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. From the warm side of the window it is an absolutely gorgeous morning. If you are brave enough to crack the door open be ready for an arctic chill. Atleast the sun is out so it doesn't feel so bad.

Water levels in the Smokies are getting better. The flow this morning is down to 2.79 feet or 537 c.f.s. The average flow for this date is 274 c.f.s. The flow is high...on the high side of safe wading so be careful. Be especially carefully going up and down banks early in the mornings. Frosty leaves are a recipe for disaster. Water temperatures are cold. 39.8F. There isn't much point in hitting the rivers early. Let the water warm some.

If you head out on the river nymphs are going to be the way to start. Prince Nymphs, Tellicos, Copper Johns, Hares Ear, etc. Don't forget the split shot. Trout get lethargic when the water drops below the 40 degree mark. Concentrate on the slower runs.

We have an exciting Saturday coming up tomorrow. Phil Brandt and Dean Campbell are going to be here from 10 am till 2 pm to do a FREE Fly Tying Demonstration. Stop by, grab some coffee, and learn to tie some big flies. We also have our last Beginner Fly Tying Class of the year. There is still space available. The cost for the Beginner class is $85 and you need to give us a call to hold a place for you.

Christmas shopping continues. We have been sending out a lot of Gift Cards. Gift Cards are a great gift because your relatives don't have the know anything about fly fishing or what you already have. They don't even have to drive all the way to Townsend because we can mail them out or for the procrastinators in the family we can email them.

I just looked at the time and I better get this posted before it gets too late. The weather forcast is calling for rain tomorrow. What better time to escape the Christmas crazyness of the mall and hang out in Townsend watching some great fly tyers.

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

Daniel Drake
December 13, 2013 

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