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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is smoky this morning, filtering the bright sun. The weather is cool and there is still no rain on the horizon.
Water levels in the Smokies continue to be low. The stream flow gauge for the Little River is giving a reading of 1.26 feet or 36 c.f.s. That is quite a bit lower than the daily normail of 141 c.f.s. but still higher than the water was back in 2008. Water temperatures are a very nice 47F.
We haven't been seeing as many anglers headed to the mountains over the last few weeks. The tourists and leaf lookers are thinning out fast. This will leave us with a peaceful time to enjoy the streams.
Leaves are going to be a problem. Without a big rain event to flush the creeks they are piling up. Don't wade on leaves in the stream. They mask deeper spots and could cause a chilly fall.
Have you been seeing the fire activity around the region? I haven't been watching regular TV news so I don't know how much is being reported but the amount of acres burning in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia is worrysome. Local fire fighters as well as specialists from out west are on hand to get it under control.
There is a fire burning right at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser, NC. From pictures I saw on their Facebook page the flames were literally on their doorstep. For now it appears that the buildings are ok but they are closed for evacuations. A fire in our area would be scary. Houses and cabins are packed in on the hillsides. Some of the roads are so steep that the fire trucks aren't able to drive up them.
There is a backcountry fire ban in the Smokies. They haven't had to do this since 2007. Fires are still allowed in front country campgrounds but it is still important to be careful of embers and make sure fires are extinguished fully.
Shawn Madison sent me an email this morning and said that fishing for brown trout on the Clinch has been very good. I haven't heard much about the South Holston but it should be fishing well too. I've seen a lot of pictures of great fish coming out of the Caney Fork this fall too.
I guess what all this means is that we should get out there fishing while we can. The holidays are coming and so is winter. The time we have to fish will disappear quickly. Time to take advantage now.
Fly Tying season is upon us. We have an Intermediate Fly Tying Class (cost is $75) coming up on Saturday December 3rd.
We will also be doing some Free Fly Tying Demos on Saturdays. Right now we are working on getting tyers lined up.
If you have been thinking about fly tying but aren't ready to commit to a full class there is going to be Fly Tying 101 classes on Sunday Dec. 4 and Sunday Dec. 11. These are Free 2 hour classes like the Fly Fishing 101. It is meant as a brief introduction to fly tying. If you want to come just give us a call. The tying classes are more limited on space than the fishing classes are.
Well it is after 10. Better get this posted. Byron will be back at it tomorrow. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
November 13, 2016