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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Townsend is cold and crisp this morning with frost on the grass and no clouds in the sky. A few trees still cling to their mantle of Fall colors. I feel that we are quickly losing ground to Winter. Traffic has been slow in Townsend this week. This morning at the Shop has been busy. People are coming to town to fish this weekend.

Last night's frosty temperatures caused the water temps in Little River to take a nose dive. The gauge website was giving a reading of 43.2 F this morning. You definitely don't want to be falling into that. It is going to be a perfect weekend to be outside. The forecast is calling for high 60's to the low 70's with bright sunny skies. Take advantage of these days while you can.

Water levels are good on the streams of the Little River. The streamflow gauge is at 1.89 feet or 173 c.f.s. This is just a bit higher than the median flow for this date of 117 c.f.s. The streams are running clear. Watch for leaves along the bank especially in the morning. Frosted leaves can be worse that the rocks of Abrams Creek. Also be wary of leaves on stream bottoms. They collect in holes. If you don't want to end up soaked in a spot way deeper than it looks, wade around the leafy spots.

Anglers have been doing well in the Smokies. Larger browns are still being observed and occassionally caught. Don't forget about the other streams if you are just interested in catching trout. Middle Prong of Little River continues to fish well.

Early in the day I would fish nymphs with split shot to get them down. BH Prince Nymphs, BH Pheasant Tail, Tellico etc. As the day warms try some dries. Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, Blue Wing Olives have all been doing well.

There is still a couple of spots left in the Beginner Fly Tying Class going on this Saturday. If you want to take the class give us a call to reserve your spot.

Have a great rest of the week and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 9, 2012

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