Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Morning broke cool and crisp, the sun illuminating a thin veil of fog which rolled down just above the icy water of the stream. The water is still cool but it is going to be perfect day in the Smokies. Todays UT football game is early so there shouldn't be crowds of people invading your favorite stretch of river.

Hugh Hartsell is downstairs getting ready to start his FREE fly tying demo. Brian Courtney was going to be here also, but he called this morning that he is under the weather. I feel for him. I'm on the recovery from a thankfully quick little cold. Fatherhood is great....but I know I'm going to long for the time with less germs and runny noses.

Fishing has been good in the Smokies. A customer noted yesterday that "Good" must mean good for this time of year. That is pretty much true. A good day of fishing varies by time of year. In the Spring, a great day on the water may mean 20+ fish with lots of great dry fly action. In the Winter, a great day may be just a few fish, and not falling in.

I would start out the day with some nymph patterns. Add some weight to get the flies down to the bottom. All the usual suspects should work. BH Prince Nymph, BH Pheasant Tail, Copper John etc. As the day warms you might want to add a dry fly to the mix. Parachute Adams are always hard to beat. You might also want to try an Elk Hair Caddis or a Blue Wing Olive.

Our Beginner Fly Tying Classes are starting next week. If you have been thinking about trying fly tying this is a great way to start. It will give you an excellent foundation to grow from. Also, the class allows you to try fly tying without making the investment of buying all the equipment. The cost is only $85 and that includes lunch. Just give us a call to sign up.

This is going to be a brief report. I would take the opportunity to head to the mountains and enjoy this pretty day. The next several are calling for a chance of rain.

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

Daniel Drake
November 13, 2010

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We are starting our Free Fly Tying Demonstrations on Saturdays again.  All you have to do is show up.  Our fly tying demonstrators will be active between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. 

On Saturday November 13th, Brian Courtney and Hugh Hartsell will be tying.  Brian is an excellent fly tyer.  He also teaches our fly tying classes with Walter.  Hugh is a guide specializing in the Smokies, South Holston and Holston Rivers.  He has a fly business and sells some unusual but very effective flies.  He is always willing to share what works for him. 


Our fly tying classes are starting Saturday November 20th.  The first one is a beginner school.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  Daniel is posting the dates on our website today in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday November 20 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday December 4 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying


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