Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a cloudy Fall morning in Townsend. The trees are really starting to change color along US 321 on my drive into town. I've heard that the colors in the higher elevations are very nice but that the North Carolina side hadn't changed as much. Figuring out Fall colors is as bad as predicting the weather.

Water levels in the Little River system are a bit lower than normal at 68 c.f.s. or 1.46 feet. Water temperatures are excellent. 55F is warmer than it has been. This should have the trout more active. The streams are very clear so be stealthy.

Josh Pfeiffer with was rigging up some rods in the parking lot this morning when I pulled in. He was getting ready for some clients that he was with yesterday. Josh said that they did well yesterday with the largest landed trout being a 15" brown. They fished nymphs most all day, trying a few dries. Nymphs were the ticket for them.

The weather forecast is calling for a chance of rain today. It was only 40% so that doesn't mean too much. We could use a little rain. The streams are getting low. Of course this time of year rain can mean problems for fishing. Tons of leaves get knocked into the streams during the rain or even wind. If we don't get enough rain they just pool up. Once that happens they'll hang around till we get enough flow to wash them out.
Leaves are a hazard both in the water and on the bank. Felt soles and leaves on the bank aren't a good mix. Be especially careful on frosty mornings when the wet leaves are very slippery. If you are wading in the stream never wade across a leaf pile. Leaves collect in depressions in the stream bottom. What looks like nice level ground is likely hiding a deep hole.

Our remodeling is going well. We are moving tying materials upstairs. The upper level still looks like a construction zone but it is getting better everyday. When all is done the downstairs is going to have a very open design. This should make products easier to see and shop for. It might look a little empty at first but rest assured that all is well. Once we get things situated we are going to see where the dead wood is that needs to be trimmed and what new stuff needs to come in. This is a good thing that will improve the Shop overall.

Fly tying classes are starting up very soon. The first Beginner Class is coming up on Saturday November 16. Give us a call to sign up. The cost is $85 and includes all the materials for the day, a step by step book to take home and even lunch.

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

Daniel Drake
October 30, 2013

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