Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and cool this morning, 34 degrees.  Townsend appears to be quiet and lacking visitors this weekend.  This is a great time to be here.  You won’t be able to travel on highway 441 across the Park from Sugarlands to Cherokee.  The road is closed right now due to ice and snow.  You can see what it looks like up there by clicking on the PURCHASE KNOB WEBCAM HERE.  I tried it this morning at 7:00 am.  That didn’t work well.  It was pitch black outside.  Walter just came in.  He is doing a free fly tying demonstration today from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm.  He said he saw on TV that Mount Leconte got 7 inches of snow yesterday.

Little River was inviting this morning.  The flow is good but the water temperature has dropped. Current flow is 217 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 124 cfs.  The flow is perfect.  Water temperature in town was 44 degrees at 8:30 am.  That’s not so perfect. 

I know I would use big nymphs today.  It’s going to be cloudy and that works in favor of the angler.  The high today will only be in the 40’s so I wouldn’t expect the water to warm up much.  But, you may be able to coax a trout to take a dry fly.  I would still stick with nymphs.

I’m beginning to see the mountains more clearly now that the fog hovering above them is lifting.  I can’t see any snow up there from here.  I think the snow is only present at elevations above 3,000 feet.

It is going to get cold tonight.  But next week we should see a warming trend.  One weather site indicates a high of 70 on Thursday.  It is going to be sunny most of the week after today.  But, with the higher water and the possibility of melting snow the streams should have some color and remain higher than normal.  That’s good for fishing unless the water temperature drops too much.

Our fly tying classes are starting Saturday November 20th.  The first one is a beginner school.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  Daniel is posting the dates on our website today in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday November 20 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday December 4 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying

All classes are taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.  The beginner class costs $85 and the others are $75.  All materials and lunch are included.  You can use our tools or bring your own.

Try to come by the shop and watch Walter and Caleb tie flies today.  Then go fishing.

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

Byron Begley
November 6, 2010

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