Townsend, Tennessee
December 3, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a cool dreary day here in Townsend. I could see one lone cow out in the field this morning. She was up and munching the short grass happily. The cows have been moved down to the field next to the Visitor's Center. If they aren't out in the front it is very difficult to count them. I'm not sure I would put much faith in the Cow Standing Factor today. One cow isn't really enough data to make a sound conclusion, especially when more concrete factors are leaning toward a day of difficult conditions.

The water temps in the Little River system are still excellent. High 40's this time of year is very good. Unfortunately today, the water is high. 2.87 feet on the gauge, even though it is dropping is still not a good fishing level. The weather forecast isn't calling for much if any precipitation over the next several days which will help water flows.
The forecast is calling for Saturday to be COLD with a high only in the mid to upper 30's. It looks like a great day to come by the Shop and watch Jack Gregory tie some flies. The coffee is FREE and you are bound to learn something from watching and listening to Jack.

Speaking of fly tying. We still have several spots open in this Saturday's Beginner Fly Tying Class. This class is a great way to get started fly tying and is also an excellent way to find out if fly tying is for you before you make a commitment to buy the tools and materials. In the Beginner Fly Tying class you learn what the basic tools are and how to use them. Then you go step by step through 5 popular flies. As you learn these patterns you are learning the techniques you need to tie ever more complicated patterns.

If you decide to give fishing in the Park a try today or tomorrow, bring your nymphs and split shot. Water levels are high and cool so heavily weighted nymphs will be your best bet. As I went down to the river to take the water temp this morning I noticed tons of leaves on the banks. Be VERY careful with wet leaves. If you get early starts in the morning you need to be extra careful with frosty and frozen leaves, they can be even worse.

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

Daniel Drake
December 3, 2009

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