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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. The sun is shining but it is VERY cold in East Tennessee. It is even cold by Northern standards. I woke up this morning and looked at the weather app on my phone. It said 9. The colder shock came when I stood up from bed and the screen flipped revealing that it was actually 6F. #onedayclosertospring!
Fishing in the Smokies will be slow at best today. Water temperatures have bottomed out the thermometer at 32F. This isn't saying that the river is frozen over. Far from it. Only that the temperature probe is frozen. Water levels are at 1.99 feet or 162 c.f.s. which is below the daily normal of 326 c.f.s.
This morning at 9 am, Newfound Gap Road/US 441 over the Smokies was closed due to ice and snow. Little River Road and Cades Cove Loop Road are open but upper Tremont Road is closed. This time of year it is best to call the Smokies Roads phone number 865-436-1200 +2, 2. Even though it hasn't snowed the roads could be closed as a result of ice. You can also look up the road conditions on Twitter https://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS you don't have to be a Twitter user to look.
What to say about fishing... Some of the tailwaters have good flows. The South Holston is turned off completely all day. The Clinch is going to have a window of opportunity in the afternoon. Where ever you go, dress warmly and have extra clothes in the the car. Falling in this time of year is not a good option.
As we start 2018 what are you going to do? Do you have those "bucket list" items that you want to check off this year? Are you going to go fishing in saltwater for the first time? Are you going to make that trip out west you have been putting off? My goal for 2018 is to be less of a procrastinator and more of a doer. I personally get "busy".
On an entrepreneur page on Facebook they described "being busy" as the most common form of laziness. I stay busy and then don't really ever get anything done. Byron keeps telling me to make lists. Making lists is going to be my starting point. I know once I can change my brain to just get things done that is going to free me up to do so many things. Who knows....maybe I'll even be one of those people who takes the time to cast at a layed up tarpon.
Where is your trip for 2018? Is it standing on the front of a flats boat in turquoise water, watching dark shadows slide across the sand? Is it walking across a grassy meadow to a curling ribbon of stream, snow capped mountains in the distance, steam rising from hot springs? Is it waking up early to the smell of campfire and coffee, unzipping the tent and hearing the sound of rushing water and knowing the brook trout are as hungry as you are? Lets go somewhere this year. Lets not just plan and dream. Lets check things off our lists.
I finally got the schedule posted for the FREE Saturday Fly Tying Demos. You can see the schedule by clicking HERE. These are a fun way to spend a cold Saturday. We will have different fly tyers coming in to demonstrate fly tying and to talk about fishing. The demos start at 10 am and go to about 2 pm. Next weekend, January 6, things will get started with Jack Gregory. Jack is one of the best fly fisherman in the area. I'm not sure what he will be tying. It could be patterns for the mountains....but could just as easily be something to catch permit on the flats in Belize. Even if you don't tie flies these events are still a great way to learn more about fly fishing.
Fly Tying Classes have started also. The first Beginner Fly Tying class is coming up Saturday January 13. This all day class will teach you about tools and the basic techniques to get started tying your own flies. The cost is just $85 and includes everything you need for the day. There is still plenty of space available but you still need to call and reserve your spot.
Another class we have scheduled this year is a Smoky Mountain Flies class. This is an intermediate class so you have to have fly tying experience before signing up. It isn't necessary to be a professional fly tyer but Walter will skip over all the basics and jump right into tying the flies. This class is $75 and is already half full so if you are interested give us a call right away.
Stay warm what ever you do today. Warmer days are ahead. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
Januray 2, 2017
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