Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Townsend was still shrouded in drizzling rain and fog this morning first thing, but the rain appears to have finished and high, cold winds are blowing the last of the cloud cover away. This will herald picture-perfect October weather, as the skies will turn their typical bluebird blue and the sun will shine for the next week; highs will be in the mid to high 60's and lows ranging from the mid-thirties to the low forties. This is the type of weather that makes October so enjoyable for me.

The water temperature this morning in Townsend was 56F.  The river was slightly tinged with color, but just hazy enough for nice fishing. We got quite a bit of rain yesterday, compared to normal. It seemed like it alternated between pouring buckets to drizzling a very fine mist all day. The normal rainfall for yesterday is .07 inches and I measured .25 here at the shop. The water levels have stabilized and are dropping, though. The only tough part for fishing should be slightly higher water and leaves in the flow.

With that slightly higher, slightly colored water and cooler temperatures it should make for an excellent day to cast some big hairy nymphs. The fish were most likely hunkered down yesterday to stay out of the way of the stronger current and the debris. If I was out there, I'd be tossing in some rubber leg pheasant tails along with an October Caddis Pupa or an October Cased Caddis (we have both of those October caddis flies and they look killer!). If you're one of those fishermen who absolutely will not throw a nymph, you'd probably do well with some terrestrial patterns today. Beetles and ants have been productive recently. *whispers* But you'd do better with a nymph. */whispers*

Caution is advised while wading and navagating the streamsides today. Slippery leaves will be your worst obstacle on banks and rocks, so be careful.

We have a full beginner class for this weekend, our last class of the year. Look forward to the fly tying school schedule and free tying demonstration Saturdays to be posted soon. The class schedule has already been set. 

I'll be off for most of next week; I'm welcoming some friends to town from all over the world. So, here's my shout-out to Taina Rajanti, coming from Finland; Richard Weston, from the UK; MT Davila, from Boston...and for those of you who remember from the message board, Sarah from Seattle...Sarah White. I'm sure they will all fall in love with Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains.

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

Paula Begley
October 20, 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 October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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