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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. It has been a drizzly, gloomy morning here in Townsend. I'm sure there is a handful of anglers who are going crazy right now wishing they could be on the river looking for fish.

According the our rain gauge we received 0.125 inches in the last 24 hours. The flow on Little River has come up a slight amound to 1.57 feet or 89 c.f.s. This is still lower than the normal flow for this date of 129 c.f.s. Water temperatures came up a bit with yesterday's beautifully warm weather. The streamflow gauge was giving a temperature reading this morning of 54.4 F. Water temps are going to drop tonight. The Knoxville forecast is calling for lows in the lower 30's tonight meaning that it will likely get below freezing in the Smokies.

I have seen some pictures posted on Facebook of incredible fish being caught in the Smokies. Catching these monsters is not something that is undertaken lightly. Most are a result of a group effort of anglers. Cooperation can be key. One angler will keep an eye on the trout while another gets into position. Patience is more important than any rod or special fly.
If you are up on the river and come on an angler intently watching the water, be courteous. They may have been there for an hour...waiting for the right opportunity. If you feel compelled to get out think about actions.. a loud car door slam can send trout fleeing. A guide friend of mine would say, if you start a question with "would a trout spook if...?" the answer is always YES.

The weather forecast is calling for near freezing temperatures as the overnight lows for the next several days. This is going to cause water temperatures to drop. There won't be much point in getting out on the stream at first light. It will be better to head out later and let the water warm some. Nymph patterns like copper johns, Prince Nymphs, Tellico Nymphs, etc will be a good way to start. In the afternoons you might try some dry fly patterns. Small blue wing olives, Elk Hair Caddis, Orange Stimulators and even Neversink Caddis can be good bets.

The remodeling continues. We have moved most of the the tying materials upstairs now. The rest should be up there very soon. It is still a bit disorganized but that will get better. We are waiting on some big orders of new stock. The new Fishpond items will ship to us in a couple of weeks. One new item that we will be stocking from them are the Nomad brand nets. These are excellent nets which are extremely light but strong.

There is still space in the Beginner Fly Tying Class coming up on Saturday November 16. The cost is $85 and includes all the materials for the day and even lunch. If you have been thinking about taking up the art of fly tying this is a great way to find out if you like it.

Hugh Hartsell will be tying for you this Saturday.  He is someone you want to watch and talk to.  It’ free.  Just show up between 10 am and 2 pm.  CLICK HERE to see our complete schedule.

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

Daniel Drake
November 7, 2013

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