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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. This morning's drive from Maryville was a cloudy one. When I got to Walland a few sprinkles appeared on the windshield. It seems like the weather folks have backed on the snow forecast a little...like every other time we'll just have to wait and see what comes.
Water levels are good this morning. The Little River gauge here in Townsend is giving a reading of 2.36 feet or 437 c.f.s. This is just a bit higher than the daily normal of 305 c.f.s. The streams are very clear. Water temperatures didn't drop as much last night and are starting the day at 41 F.
There wasn't too many people fishing this weekend but a few hard-core folks hit the stream. James and Fred tried a couple of different streams without much success yesterday. Water is cold. They ended up on a small triburtary of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon and James caught a few rainbows. The other anglers who went out didn't report back.
I wouldn't expect much from fishing this week. You will have your best success if you fish like John Reinhardt did. Drive up...look at the beautiful stream....smoke a cigar. With water temperatures get down close to 40 the fishing is going to be slow. Knowing that you just have to take advantage of the pretty days and enjoy being out in the mountains.
Nymph patterns sunk deep are the best bet. Add split shot until you start getting hung up on the bottom. Fish slower runs.
Spring is coming soon. Before long we will be casting big dries to rising trout once again. The first hatches are blue/gray in color. On the big side is the Quill Gordon mayflies. They actually hatch below the surface and swim through the water to emerge. This makes wet flies very effective during a Quill Gordon hatch. You will catch more trout subsurface than on top....but hey it is hard to beat the hope for a rainbow taking a size 10 dry off the top. At the same time you'll find tiny Blue Quills. They are going to be in the #16 - #20 size. The hard thing for me on these flies is just seeing them. We have a little parachute pattern that can be a life saver.
I get excited thinking about warm weather and dry fly fishing. I can't wait. Speaking of dry flies I noticed the other day that we finally received a few dozen Yellow Neversink Caddis and some orange ones. The bins have been empty for months. We had plenty of stock on order but the manufacturer was out. They had them on order but a couple shipments vanished but were finally found in customs. Flies are getting held up in customs over peacock herl of all things. There is apparently some regulation on the feathers and boxes get held up. I wouldn't have thought that peacock feathers would have to be regulated so closely.
Natural materials for fly tying are sometimes hard to come by. We all know the issues with hackle feathers. I will order what I need to fill the wall and we get shipped what ever the company has available. Last month I tried to special order some Spey Hackles for a customer. Speaking with the guy at Whiting Farms he said they were going to be out of that kind of feather until July. Dealing with live chickens you can just fire up a machine and crank out more product. You have to hatch the birds then let them grow before harvesting.
Another material that has been very hard to get over the last several months has been calf tails. One of the crappie fly tiers was in the Shop and told me the reason he heard from his supplier. They told him people were eating less veal and therefore the number of calfs being harvested was way down. I would really hate to see calf tail become really scarce and the price going up into the catagory of jungle cock.
All this material talk reminded me that today is Wapsi and Hareline ordering day.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
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