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. The sun is shining bright this morning but it is cold and frosty. Driving out Maryville yesterday I could see the snow on the high mountains in the Smokies. Mt LeConte and Newfound Gap have almost 3 feet of snow on the ground. Newfound Gap Road (US 441) is open but they are cautioning to watch for snow and ice.

Water temperatures dropped overnight due to the cold conditions. It was 43F this morning on the gauge. Water levels are good. The Little River is flowing at 1.68 feet or 115 c.f.s. This is a little higher than the normal of 84 c.f.s. Even though this is a normal flow, water levels are low and the stream is very clear. As always use stealth to approach the stream.

Nymphs and split shot are your best bets early. Prince Nymphs, Tellico Nymph, Copper John and Pheasant tails are all excellent choices. Also, larger stonefly and hellgramite style patterns can work well. As temperatures warm through the afternoon try some dry fly patterns such as Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis and Parachute Adams.

Our first Beginner Fly Tying Class is going on Saturday November 10th. If you have been thinking about tying flies this is an excellent way to learn or even just try it to see if you are going to like it.. The cost is only $85.00 and that includes all the tools and materials for the day and lunch.
You will learn about the tools used to tie flies. The fly patterns which you tie are selected to teach technique and build skill. The first pattern is the Green Weenie. This little fly is super simple but teaches important skills like starting the thread, wrapping materials and finishing the fly. Next is the Wooly Bugger. This universal patterns lets you learn, leading a hook, palmering hackle, ribbing with wire, etc. The Hares Ear nymph is another standard pattern which can be modified into many variations. The Sparkle Dun teaches hair stacking and dry fly dubbing. Finally you finish off with an old classic, the Elk Hair Caddis. Getting the elk hair to flare but still stay neatly on the top of the hook can be a challenge but Walter Babb will be there to share is years of experience and knowledge and keep you on the right path.
You need to give us a call here at the Shop to make a reservation for the class. If you can't make it to this one there is another coming up on January 5th or February 9th. They are one day classes starting at 9am so if you are coming from out of town you can get a whole class done all at once.

If you head to the river today bundle up and don't forget the gloves! Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 1, 2012

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