Winter has certainly arrived in the Smoky Mountains with the first significant snowfall of the year. We got a few inches of snow here in Townsend, but there was more only a short distance away in the national park. Charity and I took the kids out for a romp in the snow but didn’t get any fishing in.
I took Tim Wilson of Cullman, Alabama fly fishing last Friday before it started snowing. It was a cold, gray day but the trout were pretty active. We started fishing with a #12 Pat’s Nymph and a #10 Prince Nymph trailer. Tim hooked several fish in short order and every one took the top fly, the Pat’s Nymph. I went ahead and clipped the big Prince off and replaced it with a #14 dark Z-lon Nymph.
Fish took one either of those flies all afternoon. The stream fished particularly well under the circumstances. Neither Tim nor I kept close count of the trout he landed, but it was probably around 15 in four hours and he missed plenty.
This week we’re expecting the weather the be a bit milder, but wetter. We’re hoping that doesn’t mean more high water levels, but we’ll take whatever we get. Reservoir levels are getting lower and it probably won’t be much longer before we see the tailwaters get fishable. Anyone who lives close the the Clinch might have been able to sneak in a few hours this weekend, but not much more.