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. Frosty is the best way to describe this morning. Well pretty would work too as long as you don't mind cold. It is very crisp out at the moment.

Water temperatures took another nose dive overnight. The stream gauge is giving a reading of 44.4 F this morning. If you hadn't already pulled the waders out of storage and dusted them off, now is the time. Water levels are still a little below normal. The gauge is giving a reading of 1.54 feet or 79 c.f.s. which is below the normal of 121 c.f.s. The streams are clear so be extra careful when approaching. Advantages of low clear water is that the fish are more concentrated and it is easier to see the bottom structure.

The brown trout are spawning. They make their redds in the shallow gravelly water. This is the water that most waders like to wade in because it is safer and much less slippery. If you are wading be concious of this habitat. Redds are going to look like a cleaned out area in the gravel. Avoid walking through them so as not to disturb and crush the eggs.

Nymphs are going to be the best bet earlier in the day. Prince Nymphs, Tellico Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns and Green Weenies are all good choices. As the day warms you might want to try some dry fly patterns. Stimulators, Thunderheads, Blue Wing Olive, Elk Hair Caddis are all good choices. Sizes for nymphs and dries are going to depend on if you are fishing them solo or as a dropper.

Hugh Hartsell is here to do a FREE fly tying demo from 10 am till 2 pm. Byron talked in the Fishing Report the other day about a drawing that his grandfather did at his pharmacy. I wasn't sure when Byron wanted to start with him be Incommunicado.. I decided it should start today. We are doing a give away for a $100 Little River Outfitters Gift Card. There is no purchase required to sign up. You do need to be here at the shop to fill out an entry sheet (the point is to get people to come by and see the fly tyers). We'll do the drawing at 2pm today. You don't have to be present to win.
Since fishing is going to be slow this morning, stop in here at the Shop, grab some coffee (and donuts if there is any left) and watch Hugh tie some Smoky Mountain flies. You might even win $100 Gift Card!

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.

Free Fly Tying Demos!   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 9, 2013

A customer called found a rod and reel in the Smokies last Saturday. If you lost a rod or know someone that lost a rod last weekend give us a call and we'll put you in contact with him. The shops phone number is 865-448-9459.

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