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. This morning is starting out much more pleasant than the last few. It is not nearly as cold feeling as it had been. The sun is shining and the sky is clear. We should be in for a very nice day.
Thanks to Hugh Hartsell being here yesterday we had a very good Free Tying Demo. Hugh ties some great Smoky Mountain patterns including Yellarhammers. We did a drawing for a $100 LRO Gift Card. (you had to be here to sign up) The winner was Jackson Burke. Congratulations Jackson!
Water levels are below normal but still fishable. The stream flow gauge is reading 1.52 feet or 75 c.f.s. The normal flow for this date is 143 c.f.s. We could use some rain but it doesn't look like there is much chance in this week's forecast. Water temperatures are actually a little bit warmer this morning at 45.3 F. That is still chilly. Give the streams a chance to warm up some before heading out.
Anglers are having a good time out on the river. Low water concentrates where the trout are. The low clear water can make it harder to sneak up on them but atleast you know where they are. There is lots of leaves out there. Be careful on the banks especially first thing in the morning. Loose, frost covered leaves are a recipe for disaster. In the water leaves are no better. Don't wade through leaves in the river. Leaves will pile up in holes in the river. The water may look shallow but those leaves could be covering a depression that could cause a cold end to your fishing day.
When you head out there on the river I would start with nymphs. The regular patterns continue to work well. Prince Nymphs, Hares Ear, Copper Johns, etc. can be excellent ways to go. You might also want to pair them up with something less conventional like a San Juan Worm or even an egg pattern. The browns are spawning, so drifting a small egg pattern in the riffles below the big pools can be a good way to get the hungry rainbow trout.
New stock is starting to show up to help fill in our open spaced cause by moving the tying materials upstairs. One new item that arrived yesterday is a new net from Wolf Moon. It is called the Slope because the handle has a bend in it. The reason for this is to make it more comfortable to carry if you carry your net by sticking the handle through your wader belt. The bend allows the frame of the net to be slightly away from your back so it doesn't feel like a backbrace. It has a clear rubber net back to be fish friendly and only costs $102. The Wolf Moon nets are a fantastic product which are made be a guy and his wife in northern Wisconsin.
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.
Byron will be back later today from his deer hunting trip. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
November 10, 2013
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