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Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. It is dark and 27 degrees. Today will be nice, sunny and 57 to 61 degrees. Tomorrow will be warmer but it will rain. There is a 90% chance.
Little River is cold this morning, 39 degrees. Flow is 221 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.95 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 203 cfs.
I would go fishing this afternoon and tomorrow when the water is warmer. Tomorrow morning may be best for fishing unless it is too windy. The warm rain should raise the water temperature and it will be cloudy which is an advantage to you unless you are trying to spot fish. I would use nymphs and get them down.
It will be very windy tomorrow afternoon with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour in the mountains. Tomorrow afternoon, if the forecast holds true will not be a good time to fish in the Smokies.
I feel sure there will be boating advisories on area lakes. You won’t see me out there.
The guys at the shop re-arranged and set up a separate sale area. With all the changes our manufacturers made for the 2015 selling season, we have more discontinued gear for sale than I can remember. We usually don’t even advertise our late Fall sale. We just mark down what won’t be coming back next year and people buy it. We are advertising this year on this website because there are so many items. People are already buying the sale merchandise but there is plenty left. Come on by this weekend and look around. Or, check the web page Daniel set up by clicking on the “Learn More” button near the top of this page.
Dan is setting up fly tyers for our Free Saturday Tying events to be held beginning in January. That is always fun. We will also be holding beginner, intermediate and advance fly tying classes all Winter so check the schools pages and see if there is something you are interested in.
I noticed, Gift Card sales are already picking up. That is the first sign the holidays are approaching.
I’m working on the fishpondflyfishing.com and the Fishpond section of our online store. I hope to have that finished by Black Friday. Then you can see the new Fishpond line which is awesome this year. They have quite a few new products and color changes so there is a lot of work to do.
It’s a busy time at the shop though not many anglers are on the water. We had some terrible weather over the last two weeks and that kept fishermen at home. Now, the terrible weather is over for a while.
Every business owner or manager I’ve talked to in town are having slow business. This is the interim slow break before the holidays. Townsend will be very busy for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Then, we go through January waiting. We are waiting for the water temperature to crawl up to 50 degrees. Then, the bugs start popping off the water and the trout go crazy all Spring.
Sometimes that happens in late February. Other years it happens in March. When that happens, fishermen are the first visitors to arrive. Many come from the northern States where they have endured cold weather and snow. I know our customers in Buffalo, NY are ready for Spring. We see a lot of fishermen from Michigan. They have had enough cold weather and they are ready to fly fish.
When the Spring hatches begin, it is too early for the wildflower photographers. They have to wait. The people who love to camp wait too. There are some hikers and backpackers in town during the very early Spring. But, for the most part, our visitors are anglers. These days, the word gets out when the Quill Gordons start hatching. The word gets out because of the internet.
Before the worldwide web, most people didn’t know. They just guessed. We didn’t know what the water temperature was back then. Now, you can look at the USGS sites and see the temperature in real time.
I first started writing daily fishing reports here in 2005 I think. I began archiving the reports in 2007. A few people found this report online and read it. Over time more readers found us. Now, I sometimes can’t believe how many people read this report. Some people tell me they read it every day. On average, there are between 500 and 700 different computers click on this page every day. Over 3,000 different computers visit our website every day. A lot of people visit the Message Board and the online store. The Message Board is full of information about fly fishing in our area.
This information that is now available, helps fishermen make plans. Unlike the old days, there are not many surprises. Before the web, our phones were ringing more often. Fishermen called us to find out how the fishing was going. Now, the calls are less frequent. People visit this page to find out what’s going on.
The world has changed. I think it is better for fly fishermen. Finding fishing reports that are updated every day is hard. There are not many out there. Writing a fishing report like this takes about an hour and a half, every day. That is a big commitment. I enjoy doing it or it might not get done. It is hard to dedicate 500 hours per year or more to one single web page.
Walter Babb made and donated a beautiful bamboo fly rod to one of his favorite charities that provide assistance to people in need in his community of Sweetwater Tennessee. He also tied and donated 7 dozen of his coveted flies to be auctioned at the event. The auction will be held on December 6th at the Sweetwater Primary School at 6 pm. This may be an opportunity of a lifetime for you to own one of Walter’s rods or a collection of his flies.
The rod is a 6’ 9” 2/3 weight made using the Francis Degere taper know as the Digger’s Ice Cream Parlor Special. Francis’ nickname was Digger. This man made some excellent fly rods and developed his own tapers. This is one of them, one of his best. Before his death “Digger” asked that his tapers never be used to make a rod to be sold. Walter is honoring that request. This rod is donated for charity.
Walter’s fly selection is called the “Adams Family”. There are many Adams related flies. You won’t see a collection like this one unless you attend this fundraiser.
Walter and I are hoping to have some serious fly fishermen attend so these rare items are not auctioned at a cheap price. So, I’m trying to do my part to avoid that by mentioning it here. Below is a photo I took of that rod last weekend. It is beautiful.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.