Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report and good morning from a sunny, beautiful Townsend, Tennessee.

Welcome to the Fishing Report. A blanket of clouds made for a warmer morning here in Townsend. I didn't have to scrape any frost off the windows of my truck. The weather forecast is calling for it to be a little warmer over the next couple of days. Mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 60's should make for some great fishing.

Water temps were up some this morning to 45F. The river is running clear but there was a ton of leaves on the water and in the water. If you are nymph fishing there is no way around catching leaves on every other drift. It is just one of those parts of Fall you have to deal with. Water levels are just barely below normal at 1.72 feet or 125 c.f.s.

For those of you on the hunt for large browns, nymphs and weight are going to be your choice. Larger nymphs will help entice those larger browns. As the spawn continues don't forget about trying some egg patterns below the gravelly riffles. The rainbows will stack up looking for eggs and other stuff being washed downstream.

With the warm conditions over the next several days water temps should rise kicking the trouts metabolism up. A dry / dropper rig could be an excellent way to fish the streams which have more rainbows. If you are looking for more solitude and don't care so much about bigger fish, all the other streams will be fishing well. West Prong of Little River, Middle Prong, the Little Pigeon should be seeing less angling pressure than the main Little River.

A customer came in a couple of weeks ago looking for some cream or white zebra midges to fish on the tailwaters. Looking through the fly catalogs, I couldn't find any from any of the companies we buy from. Rob Fightmaster, , has been tying some flies for us and he tied some of the midges up. Rob has been tying up some great flies for us that we can't get anywhere else. These flies aren't currently on our Online Catalog but we have them here at the store if you stop by or give us a call on the phone.

Walter Babb and Brian Courtnet taught our first Beginner Fly Tying Class of the season. It went very well. We had 6 students yesterday. The classes are limited to 8 students to ensure everyone gets pleanty of help and attention. Everyone enjoyed the class and learned a lot.

I think Byron will probably be back at the Report tomorrow. If you can sneak away for the next few days head to the mountains. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 13, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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