Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee. Through the window it is a very pretty Winter day. The sun is catching on the snow and sparkling like a thousand tiny jewels. is COLD. The weather station at Tremont is currently giving a temperature of 14.8F. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has quite a bit of snow. The NOAA weather report is saying that there is 12 inches on the ground at Newfound Gap, 16 inches on Mt. Leconte, and 9 inches in Cades Cove. Of course you can't go see this snow because most all the roads are still closed. At 10am Newfound Gap (US 441) Road, Little River Road, Wear Cove entrance road, and Cades Cove Loop Road were all closed due to snow and ice. Tremont Road was open. If you want to get out in the snow that might be your best bet. Bundle up if you are going out.
Before you head to the mountains call their Road and Weather information line 1-865-436-1200. When you hear the message start hit 2 and when it starts again hit 2 again.

Getting down to the water by the swinging bridge was a hazardous affair this morning. I had to carefully pick my way down the stairs to get to where I could take the water temp. Ice was clinging to the rocks along the edge of the stream. The thermometer read 33F. I wasn't about to dip my fingers in to check.

With water and air temps as cold as they are fishing will be very difficult at best. Most definitely wait till later in the afternoon when the sun has had a chance to warm the water ever so slightly. Tailwaters are always a good destination this time of year. That water will be much warmer and consistent.

Yesterday we received some sample flies from Holly Flies. They are Neversink caddis with Chartreuse bodies and also some with Orange bodies. I think the chartreuse will be excellent in the Summer, especially in the high elevation streams. The orage will be a nice change for an attractor and should work great in the Fall.

Frog Hair leaders and tippet are back in business. It was bought by a nice couple from Pennsylvania. They have just gotten things up and running. I'm glad that Frog Hair didn't have to just go away. Of all the leaders and tippets out on the market, Frog Hair is one of the few that is different from the rest of the pack. Using their Gamma process they change the molecular structure of the monofilament allowing the material to be very supple but also very strong.

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

Daniel Drake
December 14 , 2010

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Our fly tying classes will be held in January and February.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

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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