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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. Happy Veteran's Day to all of the brave men and women who have put on the many uniforms to serve this great country. I never took the opportunity but father was in the Navy and my grandfather was in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Many of the men I look up to and respect served. A few years ago I had the honor of showing Medal of Honor recipient Tom Norris how to cast a fly rod. You want to talk about heros....anyone who earns a Medal of Honor truly exemplifies the definition of HERO. Everyone who serves deserves our appreciation. From the super secret folks we never hear about to the cooks and supply clerks. All are part of the process that keeps us safe and free.
Fishing in the Smokies.....not much has changed lately. Water temperatures are down due to frosty nights. This morning the thermometer is giving a reading of 47F. You won't need to be getting to the river at sunrise for the next several days. Take the time to have a good breakfast and a hot cup of coffee. Give the trout a little time to get defrosted and moving.
Water levels are low. This is not breaking news. They aren't the lowest they have ever been. It was still lower back in 2008. This morning the gauge for Little River is giving a reading of 1.26 feet or 36 c.f.s. This is quite a bit lower than the daily average of 146 c.f.s. The streams are very clear.
Despite the low water conditions, anglers are still doing pretty well. This week a customer was in from Florida. He had never fished the Smokies before. We told him not to use the current conditions for his baseline as to how the mountains should be. I asked him what he was looking for...brook trout, brown trout, etc. He just wanted to catch fish. I told him to go West Prong of Little River. You won't catch big fish in West Prong but you will enjoy yourself and catch trout. He followed instruction and went....and caught some nice average trout. He was thrilled. It is always nice when advice works!
Dry flies have been working well in the Smokies. Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wulffs and Stimulators are all doing well. You aren't going to get too many casts to each spot so keep moving and cover ground.
Nymphs like Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears are as good as ever. Fish them deep. Try some larger nymphs also such as the Pat's Rubberlegs.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Fishpond products. Hopefully it will only be another week or so. The new stuff looks really good.
I better get this posted before people start emailing to see if we are ok. This weekend should be a good time to fish. Watch out for leaves in the water and on the bank. Frosty leaves can be more slippery than an Abrams Creek boulder.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
November 11, 2016