Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a chilly morning in Townsend. Broken clouds lazily make their way across the blue sky cheerfully hiding the cold wetness that is to come tomorrow. The weather community must feel pretty certain because two different weather sites are calling for 100% chance of precipitation. Usually I check a couple of different sites and see which forecast sounds like the best one and go with that. You can't change it anyway so I figure might as well hold onto that hope of a nice day. Good news is that after tomorrow we are supposed to have dry weather here in the Great Smoky Mountains.

My number one bit of fishing advice for this Monday. DON'T FALL IN. The water is very cold. Fishing traffic is way down in the Smokies. This being said, there is not much reason to hike miles back on trails to find solitude. Fishing along the roadside can be very productive and also it keeps you closer to a warm car in the event of a dunking.
With as cold as the overnight temperatures have been there isn't too much need to hit the river at first light. You can get up and enjoy a nice leisurely breakfast before heading to the water.

Nymphs are going to be your best bet. Get some weight on there and get the flies to the bottom. All the basic patterns should work well. Prince nymphs and tellicos are hard to beat. Don't forget about the Copper John or Pheasant tail.

Later on in the day as things begin to warm you might try a dry or two. Darker bodied flies such as Parachute Adams, Blue Wing Olive, darker colored caddis patterns etc.

As water temperatures drop the water can't hold suspended solids as well. This is why the streams are so clear in the winter months. Clearer water means spookier fish. Always be stealthy.

FREE Fly Tying Demos continue this weekend with Mike Bone. Mike is the owner of Clinch River Outfitters, an excellent guide service on our East Tennessee tailwaters. You can find out more info about Mike on their website . Mike will be here at Little River Outfitters on Saturday December 4, from 10 am until 2 pm. There is no cost, just show up, grab a cup of coffee and be ready to learn.

Dates for other FREE Fly Tying Demo events are listed on our Events here.. More tyers will be added so keep checking back.

If you are looking to hone your skills in a more structured classroom setting we still have some space in our Intermediate Fly Tying Class on Saturday December 4. The cost of the class is just $75 and that includes all your materials and even lunch. Reservations and a deposit are required so give us a call at 865-448-9459 to sign up.

Byron is off today to clean up his workshop. Hopefully this means we'll get our new rod rack this Winter! He'll be back at the Fishing Report tomorrow.

Enjoy your day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 29, 2010


Our fly tying classes are starting Saturday November 20th.  The first one is a beginner school.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  Daniel is posting the dates on our website today in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday November 20 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday December 4 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying


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