner with my stuff. Going up and watching the tyers at Fly Tyers Weekend has made me think about that more. The other thing that makes me want to tie flies is our Free Fly Tying Demos on Saturday mornings in the winter. Tying won't save me money...flies are pretty definitely won't save me time. There is something about catching a trout or bass on a fly that I tied myself. Just that little extra sense of accomplishment.

A fly tying class is a great way to learn how to tie or even just figure out if you want to tie. We have our first Beginner Fly Tying Class of the fall coming up next weekend. The cost is only $85 and includes all the materials and tools you need for the day and even lunch. Some shops do tying classes in the evenings and over the course of several weeks. Our classes are single day classes. They are long....from 9 till about 4 or so. We do them in a single day because we have so many people who come from out of state. People will drive from all over the region to come to a class. They need to get it done in a shorter time. Check out the Fly Tying Class pages on the website. If this is something you want to try...give us a call to sign up.

Fishing in the Smokies should be pretty good today. It is going to be a beautiful day with temperatures near 60F and sunny. Water levels are excellent for fishing. They are a little higher than normal but very nice. The gauge this morning is giving a reading of 2.00 feet or 237 c.f.s. The daily average for today is 134 c.f.s. There is probably a good amount of leaves in the water. They can get very annoying when you are nymphing. Also, be careful wading in the stream. Leaves pile up in the low spots.

Early in the day, nymphs are going to be your best bet. Try some Tellico Nymphs, Rob's Hellbenders, Prince Nymphs, etc. Have some larger rubber legged nymphs like the Improved Yellarhammers also.

Later in the day after the water has had a chance to warm up try casting some dry flies. Orange Stimulators have been working well. They are big enough to use with a dropper. Parachute Adams and Elk Hair Caddis can also be good choices. Sizes ranging from #14 to #16.

If you make it up to the Smokies today...stop by Fly Tyers Weekend...then stop by and see us. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 9, 2014 

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