Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee. It was kind of raining and kind of snowing when we arrived at the Shop this morning. Now the sun is kind of out. The weather is cold this morning. Ethan even showed up to work today wearing long pants and real shoes. You can see snow up on the ridges.

The weather forecast for tomorrow looks GREAT. It is supposed to be in the high 60's and sunny. As we get into next week it is supposed to dry out and warm up.

The river is still rolling along today. Water levels are at 4.49 feet on the gauge (1850 cfs). Needless to say that is above normal and beyond the fishably high level. Water levels are dropping. If you must go fishing today I would head to one of the smaller creeks like West Prong of Little River or to Anthony Creek. These streams will run off quicker because they have fewer tributaries. Stay out of the water. Water levels are way too high to be getting in. As high as they are the streams are flowing mostly clear.

If you do fish, try some streamers or heavily weighted nymphs. Most of the fish will be huddled up in the eddies along the edges trying to stay out of the main current.

New items are showing up each day. I have a big pile of new Orvis Access and Hydros reels on my desk waiting to get checked in. We received a couple of the new Orvis Superfine Touch rods also. These are a throwback to the classic Superfine rods with slower full flex actions and the unsanded blanks.

We have gotten in some of the Redington Sonic Seam waders. The zippered ones are pretty slick. I was surprised. The zipper makes it much easier to get the waders on and off. Many people have been concerned about the zipper leaking....and not having worn the waders in the water I can't personally make a judgement.... but it is a heavy duty waterproof zipper. For me it wouldn't matter much anyway as I seldom wade deep enough to get the zipper wet.
Today's fishing conditions would be perfect for the Chota Caney Fork Knee High Wading Socks. It would keep your feet dry around the edges of the creek, but they are low enough that you won't be tempted to try to wade out into the raging torrent of river.

We have some exciting new rods this year also. Winston has the GVX which is a TRUE green, made in Montana, Winston rod but with a more reasonable $495 price tag. There are several great rod lines out this year without 2nd mortgage requiring price tags. Sage has the VXP starting at $495 and Orvis has the Hydros and Access rods. We started ordering the Redington Pursuit Outfit. This is a complete outfit with rod, reel, fly line and carrying case. It has a pretty looking and good casting rod, a good reel and a good fly line all for only $179.95. Not much of the new stuff has made it to the Online Catalog yet but you can always give us a call.

Byron is off today to work on the boat. He'll be back tomorrow. If you venture out, be very careful. Water levels still need to come down a long way.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
March 11, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
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