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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is another beautiful morning in East Tennessee. Driving to work this morning the mountains were bathed in soft light and fog hung low over the valley. People want to live "in" the mountains...but I think one of the prettiest views of the mountains is the drive in US 321 out past the mall. You are up on a rise and the whole expanse of the Smokies and Chilhowee Mountain are laid out before you.

The water temperatue is a little better this morning. The gauge read about 43.7F. It rose throughout the day yesterday peaking a bit over 45F. That is still cool. To me it is far from wet wading temp. It might even be time to add a layer of fleece under the waders.

Water levels are excellent. The Little River Gauge this morning was at 1.84 feet or 159 c.f.s. This is almost at the daily normal of 142 c.f.s. The streams are very clear. Always remember to be stealthy.

Nymph patterns are a good option for early day fishing. The streams are cold so add some split shot and get the flies down in the water. BH Prince Nymphs, BH Pheasant Tails, Tellico Nymphs etc. will all be good.

Mid-day and in the afternoon dry patterns should be working well. Parachute Adams, Blue Wing Olive, Elk Hair Caddis.

Our first Beginner Fly Tying Class of the year is this morning. We have a good turn out with 6 students. The maximum number we have is 8 so considering we didn't have much lead time on this one I think this is great. The Beginner Tying Class is a perfect way to learn or just see if you are going to like tying. More are scheduled for later in the Winter.

It should be a great weekend to be out on the water. Thank you for reading the Fishing Report and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 10, 2012

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