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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Happy Veterans Day! All of us here at Little River Outfitters want to thank the men and women who have given their time and some ultimately their lives to military service for our great country. Without your sacrifices and efforts we would not have the liberty and freedoms that we all enjoy. Thank you for your service.

High, thin clouds are beginning to move into the area. Today's forecast is calling for beautiful weather but rain is coming for tomorrow. Water flows for Little River are excellent. This morning the gauge is reading 1.82 feet or 153 c.f.s. This is almost right at the normal flow of 140 c.f.s. The streams are flowing clear.

Josh Pfeiffer stopped back by the Shop last night as we were leaving. He had been up on the river with Joel. They caught quite a few fish, though the brown ate for Josh and still eludes Joel. They said that Little River was very quiet with fisherman which was a surprise.
Most of the anglers who came by the store yesterday were just looking to catch fish so we directed them up Tremont. Little River has been seeing quite a bit of pressure lately from the people hunting bigger browns. If I was just looking to catch trout I would head to Middle Prong ( Tremont ), West Prong of Little River or the West Prong of the Little Pigeon. If I had all day to fish I would most definitely make the trek over the mountain and fish the Oconoluftee River. It is full of brown trout but due to its distance from Knoxville it doesn't see the same kind of fishing pressure.

The water temperature was a little warmer this morning. It was approximately 44.8F according to the streamflow gauge. This is still chilly, so no need to be on the river waiting for the sun to come up. Fishing has been improving as the day warms. Especially if you are going to the high elevations looking for brook trout you don't need to be out too early.

Nymph patterns have been working well in the mornings. Add split shot to get them down to were the trout are. As the day warms switch over to a dry with a dropper. Small pheasant tails, hares ear nymphs, Tellicos etc will all work well.

I was talking to Walter Babb about one of the companies that we buy flies from. They tie patterns and pay royalties to the originator. The Mikes Magic Beetle that we sell is one of the flies which was originated by Mike Adams in upper East Tennessee. If Walter is up for it we might be able to have a steady supply of some of his favorite patterns like the Smoky Mountain Candy. It would likely be late Spring before we had flies to sell but I'll keep working at it.

Byron comes back from his deer hunting trip to Kentucky today. He'll be writing the fishing report tomorrow. I wonder if they felt the earthquake up there at the deer camp. I still have yet to feel one of the earthquakes here in East Tennessee.

Thank you for reading the Fishing Report and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
November 11, 2012

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