Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Looking out the window it is a beautifully clear Fall morning. is cold. I know..those of you reading this up North are going to laugh at me and think some comment like..."Its not cold till your car wheels freeze to the driveway"... or "Its not cold till your spit freezes before it hits the ground." I've lived through all that. Really it isn't that cold out but I am enjoying the coolness of Fall and I'm not ready for Winter quite yet. A nice part of living in the South is that even though I scraped frost off the windshield of my truck this morning it will be warm this afternoon.

The weather forecast is calling for some rain later tomorrow into Friday morning. After that it looks like it should be a perfect weekend. Lows in the Smokies have been in the 20's. If you are headed out fishing it isn't crucial that you are there at sunrise. Give the water a chance to warm up a little.

The water temperature at the Swinging Bridge was 45F this morning. The river is running clear. I didn't see many leaves in the main flow of the stream but I imagine they are piling up in the eddies. Be careful around leaves in the stream. They can hide holes. Water levels are above normal still at 1.76 feet on the gauge or 136c.f.s. This is a great level for fishing.

I didn't hear any fishing reports from anglers who fished yesterday. Traffic should be much lighter from here on out now that a majority of the leaves have past peak. You can still find some beautiful trees just not huge patches of color. If you head to the Smokies to fish I would start the day with nymphs. As everything warms up dry patterns will work. All the usual nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymph, Tellico, etc have been good. Dries like Parachute Adams, Caddis, Stimulators, and Blue Wing Olives have been working well.

If you have been considering Fly Tying our first Beginner Fly Tying Class of the year is coming up on Saturday November 12. It is taught by Walter Babb. The cost is only $85.00 and it includes a full day of fly tying instruction, a book, all the tools and materials to use during the class, even lunch. This class is an excellent way to get a solid start on fly tying or just let you try it and see if tying flies is for you. You need to sign up in advance so give us a call.

We had some issues trying to get the Fishing Report uploaded yesterday. It drives me nuts when computers or the internet don't work because it is very seldom for a simple cut and dry reason. We couldn't get a good connection to our websites FTP to upload stuff but our computer guy didn't have a problem. I even tried multiple computers. Hopefully everything is going to go smoothly this morning.

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

Daniel Drake
November 2, 2011

Our fly tying classes are about to begin.  Here are the dates:

Beginner Fly Tying – Saturday November 12, 2011 – Saturday January 7, 2012 and February 4, 2012.

Intermediate Fly Tying – Saturday December 3, 2011 – Saturday January 21, 2012 and Saturday February 18, 2012.

Advanced Fly Tying – Saturday January 28, 2012 and Saturday February 25, 2012.

You can view the details and the schedule by CLICKING HERE.  This page references our beginner class.  You can go to the “Schools” menu to find information about the other classes. 


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